Mar 17 2008

Where to find raw milk in Orange County

2 weeks ago I first heard about a book called Cure Tooth Decay. Since I had problems with cavities since I have been a teenager and always searched for ways to stop the decay and the drilling on my teeth I was excited to read this book. I will post a extensive review about the book in a later post. For now I can say I really like the book and the information makes sense to me. One point in the book is to drink raw milk instead of pasteurized milk for optimal health. I remember drinking raw milk when I was younger while hiking with my parents in the Alps of Bavaria and I really liked it. I was ready to try some raw milk and began my quest to the local health food stores and on the internet.

Online the only source for raw milk seemed to be Organic Pastures a farm in Northern California. On their website they state that their products are available in local health food stores in Orange County and Los Angeles. So last week I went to 2 different food markets I usually shop at. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. I found out that Trader Joe’s doesn’t have any raw milk while Whole Foods has raw milk but it is 10 Dollars for half a gallon. My next stop was Henry’s in Fullerton. This store also had the milk I was looking for and it was a little cheaper around 8 bucks. I bought some milk just to see if I like it and I have to admit I was very positive surprised. Raw milk tastes great and fresh and doesn’t have any strong flavor.

Since I still didn’t like the pricing very much I decided to write Organic Pastures to join a local Co-Op. I received a response after a couple of days that they would contact the Co-Op for me. A week later I received another email that they left a message for the Co-Op and are waiting for an answer. So far it has been 2 weeks but I still have hope to soon be able to by my milk locally and hopefully for a better price.

Since I had some time on the weekend I decided to check out Mother’s Market which is another health food store in Huntington Beach. It was close to the German Market where I buy my weakly rye bread, so I decided to give it a try. I found out that it was well worth the effort. 6.99 for half a gallon. The best price so far. I guess from now on I will get my milk here until I hear back from the Co-Op.

To find raw milk here in Southern California is definitely not easy, but it’s well worth it. I am excited to have found some places where I can buy raw milk since it is one very important part of my path to optimize my health. I wish my neighborhood stores Ralphs and Vons would carry it, but I for now it doesn’t look like that ill happen anytime soon.

More about the health benefits of raw milk can be found at www.westonaprice.org and www.realmilk.com.

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  1. » » Health Food Store Review: Sprouts | Optimize Your Life wrote:

    [...] On Friday was the grand opening of Sprouts, a new health food store, here in Seal Beach. Of course I had to check it out, to see what they would offer and if it would be comparable to other stores. I was especially hoping that they would carry raw milk, which is hard to find here in Orange County. [...]

    September 8th, 2008 at 2:49 am
  1. Ben Anderson said:

    Hey Ingo,
    Great post. I love seeing stuff like this, it’s practical and helpful. I think that most people are unaware of true problems of pasteurized milk.

    Thanks for doing the footwork for tracking these resources down! This is certainly helpful for those in Orange County, and can also serve as an example to those elsewhere of how one can go about tracking this stuff down.

    May 13th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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