Frequently Asked Questions
There is currently no single overarching certification for the label “grassfed” in the U.S., like there is for “organic,” which means the term, when used by producers, can cover a wide range of raising practices for livestock. Because this ambiguity can make the label more vulnerable to manipulation by disingenuous companies trying to profit from grassfed’s popularity, we are always specific in identifying our herd and our dairy products as “100% grassfed.” No grain or corn ever enters our animals’ mouths. We welcome visitors to our farm to see this for themselves. We uphold this commitment because we believe it is the right way for our animals, our environment, and us.
During the colder months we feed our herd organic hay that we have grown and baled ourselves on pastures that we rent here in the area.
Our pasture-based system honors the natural design of our animals, rather than working against it. Cows are ruminants and have digestive systems that are designed for a grass diet. The health of the animals and the nutritional value of the milk they produce are compromised when their diet deviates from this natural state. By supporting our cows’ digestive and immune systems through an organic, grass-based diet, fresh air, and room to roam, we can raise animals that are generally healthy and do not need intervention from antibiotics.
Our milk and dairy products from 100% grassfed cows are good sources of these important nutrients:
- CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – a good fatty acid that has been shown to offer a host of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and triglycerides, strengthening the immune system, lowering insulin resistance, and enhancing muscle growth.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – good fats that reduce inflammation rather than promote it like the omega-6 fats in conventional grain-fed dairy products
- Vitamin E
- Fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, and K
No, we have a couple additional partner farms here in Indiana. As demand for our product increased over the years, we needed to increase our milk supply, so we cultivated relationships with other small, family farms who produce organic, 100% grassfed milk. Our partnership serves the double benefit of providing you with the highest quality milk and these farmers with a reliable milk market that allows them to continue doing what they love.
Yes, according to Indiana state law all milk and milk products for human consumption must be pasteurized, with the exception of raw milk cheeses that have been aged for 60 days or more. We use vat pasteurization as our preferred method. This process uses a lower temperature and longer amount of time in an effort to maximize nutrition and quality. The milk is held at 145 degrees for 30 minutes. We aim to preserve as many beneficial natural components of the milk as possible and to gently handle the fat and protein particles so they aren’t excessively damaged by the process. Since we do not homogenize our milk, the cream will still have some separation at the top of the bottle, but you can easily shake the bottle to reincorporate the cream throughout.
Indiana state law mandates that all dairy products sold for human consumption be pasteurized, but there are various pasteurization methods available to satisfy this requirement. For our whole milk and artisan cheeses we have chosen vat pasteurization. This process uses a lower temperature and longer amount of time in an effort to maximize nutrition and quality. The milk is held at 145 degrees for 30 minutes. We aim to preserve as many beneficial natural components of the milk as possible and to gently handle the fat and protein particles so they aren’t excessively damaged by the process. Since we do not homogenize our milk, the cream will still have some separation at the top of the bottle, but the vat pasteurization helps achieve a nice smoother consistency to the cream.
Health Benefits of Glass
Glass is the most trusted material for protecting the purity of its contents. It is made from natural, non-toxic raw materials. Unlike plastic, glass will never leach harmful chemicals into your food, no matter how many times it is used. Of particular concern are the bisphenol compounds (BPA, BPS, etc), found primarily in plastic packagings, which has been shown to disrupt hormones; recent studies have revealed that even BPA-free plastics can impact our bodies’ normal endocrine activity. With glass, there is no possibility for toxin contamination.
Glass is the only type of container that the FDA labels as GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe.
Environmental Benefits of Glass
Since glass is made completely from natural materials, it is 100% recyclable –over and over again, without any loss in its quality. The process requires less energy and uses fewer natural resources than any other packaging material.
We encourage you to recycle or reuse our glass bottles when you have finished enjoying the product inside! The versatile size can be repurposed for any number of household uses. Let us know how you repurpose our glass bottles and jars!
Numerous studies, with both children, adolescents, and adults, have demonstrated the benefits of full-fat dairy for maintaining a healthy weight and even promoting weight loss. For example, according to a 2012 review published in the European Journal of Nutrition, a review of 25 studies on high-fat dairy and disease risk indicated 18 studies that reported lower body weights, less weight gain, or a lower risk for obesity among full-fat dairy eaters. The other seven studies were inconclusive. “None of the research suggested low-fat dairy is better,” Dr. Mario Kratz, one of the study’s authors (source).
Regarding heart health, full-fat dairy improves HDL (the good cholesterol), lowers triglycerides, and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack. For example, a 2010 study from Australia, published in Nature journal, showed that people who ate the most full-fat dairy had a 69% lower risk of heart disease, compared with those who consumed the least amount. Check out this post on our blog to learn more about how to love your heart with full-fat dairy.
Yes! You can return your bottles to our Farm Store for a refund of your bottle deposit. We will sterilize and reuse the bottles and all do our part to help reduce waste and conserve resources!
Our products are crafted at our farmstead production facility, housed in the lower level of the restored 1860s barn on our farm.
You can purchase our products at our Farm Store, located on our farm at 9101 Moore Road in Zionsville. We value the farm-to-consumer connection and are happy to welcome you here to buy all the products we craft.
In our chocolate milk and some of our ice creams, carrageenan acts as a stabilizer, to keep the ingredients dispersed throughout the milk and maintain superior quality. We use a non-synthetic version that is derived from seaweed.