I moved back to my hometown about a year ago, after spending 10 years in Seattle, WA, where health products and alternative food choices were everywhere. Whole Foods, PCC and Trader Joe’s were all within 5 miles of my house. I was in my glory and quite spoiled to have it all at my fingertips! As you can imagine, it was a bit of an adjustment to come back to “small town USA.” The closest Whole Food Market was 75 miles away. I was sad, disappointed, and felt as if I had to give up living the lifestyle I wanted to live, due to the lack of resources.
Filling my mason jar…
The problem was, I was looking for the big things and overlooking all the small signs and signals around me. One of my favorite discoveries after being here for a couple of months was Shunpike Dairy Farm. I met Liz about a year ago, and she is all about connecting with our local community. Connecting with her and other people that come to this farm made me realize that this area has AMAZING choices!
I really look forward to my weekly trips to the farm! It’s gratifying to fill up my 1/2 gallon mason jars full of the ice cold, creamy goodness! It always makes me feel good that this milk came directly from the beautifully cared for, pasture fed, dairy cows. All the nutrients, enzymes and probiotics are still in raw milk. Conventional milk is pasteurized or ultra-pasteurized, which means it is brought to a very high temperature which ends up killing off all of the nutrients, enzymes and probiotics in milk.
Feeding my soul…
The experience of going to the farm has become just that: an EXPERIENCE, an experience that is feeding my soul! It is not only about the milk…sometimes I visit and say “hello” to the cows and pick up some eggs, or I meet people and get into a conversation about homemade yogurt and cheese. I am connecting with my community and it feels great! I feel lucky to be only 10 minutes from the farm. Several people drive up from the city to get this glorious raw milk! I recently met a couple that was so happy to find Shunpike Dairy because now they would not have to drive to Pennsylvania to get it!
In an effort to bring awareness to the wonderful community that Shunpike Dairy has attracted, we have put together Shunpike Dairy Summer Event Series for each Saturday during the summer. This is a great opportunity for you to meet great people and learn the wonderful, healthy resources you have at your fingertips!
Yours truly will be there this Saturday! Come by to say hello! I look forward to seeing you!