Raw Milk Info

I asked the waiter, “Is this milk fresh?” He said, “Lady, three hours ago it was grass.”  — Phyllis Diller

 

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We get phone calls and emails nearly every day asking to buy raw milk.

In New Jersey, the sale of raw milk is illegal. In fact, we are one of only 8 states that still ban all sales of raw milk. You can find raw milk in Pennsylvania (in stores and on the farm) and in New York (just from the farm).

Update, as of Spring 2016–S.1414 & A.696: Raw milk sales are currently prohibited in the state. Assembly Bill 696 and Senate Bill 1414 would allow licensed on-farm sale of raw milk and raw milk products; both bills state that a permit would not be required for a herdshare operation as long as there was a written contract between the farmer and consumer. Both bills have labeling and testing requirements. A.696 has been referred to the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee; S.1414 has been referred to the Senate Economic Growth Committee. (This was one of many bills to increase access to raw milk introduced in various states in 2015.

On our farm, all of our milk goes into making our raw milk cheeses. Our milk is tested twice a month and the farmers are with the cows at every milking to be sure all the cows are healthy and happy.

To be honest, even if the NJ law was changed we would not start bottling and selling raw milk. We drink it, we believe in it, and we wish everyone could drink it if they so desired. But our business is cheese.

 


1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens
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