"Within a couple weeks, I realized I had to buy another cow, then two, and we'll be milking 12 by the end of the summer," said Matt Volz, Greyrock Farm's general manager.
Today, raw milk demand is one of the farm's most difficult to meet.
"Demand will grow, and we won't be able to meet it with our supply. So we buy more cows," said Gillian Goldberg, Greyrock's vegetable manager. "Then, demand will grow to meet it again."
"A Campaign for Real Milk" estimates 10 million people nationwide drink raw milk today -- up from a few hundred-thousand in 1999. The group promotes the nutritional value of raw milk, which is something CNY consumers also seem to like.
"A lot of our customers really believe that milk unpasteurized, unhomogenized is healthiest, especially when these cows are fed grass and not pumped on grain," said Volz.
But the FDA, CDC, USDA, and New York State Department of Health warn against consuming raw dairy products. While advocates say pasteurization takes away some health benefits, these groups say it kills harmful bacteria, like salmonella and E. coli.
Farmers at Greyrock say the best bet for people interested in trying raw milk is taking an extra step that many already have: continue reading