Raw Milk Straight from the Cow

More natural-food devotees are getting their milk directly from the farm. Should you make the switch?

Rachel Watson for TIME

Hawthorne Valley Farm in New York sends milk straight from barn to bottle.

Got milk? No? No biggie--just zip to your local supermarket and pick up a carton. Got raw milk? Now that's trickier. Carol Peterson, an IT manager at Xerox, drives almost two hours each month to her favorite farm in upstate New York for her unpasteurized supply. Susan Mueller, a mother of two in Ithaca, N.Y., bought shares in a dairy farm so she could pick up her raw milk and yogurt at a drop-off point closer to home. And they consider themselves lucky. In Manhattan some raw-milk drinkers hire a mule to bring the white stuff to an agreed-upon location in...

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