by Daniela, The Real Foodie
Today my delivery arrived in Southampton from my farm buying club in Miami! (which actually comes from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania—for legal reasons to do with raw dairy I can’t mention the name.) I can’t believe that I suffered for the last two years since I left New York and ended my farm buying club membership here; every time I would visit my family in Southampton for holidays and and during the summers when I would stay for several weeks, I would be stuck without any raw yoghurt or kefir. I used to drive for miles to a local farm in Bridgehampton every other day to stock up on pastured eggs, meat and raw milk and would have to make my own kefir and yoghurt from the raw milk, which never turned out well. After the entire summer last summer of feeding Olivia the raw milk, yoghurt and kefir from the farm (I can’t mention any names) I found out that the cows, which I thought were 100 percent grass fed, were being fed GMO soy while they were milked twice a day! (I got suspicious one time after I saw soy beans scattered on the floor of the barn and asked.) So this summer I was researching other farms to buy raw milk, the closest being in Riverhead (which isn‘t close) but when I called the farm they didn’t answer. Then my friend who is also a member of the Miami club told me she orders directly from the farm by mail when she spends her summers in Westhampton. I never knew I could order directly from the farm and receive the refrigerated package the next day by mail, still cold! What a difference this will make to my summer! I will still go to my local farm stands for fruits and vegetables (even the one in Bridgehampton which sell many other good things) and support the local food here but at least I won’t have to worry about where to find raw milk and it will save me a lot of driving.