What’s so special about our raw milk?
- We opperate under a Herdshare Program
We are in our 3rd year offering raw milk through our herdshare program. (We believe this is the best option for families and the farmers, as it helps maintain healthy animals so they can produce healthy food.) It’s also a way families have access to a steadier supply on a weekly basis. We commit to our farm families 24/7, 365 days a year and a mutual commitment is valuable to keep doing what we do. When we have openings, our herdshare seeks out families who share the same values of commitment.
- ALL of our sweet gals are A2A2 pure-bred AJCA registered Jerseys (and we’ve got the papers to prove each one). We even know their long lineage and who their great-grandparents where etc..! Several of our ladies’ lineage originated from faraway lands.
- We operate under a closed herd
It’s the best biosecurity management for keeping infectious diseases out of our herd. We’ve purchased our cows and tested them for all sorts of diseases and risks. Then we started birthing our own babies on the farm creating our now closed herd. No cattle in, no cattle out, just a cozy friendly healthy herd.
- Our cows live and love their lives on pasture
Along with adequate shelter and shade for all sorts of weather.
- Our momma’s raise their calves to weaning age
This means, a little less milk for us, but it also means happier and healthier cows, both for the baby calf, and the momma.
- Healthy cows, mean little to no conventional medicine
We utilize herbal and natural remedies to keep our ladies healthy, and if needed in rare or extreme emergencies, we may have to use conventional medicine or care (while having a withholding period.) So far, we’ve been fortunate to only need to use conventional medicine for one of our cows in the complete 3 years of running our herdshare. All of our cows are seen by our local vet for routine care and tested yearly. They are free of TB, Brucellosis, Johnes, BLV, and BVD.
- Lab Tested
We are diligently implementing safe procedures to ensure the highest quality of our raw milk for our own family & farm families by following Iowa’s law by testing our milk frequently, sending our samples off to a lab for monthly tests to ensure we keep providing safe, healthy, and delicious milk for years to come.
What is a Herd-Share?
We do all the hard work – the milking, the grazing, the care, the sanitizing, the doctoring, the testing, the bottling, the managing etc.
By joining our herd-share you are “buying in” to our dairy herd. We do all the above work for a monthly boarding fee per share. It’s really that simple.
At the beginning of joining, you will pay a purchase fee for your portion of the herd. This will allocate a gallon of raw milk for you each week.
Start-up costs includes your herd purchase, jar deposits, and first months boarding fee. After that, you will be billed only the monthly boarding fee, due the beginning of each month.
Pick-up at the Farm
You’ll be asked to choose from one of these weekly pick-up options at time of joining.
TUESDAYS – at Eden Ridge Acres (All year long, minus holidays) 2 pm – 6 pm
FRIDAYS – at Eden Ridge Acres (All year long, minus holidays) 2 pm – 5 pm
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT EDEN RIDGE RAW MILK?
Our herd consists of 100% pure A2A2 Jerseys. Their milk is unique – in the fact, they are known for their sweet, creamy and smooth tasting milk that is high in both milkfat and butterfat.
Their grass-fed diet ensures that their milk contains more than five times the amount of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) than grain-fed cows and is full of bio-available nutrients like Vitamin A, D, K and Calcium.
Jersey milk, on average, contains 18% more protein, 20% more calcium and 25% more butterfat than average whole milk. They produce a smaller quantity, but an extremely high quality of milk.
HOW MUCH MILK DO I GET IN A SHARE?
A single share will allot 1 gallon of milk per week. A half share will allot 1 half gallon. If you want more than one gallon a week, you must purchase more than one share.
MONTHLY BOARDING FEES & COMMITMENTS
All boarding fees are due the 1st of every month. However, we understand things can change for everyone overnight, so for your convenience there will be no long-term commitments. You can back out at any time with a simple 30- day notice and only need to maintain your boarding commitments up to that point until the time comes for your scheduled departure. Monthly boarding fees are non-refundable.
WHAT ARE BOARDING FEES APPLIED TOO?
WHY CAN'T I TASTE TEST BEFORE I PURCHASE?
Our herdshare contract is to protect you as the consumer as well as us, as your farmers – samples are not included in our state of Iowa protection policy, therefore we cannot offer samples before a purchase. Just like most things in the consumer world, you can’t go to the store to “taste” your food before you buy (unless you’re at the big box stores like Sam’s Club or Costco, ha!) We want our customers to be 100% sastisfied with their purchase while being 100% protected. So when you initially sign up and possibly find out you are not completely satisfied after your first “taste”, we are more than happy to give you a 100% refund by request. However, we will ask you your reasoning so we can better our services.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS MY PICKUP?
Going to be out of town? Can’t make it for your pickup?
You can choose to donate your share portion to the ‘blessing shares’ part of our program, and we will pick the next family down on our herdhsare list to bless, compliments of you and your family. This has been a fun and amazing part of our program that families have loved being part of, both the givers and the receivers!
WHAT BECOMES OF THE BABY CALVES?
HOW ARE THE COWS FED?
HOW IS THE MILK BOTTLED?
We bottle all our milk in half-gallon glass jars and BPA – food safe plastic reusable lids.
IS YOUR MILK CERTIFIED ORGANIC?
We are not. However we do not use growth hormones or prophylactic antibiotics in our animals and, although our land is not USDA certified organic, the only thing that ever touches our pastures is manure. We use no pesticides, herbicides, or sprays on our land so the animals are grazing on clean pastures and hay.
TESTING OUR MILK
HOW ARE COWS TREATED IF THEY BECOME SICK?
HOW DO I TRANSPORT MY RAW MILK?
Always keep your milk chilled. Even if you have a short distance to drive.
We can’t stress this enough! It’s imperative that you keep your milk in a cooler with ice or proper ice packs until you return home. Take care that it’s not left out for long at meal-times. Our family never leaves our milk out on the table or counter. We pour our milk and it goes directly back in the fridge. No exceptions.
If at any time your milk becomes unpleasant to drink due to leaving it out or of its age, simply discard the product. If you do not feel comfortable drinking aged milk or aging it into other products like cheese, just stick with the fresh milk you get every week. That will keep your supply fresh and you won’t have to worry about how old your milk is getting.
There are however many things you can do with aging milk. Sour cream, yogurt, cheese, the list is endless. There are a lot of recipes you can find online that will show you what to do with your aging milk. As time goes on we hope to become one of those online sources of information like that so keep an eye out as we grow and develop our site and herd.
WHAT DOES THE DATE ON THE MILK JAR MEAN?
Every single jar of milk we bottle will have a date that represents the day the milk was collected. The milk is guaranteed to be fresh for the following 5-7 days with little exception, so long as the milk is handled properly in your care.
IS RAW MILK SAFE TO DRINK?
CAN PEOPLE WITH LACTOSE INTOLERANCE DRINK RAW MILK
In general, we’ve found this to be true! Many members come to us for fresh, whole, unprocessed milk because of its digestibility, actually. Farmer Esther, being one of them!
A 2007 U of M and Weston A. Price survey actually found that around 89% of lactose intolerance actually goes away when they switch to raw milk.
There is an enzyme called lactase in raw milk that is killed during the pasteurization process, so your body is just left with lactose, which is particularly difficult for many peoples’ guts to digest alone. In unprocessed milk, both lactose and lactase are present, aiding your body in the digestive process. A small minority of people still have problems with raw cow’s milk, and that usually stems from a casein sensitivity or allergy (casein is another protein in milk like lactose).
Either way, unprocessed milk is a whole, living food that is designed to be consumed by a newborn calf with a weak immune system and a nominal intestinal track. What that means for us is that all the nutrients in unprocessed milk are completely bio-available and in the most easily digestible form possible. The more we process milk through pasteurization, homogenization and added food dyes, the more problems we encounter in our body’s ability to process the milk.
OUR CUSTOMERS & RAW MILK
Many of our farm families who cannot tolerate pasteurized milk are delighted to discover they have no trouble digesting our A2A2 grass-fed raw milk thanks to its probiotic nature. There are a couple families who have a family member who are lactose intolerant that drink our raw milk. Other people find that the heavy lactobacillus content in raw milk (similar to what you find in commercial yogurt or cultured buttermilk) helps keep their digestive system running smoothly. Many simply prefer the fuller taste of raw milk. Overall, majority of those who enjoy fresh raw milk do it simply to return to a more natural unprocessed diet as was intended by our Maker.
WHAT IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER ON PICKUP DAY?
We define “bad weather” as severe thunderstorm, hail, tornado warnings, lightening, blizzards or any weather not advised for travel – anything that prevents you or us from safely standing outside. If this type of weather occurs, we will contact you via email or text with alternate details.
If Eden Ridge Acres LLC is unable to carry out its obligations due to a Force Majeure
We will do our best to send out a written notice to customers in such an event, and the obligations shall be suspended to the extent necessary by such event.
The term Force Majeure shall include, without limitations, acts of God, medical personal emergency, plague, epidemic, pandemic, outbreaks of infectious disease or any other public health crisis, including quarantine or other restrictions, fire, explosion, vandalism, storm or other similar occurrence, orders or acts of military or civil authority, or by national emergencies, insurrections, riots, or wars, or strikes, lockouts, or supplier failures. Eden Ridge Acres LLC agrees to do what they can to accommodate the needs of the
customers as best as they can if able.
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JOIN THE HERD
Email: hello AT edenridgeacres.com if wanting to purchase a herd-share, or if you have any further questions.