If you've read all you care to about raw milk, don't worry, this is the last day of the raw milk series. You'll like today's story though, so stick with me for one more day on this topic. Before we get to that, I want to let you know that there's been a lot of activity in the comment section over in the My Dark Secrets post (scroll to the bottom). Be sure to check it out for some interesting information from another nutrition blogger, Anna, on why Agave Nectar is not a good choice for a healthier sweetener after all…
ON TO PART #4…
If you missed the others, here is part #1 about the many health benefits of raw milk, part #2 about safety issues and some logistics, and part #3 is a guest post from Karen Lubbers, who answers more questions about safety and also talks about clean farming practices. Today, in part #4, I'm thankful to my friend, Michelle, for agreeing to write a guest post for me! You'll love reading her story about how she and David decided raw milk was the best choice for their family.
A RAW MILK STORY
David and I belong to an awesome bible study group consisting of seven couples. We have been meeting every third Friday of the month for the last five years. We are so blessed to be a part of this group because they are dynamic, on fire for the Lord, raising warriors for God’s army and just plain fun to be around! (Kelly's note: read more about this group at my other blog.)
For quite a long time David and I have listened to them talk about free-range chicken, fresh brown eggs, raw (I don’t like that word) milk and organic peanut butter. And truly, as weird as that all sounded to us, we were the oddballs because we ate all the bad, “tainted” food we buy at Meijer, and still do! The group kept using the word “raw” (which reminds me of uncooked meat). Even though the thought of “raw” milk really sounded awful, I felt that the milk I did buy was not good either. It has always bothered me that young girls are developing so much quicker and menstruating at a much younger age. I have even gone so far as to think that since cancer is everywhere in everyone’s families, that perhaps it is coming from our milk…
At this point David and I decided to start making some small changes in our kitchen. Kelly, a.k.a the Kitchen Kop, had picked up some organic peanut butter and jelly for us at Cosco. So, while I was at Kelly's picking up our peanut butter, I asked if I could taste her “raw” milk. I was shocked at how wonderful it tasted, thinking it would be horrid! Kelly told me that they call their “raw” milk, “fresh” milk, which I liked the sound of a whole lot better, and she was kind enough to give me some that I could take home and test on my family.
That evening at dinner, I poured my son a glass of fresh milk without telling him, as he is my biggest milk-drinker. He guzzled it like he would the store bought milk. I proceeded to tell the rest of our children what he had and they were all amazed! I also made them each try a little sip. They all agreed that they liked it and were surprised that it did not have some kind of weird taste.
From there, Kelly gave us the name of Karen Lubbers, who owns Lubbers Farm and lives ten minutes from our house! We called and told her we wanted to buy a share of a cow, the only way you can buy fresh milk in Michigan. Karen is wonderful and we are excited to own a share and a half of Mona. I couldn’t wait for the kids to come home from school so I could tell them about our new ownership. She is beautiful and has gorgeous eyes, they look like they have eye liner around them! I never thought I could be that excited about a cow! Every Tuesday morning we take our Mason jars to fill up and bring home three gallons of fresh milk. And I didn’t even have to milk her myself!
photo by: kevinzim
We have made a big change in our home by drinking fresh milk and are very happy to have made this step. We will continue making baby steps for better choices in our eating and drinking habits. Again, we are blessed by Kelly and our wonderful bible study group for sharing their good nutritional habits with us!
Thanks for listening!
NOW THAT WE'RE AT THE END OF THIS SERIES, PLEASE LEAVE ME A COMMENT BELOW AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT RAW MILK! Do you still think I'm crazy? Does it sound reasonable but you wonder if it would fly with your family? Are there questions you wonder about that I haven't covered? Bring it on, I can take it!
RELATED POSTS & LINKS:
Here’s a book on the topic that you’ll definitely want to read: The Untold Story of Milk
- Do you know anyone with psoriasis? Check out my sister's comment in part #1 of the Cod Liver Oil series (scroll to the bottom for the comments)
- More raw milk testimonies – everybody loves a good story!
- Still don't think you'll switch to raw milk? Read here about the next-best options
- Part #1 about the many health benefits of raw milk
- Part #2 about safety issues and some logistics
- Part #3 is a guest post from Karen Lubbers, who answers more questions about raw milk safety and clean farming practices
- Raw Milk Benefits and Information: Q & A with Mark McAfee
- My Dark Secrets
- Scroll down at this site for more interesting reading on raw milk