Single-source, family farm dairy from the Catskills to you!

07May13

Do you know where your milk comes from? Even though New York State is the fourth largest dairy producing state in the country, much of the milk on our grocery store shelves comes to us via a Texas-based multinational corporation called Dean Foods.  Dean Foods is driving down the price farmers receive to care for and milk their cows, but this growing season you can purchase milk directly from family farms in the Catskills and Hudson Valley at your neighborhood Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in New York City.

Milk Not Jails is back with dairy shares at NYC CSAs this year.  This year we have full- and half-shares available to accommodate all household sizes. The deadline to buy your share is fast approaching, so order online today! We’ve added some new farms that we’re excited to tell you about.

Tim Tonjes talks about making cheese yesterday in the cheese cave on his dairy farm in Callicoon.

Tim and Mary Tonjes talk about making cheese in the cave on his dairy farm in Callicoon.

Tim Tonjes milks his cows in Sullivan County, New York’s poorest upstate county. He inherited the business from his father, who commercially milked their herd for major distributors.  But Tim didn’t like thinking of the beautiful Holstein cows on his farm as machines, and he has spent the past ten years returning the farm to sustainable practices.  He will be providing fresh, low-pasteurized and non-homogenized whole milk to our CSA.  Its single-source, meaning it doesn’t come from anywhere but his cows, who are raised from birth on his farm, never given BST growth hormone and turned out on pasture and fed forage from the farm all year long. Order your milk share from Tonjes Dairy here!

Shannon Mason and her mother, Gail Danforth, make butter inspired by their great-grandmother Martha, who won a butter award at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Shannon Mason and her mother, Gail Danforth, make butter inspired by their great-grandmother Martha, who won a butter award at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Shannon and her husband Hamilton Mason are also returning their family farm, Danforth Jersey Farm, to its legacy, inspired by Shannon’s great-grandmother’s butter award from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair that still hang in their farmhouse kitchen in Schoharie County.  A 7th generation farm, Shannon’s parents and children help her tend to their herd of Jersey cows and produce butter in their on-farm processing plant, Cowbella Creamery.  Their 30 Jersey cows produce a richer milk than Holstein cows and give their single, source small-batch butter a bright shade of yellow. Order yogurt and butter shares here! 

Dairy shares also include products from Hawthorne Valley Farm and Ronnybrook Farm Dairy.  Read more about the Milk Not Jails farms. Pick and choose what fresh, local dairy products you want to pick-up this season at the CSA by ordering your share today!



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