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Grass fed milk in SF Bay area?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 23, 2011 at 10:17 PM

I'm looking to buy purely grass fed milk and live in San Francisco. I don't care at all if it's raw, unhomogenized, organic, any of that; I just want no grain in the cow's diet. Anyone know any places around the Bay where you can buy this?

FWIW, if you're in Washington State, http://www.pureeiredairy.com/index.cfm this is the best milk I've ever had. Available at PCC in Seattle, and other places in the less populated areas. :)

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on June 12, 2012
at 02:12 AM

Strauss herds are grass fed for part of the year. I know whether or not to buy their products by looking at the hills near my house. If they are green, the cows are probably eating grass. Right now the hills are brown, and the strauss products are not quite as good.

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on May 06, 2012
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Call up 3 stone hearth

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on May 03, 2012
at 01:41 AM

dsohei, may I also have your info on the Berkeley A2 cowshare?? I've just learned about A1/A2 milk and am eager to find A2 sources. My Yahoo ID is eastbayartists. If you'd email me there, I'd be grateful. Back to Google for me... Sorry, this was probably a very cold thread, but I'm not finding many options...

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 28, 2011
at 06:56 AM

emailed you yesterday, hope you got it, cheers - darius

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on June 24, 2011
at 07:52 PM

I would like to know about this Berkeley cowshare! :) There's no PM on here, is there? I'm the same as my username at teh gmail.

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on June 24, 2011
at 06:00 AM

Used to be grass. Bummer, must have gotten to be too big for their operation. Last I tasted it was pretty grassy, but it has been a while.

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on June 24, 2011
at 05:15 AM

If a person can afford and get straight grass-fed, more power to them. For me, going mostly with Clover (local, partially grass-fed, honest company) seems like the best I can do. I could get Humboldt from the co-op, but it would be trucked 6 hours.

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on June 24, 2011
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Strauss is grain fed. (from their website) "We work closely with an animal nutritionist to guarantee that our herd gets a properly balanced diet of grains, hay, legumes, home-grown silage and fresh grasses. Our cows are vegetarians."

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on June 24, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I mostly use Clover, partially because they seem like an honest company and partially because I want to support agriculture in the North Bay region.

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on June 24, 2011
at 01:49 AM

This is probably not as useful of an answer you're looking for, but I figured it was at least helpful... I have been on the same hunt!

Kelona SuperNatural claims grass fed, but I've only seen their yogurt/cream here in Cali (but milk/cream in other states). Might be worth checking into or asking stores that carry their other products: http://www.kalonasupernatural.com/our-process/

Organic Pastures (http://www.organicpastures.com/) also claims grass fed, but I believe it's "mostly" grass fed... so I am not positive if that's 100% year round. Andronico's carries them, and I've seen it at farmers markets. Also: raw, not cheap.

Ditto Claravale, which makes a statement for cows not being pastured year round here: http://claravaledairy.com/faq.html

Clover has cows pastured half the year: http://www.cloverorganicfarms.com/Ask_Clo.asp

I haven't seen/tried this before, but Humboldt Creamery says they "graze year-round in lush, open green pastures": http://www.fosterfarmsdairy.com/?p=175

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

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on June 24, 2011
at 03:50 AM

I mostly use Clover, partially because they seem like an honest company and partially because I want to support agriculture in the North Bay region.

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05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 24, 2011
at 04:42 AM

so, the answer you're not going to like is: pretty much all dairy cows of any breed are fed grains of some type, whether that means barley, wheat, corn, etc. because it is untenable financially to feed them only grass and/or hay. the grains make them produce more milk. i think the best you can do is pay the money (around $20 a gallon) and buy into a cow or herd share where you (kinda-sorta) own the cow. if you want info on jersey A2 cowshare in berkeley, just pm me or something. i'm dairy intolerant, but if it works for you go for it.

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on June 24, 2011
at 05:15 AM

If a person can afford and get straight grass-fed, more power to them. For me, going mostly with Clover (local, partially grass-fed, honest company) seems like the best I can do. I could get Humboldt from the co-op, but it would be trucked 6 hours.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on June 24, 2011
at 07:52 PM

I would like to know about this Berkeley cowshare! :) There's no PM on here, is there? I'm the same as my username at teh gmail.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on June 28, 2011
at 06:56 AM

emailed you yesterday, hope you got it, cheers - darius

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on May 06, 2012
at 10:10 AM

Call up 3 stone hearth

7a34d7821cf8982f444c6cd6dcdffdf3

on May 03, 2012
at 01:41 AM

dsohei, may I also have your info on the Berkeley A2 cowshare?? I've just learned about A1/A2 milk and am eager to find A2 sources. My Yahoo ID is eastbayartists. If you'd email me there, I'd be grateful. Back to Google for me... Sorry, this was probably a very cold thread, but I'm not finding many options...

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on July 29, 2013
at 06:55 AM

Organic Valley's Grassmilk is 100% year round grass fed. They specify that as well as "No Grains" on the carton. It's organic, pasteurized but not homogenized, so the cream goes to the top (you gotta shake it).

I get it at Whole Foods Franklin Store in San Francisco. I assume most of the area Whole Foods has it. Price is reasonable for 100% grass-fed organic running at about $5.50/half gallon carton. It is really good and the only milk I use now.

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on June 12, 2012
at 12:10 AM

I am interested in the berkeley cow share, how do i get more information?

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on June 24, 2011
at 04:09 AM

Have you tried Strauss? It comes raw,or pasturized cream top, in yogurt, ice cream, and I believe butter. I LOVE their products.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 24, 2011
at 06:00 AM

Used to be grass. Bummer, must have gotten to be too big for their operation. Last I tasted it was pretty grassy, but it has been a while.

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on June 24, 2011
at 04:17 AM

Strauss is grain fed. (from their website) "We work closely with an animal nutritionist to guarantee that our herd gets a properly balanced diet of grains, hay, legumes, home-grown silage and fresh grasses. Our cows are vegetarians."

9e6b9b3939c20089ddf7ff881c004fad

(98)

on June 12, 2012
at 02:12 AM

Strauss herds are grass fed for part of the year. I know whether or not to buy their products by looking at the hills near my house. If they are green, the cows are probably eating grass. Right now the hills are brown, and the strauss products are not quite as good.

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