One big reason there has been rise in the local farmers producing and selling directly to friends, neighbors, and other members of the community is that people have become more skeptical of big ag and how their food is produced. You all want to know how your food is produced and where it comes from. As always it has been our goal to be open and honest about our production practices. Of course this is easy when everything goes right.
Last week our milk inspector informed us that our milk sample had come back positive for listeria. I am not sure how or why so I have agreed at the request of NYS Ag & Markets to suspend milk sales till we do further testing. We will be taking the next 2 weeks off to do more testing and evaluate our processes, to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
Some have asked us how often we test. The state requires that our milk be tested for pathogens every 3 months and the state does the testing. All previous tests have been free of listeria. A more general milk quality test is run on a monthly basis which has always come back very good.
I do ask if you still have some milk from us that you will dispose of it and contact me for a full refund.
Raw milk is an amazing food with many benefits and I’ve heard from a number of customers how it has really helped both them and their children. I am committed to producing the very best and safest raw milk possible and doing everything necessary to accomplish that goal.
This should have been up sooner but I was waiting to here from the state on a couple things. Thank you to everyone who has been very supportive. I will keep everyone updated on what’s happening and I hope to be back at it as soon as possible.