Raw Milk Drinkers are Everywhere (Here’s the Proof)

by Sarah Conferences & Events, Healthy LivingComments: 36

I’ve been at the Wise Traditions 2012 Conference in Santa Clara, California for the past 4 days and have one day to go before I fly home to sunny and hopefully much warmer Florida.

While here, I’ve listened to many life changing presentations from a variety of experts many of which I will be blogging about in the coming weeks.

Possibly the very best part about a conference like this, however, is the one on one conversations you have with like minded people from all over the world that just bowl you over.

Here’s the conversation that takes the cake for me at this year’s Wise Traditions:

Yesterday, as I was walking by the room where the Children’s Program takes place, a man holding his young son called out to me.

I turned around and walked over and he introduced himself as Howard.  Howard said that he really enjoyed the YouTube videos posted on my blog and thanked me for taking the time to film them for the benefit of others just learning the Traditional Diet “ropes” so to speak.

I told Howard that I appreciated his kind words and asked where he was from.

Howard said that he was from Juneau, Alaska and worked in the tourism industry.  I said, “Wow, isn’t that a coincidence”- my family was just in Juneau this past summer on holiday.

I then told Howard how beautiful Juneau was and how much we enjoyed our time there – hiking to the Mendenhall Glacier and having a snowball fight at the top of Mount Juneau.

Howard then told me that he actually works at the top of Mount Juneau where the tram stops for those who ride it to the peak to enjoy the view.

Dumbfounded, I told Howard that is exactly where my family went – we took the tram up to the tourist center and hiked along the Mount Juneau trails until we came to a huge snow field where we could have our do or die family snowball fight.

Howard told me that we probably walked right past him as he works in the tourism center taking photographs.

A little later that day, I suddenly remembered that one of my children had actually been photographed by a man at the tram tourism center.  Talking to my middle son on the phone a few hours later, he reminded me that yes indeed, his photo was taken by a man and his image projected onto a computer screen so his picture looked like it had been taken with a polar bear!

Later that day, I ran into Howard again and confirmed that yes, he was in fact the photographer taking those fun pictures of the children as they walked through the tourism center.

So, here I was at the Wise Traditions Conference in California, running into a raw milk drinker from Juneau, Alaska that I had already actually met and spoken to just a few months before!

How weird is that?

Raw milk drinkers are everywhere my friends, even at the top of a mountain in a sparsely populated state where raw milk is probably more expensive and tougher to obtain than almost anywhere else in North America!

Earth to USDA and FDA:  Might as well deal with reality.  Raw milk drinkers have reached critical mass. Continuing to try and snuff out raw milk with your fascist tactics is futile.  Use your ever dwindling resources on the real criminals, not our farmers and consumers simply choosing to consume what is arguably the very first nutrient dense food to be consumed by civilized humans preceding even agriculture!

 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (36)

  • Sheri

    I live in the Ozark region in Missouri and I drink raw cow’s milk!!! I make my own butter, cheese and the FDA can kiss my raw arse!!!

    February 21st, 2013 11:48 am Reply
  • Faith S

    We drink raw milk and 3 of us that were allergic to milk can drink all we want. My daughter who in spite of eating almost no sugar and brushing 3 times a day could not get her cavities under control – has NOT had ONE new cavity in 8 YEARS of drinking raw milk. We were so inspired that we now raise Once a Day Small Family sized milk cows with grazing genetics. We also have a lot of educational info on our site and FB page. Thanks Sarah for all your inspiration!

    December 17th, 2012 8:31 pm Reply
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  • marybeth

    Enjoying our own raw goats milk from Leavonworth Washington!
    Thanks to the life changing cook book Nourishing Traditions that my parents pertchesed 10 years ago when I was a teen and now as each of the 5 members of our family get merried or move away my perents make sure that we each have our own copy of the book.

    November 14th, 2012 11:22 am Reply
  • aed939

    What about reindeer milk? See:

    http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/reindeer-milk-next-tourism-industry-arctic

    November 13th, 2012 3:58 pm Reply
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  • Diana

    I was just pondering the raw milk situation as people think I’m weird that I drink it. They always seem to warn against hygiene and disease. A couple days ago my response was, “I trust the farmer and so many people are drinking raw milk from following the Weston Price Foundation so I feel comfortable doing so. It’s grass-fed & organic too.” I feel I can come up with something better though. How do you respond to people like that? I would appreciate any thoughts :)

    November 12th, 2012 11:25 pm Reply
  • Melissa Henig

    Hi,
    I was there! Great story and great to meet you!
    I’m writing the book “Butter Me Up”
    I’m wondering is this a WordPress blog? Thanks :)

    November 12th, 2012 2:40 pm Reply
  • Mandy Farmer via Facebook

    I grew up on a dairy farm; but now do not have access to raw milk. :( Sure miss that delicious raw milk. Looking back, I can now see that I started having health issues not long after I left for college. Oh for a glass of raw milk,

    November 12th, 2012 1:49 pm Reply
  • Pedro

    Hello here from Portugal, upon recently reading the Weston A. Price research I fell into a depression due to my face being too narrow. (I asked my mother and she told me I wasn’t breastfed, instead was given formula…) I’m 18. I sent a letter telling about it to the WAPF but unfortunately I got no reply. I’ve been pretty low carb and no sugar, although still eat processed foods like pasteurized cheese and butter because that’s what my parents buy… I eat a lot fish though. I recently got a palate expander in order to wide my palate and hopefully my face too. Unfortunately I’m 18 already and I guess my face stopped growing, is there anything I can do to improve it?

    November 12th, 2012 12:47 pm Reply
  • Megan

    I read your post as I sit hear drinking my raw milk in Jackson, WI. As I’m sure you know, WI is a tough state within which to obtain raw milk. In order to obtain it here, I had to become an employee of a the farm that provides it. I have to work 1 hour a month during the growing season working in the their vegetable fields. I don’t need the work, but I do need the raw milk for me and family!

    November 11th, 2012 11:48 pm Reply
  • Carmen

    great article – love the last paragraph. Gonna quote you soon on FB
    😉

    thank you

    November 11th, 2012 8:13 pm Reply
  • Rhiannon

    Such a nice story Sarah! And I must say that through my job, I hear of raw milk drinkers at least once a week – in Australia :) Keeps my morales up for the industry

    November 11th, 2012 5:57 pm Reply
  • Rhiannon

    Such a nice story Sarah! And I must say that through my job, I hear of raw milk drinkers at least once a week – in Australia :) Keeps my morales up for the industry I must say

    November 11th, 2012 5:56 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    Enjoying raw goat’s milk in PA!

    November 11th, 2012 5:51 pm Reply
  • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    Oops I thought it was the Roberts tramway and Mt. Juneau. That’s what being a tourist is all about I guess. I guess I heard that wrong from the lady who was giving us the history of it on the way up the mountain.

    November 11th, 2012 5:38 pm Reply
  • Jolly Rodger

    Weird, I came to your site for the first time today… and I live in Juneau. It’s actually Mount Roberts, not Mount Juneau.

    I’m not sure where he’s getting raw milk from probably not locally… nothing but the highest level of Ultra Pasteurized at the stores here.

    November 11th, 2012 5:29 pm Reply
    • Kristen

      I read this and I too wondered why this guy gets his raw milk from. As far as I know, we don’t have any cows here in Juneau anymore, do we? :)

      November 12th, 2012 2:52 am Reply
      • Jolly Rodger

        I don’t think so, unless Swampy Acres has any. I think the state law requires buying animal shares if you want raw milk as well, they can’t just sell directly to people/stores. There’s a book on the history of the dairy industry in Juneau out there, I’ve thought of picking up a copy sometime. Could be an interesting read…

        I wish someone would bring back something like that here. I know there was talk of miniature cows once that I saw in the Juneau Empire. Would be neat to pick up some fresh beef or raw milk… and maybe someone would start making fresh artisanal cheeses.

        November 12th, 2012 4:17 am Reply
      • Corie

        I live in Alaska, also. I am not going to say which town, in order to protect my farmer, but my farmer actually flies milk from his farm to Juneau…to people who own cow and/or goat shares from his farm. He told me that you cannot even own livestock of any kind in Juneau. Not sure whether this is just within city limits or includes the surrounding area. I would think just within city limits….

        November 13th, 2012 12:17 pm Reply
  • Teresa

    Secret hand shake from North Carolina where raw milk is illegal to sell! :)

    November 11th, 2012 5:22 pm Reply
    • Melissa

      Teresa, where/HOW do you get your raw milk? I live in Wilmington…up to this point I figured my best bet was to cross the SC border!

      November 15th, 2012 7:36 pm Reply
  • Sarah Beth

    I always wonder who caters your conventions. With every convention I’ve attended the food has been good but def not a traditional diet fare! Processed, pasteurized, and factory farm fare everywhere one looks.

    Loving your blog as always…….

    November 11th, 2012 3:14 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      You’re kidding right? Everything is local, small farm, artisanal fare at the WAPF Conferences. Must have been another conference you went to!

      November 11th, 2012 5:34 pm Reply
  • Katie Grace Lange via Facebook

    so thankful for the farm in Canterbury, CT where I get my raw milk and yogurt!!

    November 11th, 2012 2:33 pm Reply
  • Sondra Henriksen via Facebook

    I drink raw milk. I live in Washington.

    November 11th, 2012 12:37 pm Reply
  • Sondra Henriksen via Facebook

    I drink raw milk. I live in Washington.

    November 11th, 2012 12:37 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Cirincione via Facebook

    Love this story, made my day!!

    November 11th, 2012 12:12 pm Reply
  • Linda

    That really is amazing and so great ! Wish I could get my raw milk back….:(

    November 11th, 2012 12:04 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    You are awesome! I love your bold pronouncement to USDA and FDA. How I wish that we could all yell it at them at the same time in a way that they would shudder from the sound and our resolve. Thank you for your web site and all you do for us newbies to Traditional Foods.

    November 11th, 2012 12:03 pm Reply
  • Dmitri Ivanov

    Thank you for your informative articles! It’s a pleasure to read what you write *even* if it is kind of off-topic! =) But seriously thanks for the sober info source, it is appreciated more than I can say.

    November 11th, 2012 11:57 am Reply
  • Stephanie

    WOW! Amazing story! I love it!

    November 11th, 2012 11:57 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I think we raw milk drinkers need a secret handshake or something … if I’d known Howard was a raw milk drinker when we first met at the top of Mt. Juneau, I would have asked him to get me some as were dying for raw milk and had been without it for about a week by that time!!

      November 11th, 2012 12:39 pm Reply
      • Deborah

        A secret handshake . . . love it!!!

        November 11th, 2012 4:10 pm Reply
      • Sarah @ Renaissance Mama

        LOL! Or a sign we draw in the dirt, like the early Christians did!

        January 18th, 2013 5:59 pm Reply
  • Olivia

    LEGALIZE IT! :)

    November 11th, 2012 11:56 am Reply

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