Buy a Share in Better-Than-Organic Raw Milk
It is not legal to buy or sell raw milk in Colorado, but it is legal to invest in a cow and receive a weekly dividend payment in milk. This is known a herdshare program.
Cloud 9 Farms, in Penrose Colorado, offers shares in our Brown Swiss/Jersey cow, Lucy. She produces an average of 3.5 gallons of full-fat, raw milk per day. Our cow is happy and healthy and you can taste the difference in her milk.
How a Raw Milk Share Works
You first need to choose how much milk you would like to receive per week. We offer shares that return ½, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 gallons per week. You will purchase a share (one-time fee), and then pay a monthly boarding fee which helps keep Lucy well cared for, healthy and happy. The first month’s boarding fee is due at time of share purchase. Resulting monthly fees are the due at the beginning of each month. We prefer payment in cash or check.
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Buy a Raw Milk Share
We have a limited number of share available right now - Contact us to reserve yours today!
Your first set of jars are included in your share purchase. As long as you return your jars each week, you will not need to purchase additional jars.
It is normal for raw milk to separate in the jars, because the milk is not homogenized. Homogenization is the process of breaking up the fat particles in milk, so that they stay in suspension. By not homogenizing, cream in the milk rises to the top and forms a cream line. Some people like to shake up their jar and drink the cream with the milk, and some folks prefer to separate the cream for other uses.
When we have surplus milk, we also have also raw cream available for shareholders! It is $9 per pint and $16 per quart. Our cream makes excellent butter, and ice cream, and we enjoy using it for cooking or in coffee.
Diet & Health
Our cows are 100% grass fed. They eat no GMO feeds, receive no hormones and receive regular veterinary care. We care for our animals like family to make sure they are healthy and comfortable. The cows are rotationally grazed through a diverse irrigated pasture. When needed, they also eat natural alfalfa and grass hay grown by Cloud 9 Farms and other local fields. We use no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides of any kind on our fields.
Safety & Testing
Even though Cloud 9 Farms is a small family owned and operated dairy, we utilize modern equipment and techniques. We milk the cows with a machine, then filter and chill the milk immediately.
Lucy joined our family to produce milk for us, so we make sure her milk is safe for our shareholders and our family. Once per month, we send samples to the Colorado State University Milk lab in Fort Collins for bacteria count, Salmonella and E. Coli testing.
We use a Styrofoam lined box and 2 frozen gel packs to keep the milk cold while on its way for testing.
When kept at the optimal temperature of 36-38° F. (2.2-3.3°C.), you can expect fresh raw milk to last from 7-10 days, once opened. When buying milk on hot summer days or if you have a long drive home, consider bringing a cooler bag and ice to keep your milk fresher, longer.
If you would like to learn more about the reported health benefits of raw milk, we recommend you read the information from the Weston A. Price Foundation: http://www.realmilk.com/key-documents/