Dairy Cow Share

From: $15.00 / month

Purchase one or more cow shares and receive fresh milk and/or dairy products from the farm.

What Share Owners Are Saying

My kids love the milk.  They said it’s the best milk we’ve ever gotten in the US.  Thank you!!!!

“This milk is amazing! The owners and their family are super fantastic, kind and very knowledgeable.”

“Let me tell you, this milk is delicious! They were willing to answer any questions I had about feed, antibiotics, their pastures, etc without rushing me. They are just a wonderful Christian family. Plus, it’s cheaper then organic store bought, healthier, tastier and delivered to my doorstep.”

 

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Description

To enjoy raw (i.e., fresh) milk in the state of North Carolina, one must be the owner of the cow from which the milk is taken.  This is not only true for the farm, but also for anyone who buys a share of a cow offered by the farm.  Michael Family Farm is happy to offer raw milk legally through our dairy share program.

How it Works

The program is very simple:

  • Purchase one or more dairy shares.  Shares cost $50 each and provide members with opportunity to receive one gallon of fresh milk per week for up to 5 years.  If God grants an increase in milk production, we will share that with our share owners.  This fee provides two 1/2 gallon glass jars and plastic lids for your milk, which must be washed and returned before new milk may be received.  Replacement jars and lids may be purchased here.  Please see our Dairy Share Agreement for more details.
  • Pay service fees for your shares.  Monthly service fee is only $20 per month per share.  This may be paid monthly or at the time of pickup.  Please see our Dairy Boarding Agreement for more details.
  • Schedule your dairy pickup at the farm or arrange free local home delivery.  Pickup will also be available at local farmers markets in the near future.

That’s it!  We take care of everything needed on the farm.  You can say hello to the cows any time you visit the market.

About Our Cows

We keep a herd of beautiful Jersey dairy cows, who are visible on the farm every day.  When the weather is bad, we provide them with high quality hay.  We do feed the cows a non-GMO grain mix at milking time to help bring them in, and to make sure their body condition remains good as they move through their annual lactation.  You’ll see us working to continually improve our pasture to provide our dairy cows with year-round access to fresh forage and, God helping us, achieve the long-term goal of a true “grass-fed” dairy–but the present health of our cows is our first concern.  All of our dairy cow manure is collected for our compost piles, meaning that there is no waste produced by our cows and our gardens receive the best fertilizer nature has to offer.

About Our Milk

Our milk is different from store-bought milk in many ways, which is the reason it is slightly more expensive.

  1. Our milk is fresher than store milk.  The “sell by” date on a grocery store milk container can be more than three weeks after the milk was collected from the cow.  We milk twice daily and you will always receive milk that was collected at the milking before you arrived–never more than 24 hours.
  2. Our fresh Jersey milk is creamier than store milk–some say the creamiest of all cows’ milk.  You will have plenty of cream for butter, whipping cream, etc.
  3. Our milk tastes better than store bought milk.  Our milk is creamy, sweet and delicious.
  4. Our milk is not “pasteurized”, but raw, so you do not need to be concerned about the loss of any “good” bacteria in our milk.
  5. Our milk is not “homogenized”, which means that cream in our milk will separate and rise to the top in your bottles, as it always did in the past.  You can remove that cream for coffee or home-made butter, or shake it up and enjoy a glass of delicious “whole” milk.
  6. We do not pump milk through pipelines into tanks here on the farm, but milk directly into clean, stainless steel buckets from which the milk is filtered twice and poured into clean bottles for cooling after milking.  All milking equipment is washed thoroughly and sanitized twice daily.  This limits the need for powerful cleansing chemicals, which include acids, used in many modern dairies.
  7. Our milk is stored in clean, half-gallon jars for convenient pickup and use at home.

Important:  Milk purchased through our dairy cow share program cannot be re-sold or distributed.

 

Additional information

Share Size

Whole Share, Half Share

Payment Method

Standard, Distributed, Annual