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 4.5 gallons of full-fat, raw milk per day. Our cow is happy and healthy and you can taste the difference in her milk.
Diet & Health
Our cow is 100% grass fed. She eats 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.
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 or 3 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
Milk Pickup / Host Homes
Starting in 2018, our milk delivery will work different than in previous seasons. Instead of meeting at a set time in a parking lot, we will be delivering milk to "Host Homes". Shareholders are then free to pick up milk at various times over a few days. This will be a more convenient solution for anyone who has not been able to pick up milk due to schedule and time restraints.
At our Host Homes, we will drop off milk in an easily accessible fridge by a designated day and time. There will be a lock on the door with a code that only shareholders will have access to. You will then be free to pick up your milk at the time that is the most convenient for you.
*** We are not be able to honor any requests to hold milk. If you are going on vacation or you are not able to pick up your milk, we suggest that you have a friend or family member pick it up for you. Any milk not picked up by the last pickup window will be forfeited. ***
The first set of jars are included in your share purchase. As long as you return cleaned jars each week, you will not need to purchase additional jars.
All jars must be returned, in CLEAN condition, before shareholders may receive more milk. If you still have milk left when it is time to pick up your milk, please move the left over milk to your own container.
Jars are to be used only for milk - please do not use our jars for fermenting, pickling, storing, etc.
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 $8 per pint and $15 per quart. Our cream makes excellent butter, and ice cream, and we enjoy using it for cooking or in coffee.
Safety & Testing
Even though Cloud 9 Farms is a small family owned and operated dairy, we utilize modern equipment and techniques. We milk with a stainless steel 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 La Junta, CO 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/