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I'm having a debate w/ my husband about which is better. ORganic
milk is about twice the price of Trader Joe's regular milk. The
regular milk claims to not use growth hormones either, so what
is the benefit of buying organic milk - of course, the socially
responsible choice - but are there other health benefits to
BUY ORGANIC MILK PRODUCTS!
Dairy is one of the MOST important things to buy organic because
pesticides settle in the fat of animals who eat non-organic feed.
That fat is expressed in the milk of cows... but all organic dairy
products if you buy anything organic! Also important are
strawberries, celery, potatoes and apples.
Organic is BEST!
I have had alot of trouble lately buying good milk. While many
brands all boast that they do not use the harmone BHT (or whatever
it is)on their cows, the milk has the distinct taste of
chemicals/drugs. I have found this at several stores after buying
multiple gallons from each store. I can't say what is so special
about ''organic'' milk, but can advise you that all ''regular''
milk is not the same judging by the taste. I return all milk that
tastes of chemicals. My family members concur with the chemical
taste as well. The Lucky store near us sells regular milk that
tastes like regular milk with no chemicals. I suspect all the milk
brands put the ''our cows are not treated with BHT'' labels on the
bottles to keep sales up but what goes in the jug is a different
story and nobody but us notices and nobody is checking. Maybe
''organic'' is a safer bet. I tried Trader Joe's regular milk and
it seemed fine to me. Safeway has the tainted milk as well as
other area markets.
concerned milk drinker
Check out this website:
Lots of information on organic milk. There's more to it than just
whether it is organic or not - and I think this report actually
rates Clover regular milk as more ethical than TJs (from memory).
I don't buy TJ's milk at all any more.
Yes, there is a huge difference between organic and non organic
milk. You can look at it from 2 sides: what's not in organic milk
(pesticides, herbicides etc.) but also, what organic milk has that
convential milk does not and this includes increased levels of
nutrients, omega 3 fatty acids and other good stuff, see this
Actually Buy Goat Milk
Organic milk has more nutrients than conventional. Here?s a quick
link I found:
Cows that produce non-organic milk can be fed just about anything
including melamine tainted feed, GMO feed, antibiotics, etc.
Non-organic cows also don?t need to be treated as well, for
example they aren?t required to have access to open pasture. But
chances are good that the conventional milk at Trader Joe?s is
probably from a decent dairy such as Clover or Berkeley Farms.
Let?s hope, because I?ve had to switch over myself recently to
I'm looking for a good recommendation for super fresh farm eggs. Do you
buy them from a store? From one of the farmer's markets? Let me know!
Cost is not a big deal.
dreaming of bright yellow yolks
I get my eggs at the Saturday Farmers Market in Berkeley. Both Riverdog
Farm and Kaki Farm have fresh eggs from pastured chickens. Riverdog's eggs
are organic but Kaki are not certified. Both are delicious and very fresh.
I am sorry that I don't have an answer to your question, just a comment.
Good eggs have orange yolks, not yellow.
As a bedtime story, I tell my little girl about visiting my grandmother on
her farm, and her making me an egg fresh from the hen house every
morning... Since I prefer not to live in Iowa, I try to buy eggs from
Petaluma. If you visit the SF Ferry Market on Saturday morning, there are
several sellers who will explain to you their many varieties of farm fresh
eggs. When I can't make it to the Ferry market, I buy Judy's which are
sold at Whole Foods, and probably other ''organic'' grocery stores. There
also was an article in the SF Chronicle Food section maybe 6 months ago
about where to buy farm fresh eggs.
still love fresh eggs
In my opinion the very best in the bay area are from 3 stone hearth. You
can order online www.threestonehearth.com and pick up in Berkeley near
Aquatic Park. There food is wonderful and ''truly'' organic. The yolks of
their eggs are the yellowest that I have seen and they are quite tasty. If
I can't make it there for any reason, my second favorite is Mr. Davis (he's
an older gentleman that also sells pecans, brittle, potatoes and pies) at
the Tuesday Berkeley Farmer's Market on Derby and MLK. Enjoy!
Egg snob in Berkeley
Just a comment about color of yolks: it depends on the variety of
chicken and what they eat. For example, some farmers feed their chickens
marigolds to make the yolks darker yellow/orange.
We'd like to feed our year-old twins organic goat milk when I
stop breastfeeding, but have been surprised to find that
organic doesn't seem to be available locally. Has anyone else
looked with more success?
Thanks in advance,
The only product I've seen is the Meyenberg brand and per their
website: ''MEYENBERG products are completely natural without
preservatives, no antibiotics, or bovine growth hormones
That might be as close to natural as you can probably get. And
I believe you can find them in the supermarkets as well as the
natural food stores. Otherwise you might want to find a goat
breeder who raises goats organically and get milk from them.
Does anyone out there know of any breeders in the bay?
My husband and I are going to be taking our 18 month old son in
August to Mongolia and China. I know that they have milk
available there, but I'm a bit worried that it may not taste the
same as the milk here. I've heard that Horizon makes a vaccuum
packed milk but I haven't seen it anywhere. Does anybody know
where I can find this product? Or have any other suggestions
for transporting milk on a 20 hour flight? We will have a
refrigerator in our hotel room but that's a long time for milk
not to be refrigerated. Any ideas would be greatly
Whole Foods and Yasai market on College, but they are expensive!
We just found cartons of milk that do not need to be
refrigerated at Andronico's (Shattuck & Cedar, juice-box size)
and Monterey Market (quart size, made by Parmalat).
We buy vacuum packed parmalat milk at Berkeley Bowl (it's right
next to the soy milk), comes in 8 0z. packages, tastes fine, we
use it for camping or car trips.
I don't have firsthand experience with vacuum packed cow's
milk, but I have seen it in the Carribbean so I'm guessing it
would be okay for your purposes. I can, however, recommend
vacuum packed rice milk, which my son drinks because he is
allergic to dairy. When I was trying to wean him he would not
drink soy formula or soy milk, because they taste and smell
pretty bad, but he took to rice milk just fine. I now use it
on my cereal because it is so much easier than cow's milk, and
it tastes good--very mild, sort of sweet (which makes it great
on cereal), no unpleasant smell, and the Rice Dream Enriched
brand is vitamin and calcium fortified. They make chocolate
and vanilla too, but we like the plain enriched version. It's
so convenient because you can always have it a supply in the
cabinet (they are good for about a year before opening!), and
in the earthquake kit. They make juice box-sized 3-packs also,
which are good for travelling but not as economical. The 32-
oz. box would probably be the best for your purposes.
I'm returning to work only after 7 weeks of maternity leave. I
may need to supplement breastmilk with formula. I'm looking
for organic formula brands. Also, how does the price of
organic forumla compare with non-organic? Is organic forumla
worth the cost? Suggestions are much appreciated.
Horizon organic is the only organic formula that I've seen (and
purchased). It seems to run from $3-$5 more than the non-organic
brands, if I remember correctly.
I don't believe there are any organic formulas for infants
(under 12 months) out on the market; only for toddlers. You
could pump at night/work to make up for the times you're not
with your baby. But if this is not working out then you might
want to look into organic goat milk. It is are easily
digestible and closer to human breastmilk than cow's milk or
commercial formulas. Meyenberg is a well-known producer of goat
milk. Check out their website at www.meyenberg.com. Good luck.
In one of the previous responses someone wrote in that there is
only organic formula for toddlers. The other brand besides
Horizon, I think it's called Baby's Best, does say ''for
toddlers'' on the label. But a friend of mine actually called
the company to ask them about this -- they told her that the
formula is fine for infants, and that the reason they say ''for
toddlers'' on there is because they believe babies should be
breastfed until at least 1 year old. (What I'd like to ask them
is what about those babies whose mothers are unable to
breastfeed?) You might want to call them directly to hear their
explanation first hand. In any case, at around 7 months my son
started getting some of the Babys Best organic formula and had
no problems. It can be purchased at any of the natural food
stores and at Elephant Pharmacy.
Here's another posting about ORGANIC FORMULA. There is a great
brand that I used for the whole first year of my daughter's
life. It's called BABY'S ONLY Organic Toddler Formula. I printed
out a list of the nutrition facts and compared them to other
infant formulas. The only significant differences seemed to be a
tiny bit more calcium and fiber. My pediatrician checked out the
information and agreed with me that it would be appropriate for
an infant. It comes in dairy and soy. The cost is $10-11/can,
but you can get case discounts at Whole Foods, Berkeley Bowl,
and Berkeley/El Cerrito Natural Foods.
I never had a full milk supply due to prior surgery, so I had no
choice but to supplement. I'm studying for my Masters in
Holistic Nutrition, and I've always tried to eat organic, so it
was really important for me to find a healthy alternative for my
baby. She just turned one, and she is very healthy.
I recommend the website, which can answer any questions for you.
P.S. The company will send you 2 free cans of formula for every
24 proof-of-purchase seals that you send in.
Some time ago, I read about a milkman who delivers in
Marin and San Francisco, but now I cannot find any
information about his service. Does anybody know of a
milk delivery service in the bay area?
It would be my dream come true to have milk brought to my
Thirsty in San Francisco
The man you are referring to is Mike, the Milkman---he delivers
from the South Bay all the way up to Marin, with a few East Bay
spots thrown in. His number is 800-464-MILK. Very reasonable
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