Dixie and Maribell
NH Honey.com

Feeding a Family on 2 Acres
Raw Jersey Milk and Free-Range Eggs, in Amherst, NH

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Current Products and Prices: At various times of the year, we offer RAW MILK, free range eggs, honey, berries, vegetables from our backyard farm.
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The course meets on Saturday mornings for 5 weeks and covers, (1) Keeping Chickens, (2/3) Making Your Own Dairy Products, (4)Bees for Pollination and Honey, Gardens and Food Preservation, and (5)Slaughtering Chickens for Meat. details

Currently Available Product Price  

Here's Today's Surplus Update:


Raw Jersey MILK
sold in 1/2 gal & quart jars

$6.00* 1/2 gal

$3.25 quart

*Includes a $2 or $1 jar deposit

Raw whole Jersey milk is available for "regular pick-up". We use a jar exchange system and you pick up on your specific day of the week, exchanging your clean jar for the new one.

Dec 2014: All our milk pick up openings are currently full

Amherst Raw Honey
$10 / pound

SOLD OUT FOR SEASON

More in Spring 2015

Free Range Chicken Eggs
$4.75 / dozen These are available most days. Check the twitter feed on this page or the white board as you drive past.

Fresh Pastured Chicken


$4.00 / pound

Available throughout the summer on Harvest Dates:
Chickens available again starting in April 2015

We are a family with backyard milk cows and laying hens who supply us with more milk and eggs than we need.
So we're happy to share the surplus with friends and the community.


How can you buy Raw Milk from our farm?
email

We currently sell milk by reservation only. Email if you are interested in getting on our Farm Products email list. We will let you know when we have milk, eggs, honey, chicken and beef.

You can also check our Twitter feed, or


Rosie & Claribell, waiting for spring!

Welcome baby "Pebbles" born November 15, 2012

Welcome "Betsy" born January 30, 2013
Rosie's new bull calf July 24, 2013

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Email info@NHHoney.com if you'd like to be notified of openings.

Here are the current slots OPEN for REGULAR WEEKLY pick up

Update: Decenber 1, 2014: Claribell's calf is still on her, so milk is limited. All currently openings are filled.


Email us:
info (at) NHHoney.com

We ask our milk customers to agree to:
1. Return your lid and jar CLEAN (run through a dishwasher) and ready to be refilled.
2. NEVER store anything other than milk in your jar.
3. If you forget your clean jars, just leave $2 deposit when you pick-up and bring the other jars the following week.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is your cow grass fed? Organic? Hormones? Antibiotics?
Our cows are primarily grass (and hay in the winter) fed. They graze in the backyard pasture. Each gets a coffee-can full of grain (BlueSeal MIlk Maker) at the morning and evening milking as a treat and as a way to give her some vitamins, protein and the selenium that must be supplemented here in New Hampshire. They have never had hormones used on them, but we do NOT use organic feed /hay. It is very difficult to do organic in New England due to the mineral shortage in our soil. We feel she is healthier with regular grain. As far as antibiotics - it is illegal for ANYONE (even commercial dairies) to release milk tainted with antibiotics into the milk supply. So no milk you ever drink from any source should contain antibiotics (people get this confused I think with the beef industry). If we ever have to treat an infection with antibiotics, we have to throw away the milk for 5 days (actually, we "throw" it to the chickens - they are thrilled!).

Is raw milk safe to drink?
If you google, "raw milk" you will find many, many discussions on the topic of raw milk. Much of the information on raw milk comes from misunderstandings and political pressure from the commercial dairy industry. When everyone had a family milk cow who grazed on grass, no one worried about "bad milk" because the "good bacteria" in grass-fed milk outweighs the "bad bacteria" and actually keeps the milk safe to drink. In fact this type of milk doesn't go bad, ever. It simply turns to cheese.

When milking made it's big move to commercial dairies, the diet of the cow switched from mostly grass to mostly grain. The change in diet and the crowded commercial dairy conditions suddenly made raw milk a health hazard. The actual make-up of the milk had changed and it was now subject to having the "bad bacteria" take over and make people sick. To preserve their large commercial dairies, the obvious solution was to pastueurze or heat the milk. This "cooked" milk of course destroys all the bacteria (good and bad) and changes the protein structure of the milk. Viola' - a completely new product that many people suddenly couldn't digest (the beginning of milk allergies and lactose interolerance) and something that would "spoil" eventually. Obviously the dairy industry had to do a big "sell" to the consumer to get them to accept this different product, and many of us were raised still under the belief that only pasteurized milk is truly safe to drink. In fact, a backyard cow, fed primarily grass & hay and housed
in a clean facility produces a real milk that is perfectly safe to drink.

Who drinks Raw Milk?

Many people who cannot tolerate pastuerized milk are delighted to discover they have no trouble digesting raw milk, so many lactose intolerant people use 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 people simply prefer the fuller taste of raw milk (some of our customers even have a preference to the morning or evening milk). Some people's doctors have suggested a raw diet and some people simply prefer to eat more natural foods and milk from cows without supplemental hormones.


Is Jersey milk different than other milk?

Jersey cows are the most popular "family cow" for 2 reasons. First, they are the smallest of the milk cows (about 900 pounds) and secondly they have the highest butterfat content of any milk. Only the Guernsey comes in at a close second. The black and white Holstein you are probably familiar with (used by commercial milk producers) can produce twice the daily milk supply but has about half the butterfat of Jersey milk. Jersey's also have milk that is the most yellow in color due to the high content of very yellow butterfat. (you'll notice the butter from Jersey cream is very yellow).

Jersey milk also contains about 25% more protein than milk from a Holstein. Even "skimmed" Jersey milk tastes richer than whole milk from a Holstein due to the protein content.

Why doesn't everyone have a backyard cow?
If you ever spent 5 minutes around a dairy cow, you may wonder the same thing. A dairy cow is the kindest, sweetest, gentlest
animal on the planet. They want nothing more than to love and be loved. They are very smart, know their name, know which pocket you hide the treats in, know how to get their brush down off the shelf and bring it to you (or at least try), and know which songs they prefer during milk time (if you ever sing the "wrong" song, you get a tail in the face!). They'll lay their big old head in your lap and drool when you find just that right "itchy" spot on their cheek to scratch.

That's the good part. The other reality is that a milk cow is a lot of work. They have to be milked twice a day, 365 days a year. Always. No exceptions for holidays, illness, family business, blackouts, blizzards, thunderstorms, frigid cold. It's a big committment to have a milk cow. Not only do you have to milk them, you have to feed and clean up after them. They eat a lot. About a bale or more of hay every day. They drink about 20 gallons of water a day, and they produce a tremendous amount of "organic fertilizer" every day. (FYI: That "organic fertilizer" is available to anyone, any day, for no cost - just bring your truck and your pitch fork and some boots)

But for your efforts, you not only get that special cow love, you also get all the milk, cream, butter, cheese, sour cream, buttermilk, cream cheese, ice cream, cottage cheese, etc. that your family can consume. Once you have a milk cow, it's hard to imagine life without one.


Dixie (1997 - 2014), the Grand Dame who started it all.
Rest in Peace.

What Makes Free-Range Chicken Eggs Different?

If you've never eaten a free-range chicken egg, you are in for a treat! The entire consistancy is different and the yolk is much darker in color. I'm told that the color has to do with them foraging for insects and "what nots" and I'm sure that plays a factor as the egg yolks are brighter orange in the summer than in the winter.

We currently have a flock of 60 laying hens. Most of them are Rhode Island Reds with a few Red Stars.

What is 'raw" honey and how do we buy it?

Our honey is "raw and unfiltered" - what that means is that we take it from the hive, pour it through a fine wire mesh (to remove debris) and straight into the container. This gives you pure dark honey, full of the natural, local pollen. We can ship bears anywhere in the US.

There is no such thing as "organic honey" - because no one can really say for sure where the bees gathered their pollen and nectar. So, honey can be labeled natural or raw but not organic.

Honey is available seasonally on the porch. .

Make Your Own Dairy Products: Working with Raw Milk
is now available
Recipes for Sweet & Cultured Butter, Mozzerella Cheese, Farmers Cheese, Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, Yogurt, Greek Yogurt and MORE!
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