WILLIAMSTOWN -- Massachusetts consumers know a good thing when they drink it. Sales of raw milk in the state have nearly doubled in the last four years.
"It's not just that people love the taste," says Winton Pitcoff, Coordinator of the NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network. "They also know that when they buy raw milk they are helping to preserve local farms."
An upcoming weekend of events will give more people an opportunity to learn about raw milk and the dairies that make it. Cricket Creek Farm will be open for tours and other activities on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, as part of Raw Milk Dairy Days, organized by the NOFA/Massachusetts Raw Milk Network.
Visitors at participating farms will have opportunities to meet farmers, scratch cows, and learn more about raw milk. Cricket Creek Farm will offer tours, milking demonstrations, and sell a variety of products, including farmstead dairy items, produce, meat and baked goods.
"This is an opportunity for everyone to see how real milk is made here in Massachusetts," says Pitcoff. "Raw milk farmers produce an excellent, safe, healthy product and contribute a great deal to our state's economy and environment."
Raw milk has many health, economic and environmental advantages:
*Fresh, raw milk is sold directly from the farm in Massachusetts.
*When consumers buy milk directly from the farmer they are helping to preserve their community by paying a fair price.
*Farms selling raw milk and receiving a retail price are more sustainable, meaning long-term preservation of open space and the use of management practices that are beneficial to the environment.