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Dear Sound Food,
Just wondering if any local farmers sell raw milk from Guernsey cows (not mixed with other breeds) to the public?  With the A1 versus A2 betacasein controversy, I'm looking for better milk for my kids.
Wondering


Dear Wondering,
We don't have many cow dairies in our immediate area. The only Guernsey dairy I know of is Golden Glen Creamery up in Bow. They aren't raw, but they sell their non-homogenized milk in glass bottles, and use vat pasteurization. You can buy Golden Glen milk at Pane D'Amore on the south end of the Island or at Real Foods in Winslow. They both also carry Dungeness Valley raw milk.

Other high quality cow (but not Guernsey) dairies in the area include Twin Brooks and Fresh Breeze. Both are in the Bellingham area and use vat pasteurization, which is done at much lower temps than the typical flash pasteurization so is less damaging to the milk. Also, Twin Brooks is non-homogenized, and is sold in glass containers. Both of these products are available at Town & Country and Central Market.
 
Here's a link that will take you to a long list of raw milk suppliers in Washington state: http://www.realmilk.com/where5?keepThis=true&TB_iframe=true#wa
I didn't see any Guernsey farms listed. There are lots of Jerseys - which is what Dungeness Valley has. There's another site called "Washington Raw Milk" - but I only see goat farms.

So you might need to decide between raw and Guernsey, or go to goat. Let me know if you find something I don't know about.
 
Good luck in your quest!



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