Frequently Asked Questions
There is currently no single overarching certification for the label “grassfed” in the U.S., like there is for “organic,” which means the term, when used by producers, can cover a wide range of raising practices for livestock. Because this ambiguity can make the label more vulnerable to manipulation by disingenuous companies trying to profit from grassfed’s popularity, we are always specific in identifying our herd and our dairy products as “100% grassfed.” No grain or corn ever enters our animals’ mouths. We welcome visitors to our farm to see this for themselves. We uphold this commitment because we believe it is the right way for our animals, our environment, and us.
During the colder months we feed our herd organic hay that we have grown and baled ourselves on pastures that we rent here in the area.
Our pasture-based system honors the natural design of our animals, rather than working against it. Cows are ruminants and have digestive systems that are designed for a grass diet. The health of the animals and the nutritional value of the milk they produce are compromised when their diet deviates from this natural state. By supporting our cows’ digestive and immune systems through an organic, grass-based diet, fresh air, and room to roam, we can raise animals that are generally healthy and do not need intervention from antibiotics.
Our milk and dairy products from 100% grassfed cows are good sources of these important nutrients:
- CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – a good fatty acid that has been shown to offer a host of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and triglycerides, strengthening the immune system, lowering insulin resistance, and enhancing muscle growth.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – good fats that reduce inflammation rather than promote it like the omega-6 fats in conventional grain-fed dairy products
- Vitamin E
- Fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, and K
Health Benefits of Glass
Glass is the most trusted material for protecting the purity of its contents. It is made from natural, non-toxic raw materials. Unlike plastic, glass will never leach harmful chemicals into your food, no matter how many times it is used. Of particular concern are the bisphenol compounds (BPA, BPS, etc), found primarily in plastic packagings, which has been shown to disrupt hormones; recent studies have revealed that even BPA-free plastics can impact our bodies’ normal endocrine activity. With glass, there is no possibility for toxin contamination.
Glass is the only type of container that the FDA labels as GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe.
Environmental Benefits of Glass
Since glass is made completely from natural materials, it is 100% recyclable –over and over again, without any loss in its quality. The process requires less energy and uses fewer natural resources than any other packaging material.
We encourage you to recycle or reuse our glass bottles when you have finished enjoying the product inside! The versatile size can be repurposed for any number of household uses. Let us know how you repurpose our glass bottles and jars!
Numerous studies, with both children, adolescents, and adults, have demonstrated the benefits of full-fat dairy for maintaining a healthy weight and even promoting weight loss. For example, according to a 2012 review published in the European Journal of Nutrition, a review of 25 studies on high-fat dairy and disease risk indicated 18 studies that reported lower body weights, less weight gain, or a lower risk for obesity among full-fat dairy eaters. The other seven studies were inconclusive. “None of the research suggested low-fat dairy is better,” Dr. Mario Kratz, one of the study’s authors (source).
Regarding heart health, full-fat dairy improves HDL (the good cholesterol), lowers triglycerides, and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack. For example, a 2010 study from Australia, published in Nature journal, showed that people who ate the most full-fat dairy had a 69% lower risk of heart disease, compared with those who consumed the least amount. Check out this post on our blog to learn more about how to love your heart with full-fat dairy.
We encourage customers to recycle the bottles or, better yet, reuse them. You are also welcome to drop off empty jars and bottles to our Farm Store, and we will recycle them.