Hinesburg farm celebrates raw milk

There will be a Raw Milk Celebration with homemade ice cream Thursday, July 17 from 6:30-8:30pm at Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg.
There will be a Raw Milk Celebration with homemade ice cream Thursday, July 17 from 6:30-8:30pm at Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg.

Rural Vermont and Family Cow Farmstand will partner up to host a Raw Milk Ice Cream Social & Open Barn at the farm, located at 2386 Shelburne Falls Road in Hinesburg, on Thursday, July 17 from 6:30-8:30pm. This free, family-friendly event is the first in a series of Rural Vermont events that will celebrate raw milk and a recent change to Vermont law that allows raw milk enthusiasts to pick up their milk at the farmers’ market.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic to the Open Farm, where they will be able to sample raw milk, meet the calves, tour the farm, and enjoy a rich, creamy bowl of homemade, raw milk ice cream. Organizers of the event hinted that local musicians might even make an appearance.

This latest update to the raw milk law allows Tier 2 raw dairy producers to go beyond home delivery and offer delivery to farmers’ markets for customers who have come out to the farm to make their initial purchase.

The change to the law requires anyone who wants to pick up raw milk at the farmers’ market to first visit the farm. For anyone interested in learning more about Family Cow Farmstand delivery options, the Open Farm is a great way to get to know the product and its origins.

Governor Shumlin signed into law this exciting, albeit modest, improvement to Vermont’s raw milk law in late May, and it went into effect on July 1st, 2014. More information about raw milk and the new law can be found at www.ruralvermont.org or by calling (802) 223-7222.