I hope that this does not violate the spirit of HGF's discussion
board, but I know that Meg is a valued contributor to our discussions
and I think that the health of the local food production network
should be of importance to our membership.
Windsor Dairy is a membership-based raw milk cooperative with
impeccable testing and production standards that also sells grass-fed
beef, whey-fed pork and free-ranged broiler hens and eggs to the
general public, both at their on-store farm and at the Boulder Farmers
Market and the Fort Collins Winter Markets.
This year's drought has made it impossible for the dairy to put up hay
from their own pastures and the price of hay, as you may have read
about, has nearly tripled in the larger region, so Windsor Dairy is
facing an extra $170,000 in hay bills to feed their animals through
the winter. This is a staggering increase that could crush their
business, if they cannot raise extra revenues.
They could use all the extra business we can provide them
individually, and if you have friends that care about local, high-
quality, sustainably-produced food, it would be great if we could
encourage others to support Windsor Dairy as well. They sell
individual cuts of meat and they also sell sides of beef. Pre-ordering
beef from them would help their cashflow.
If you have the ability to support local producers who treat their
animals well and provide healthful food to their customers (and this
is why I grow as much of my own fruits and vegetables as I can, so
that I can afford to buy meats, eggs and milk from these producers) I
hope that you will consider buying from Windsor Dairy this fall. And
if you have ever wanted to try raw milk for the health benefits, I can
tell you that they test every batch for pathogens, the milk is
delicious, and my family is convinced of the significant health
benefits of carefully-produced raw milk.
You can find information about their meat and eggs, as well as their
cow shares, at www.windsordairy.com
Thanks for considering this. Community supported agriculture is a
passion of mine and it is in trying times that community members need
to step forward and shoulder a small part of the burden each so that
our local providers can continue doing what they love and what we
appreciate so much. This drought is certainly proving to be a trying
time for growers large and small.