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MOOMilk: Maine's Own Organic Milk Company

By Heather Kennedy, December 23, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Heather Kennedy

Working on the Local Producer Loan Program gives me tons of opportunities to hear about local food systems across the country. Last month, I had the privilege of working with MOOMilk, an Augusta, Maine vendor that supplies organic milk to our stores in Maine.  MOOMilk is made up of 10 organic dairy farms along with the Maine Farm Bureau and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. These groups joined together because they are passionate, not just about producing quality organic milk, but also about supporting local family-run farms and maintaining the culture of the dairy industry in Central Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In their business model, the farms that make up MOOMilk are part owners of the company and 90% of the profits are returned directly to the dairies. Recently, several of the dairies were in need of more cows so they could increase their production, and that’s where the Local Producer Loan Program stepped in! We loaned MOOMilk enough money to procure 20-24 dairy cows, which allows them to expand their business and make more product. That, in turn, provides Whole Foods Market® customers with more delicious organic milk. It truly is a winning situation for everyone involved, especially all you organic milk lovers in Maine and New England! Visit their website to learn more about MOOMilk’s unique business model, as well as find out more about a few of the dairies that make up MOOMilk, including Tide Mill Organic Farm that’s been in the same family for eight generations! Is there a local food system that supports farmers in your area? We’d love to hear about it.

Category: Local




Laura says ...
Thank you, Whole Foods, for supporting local family farms. I like to know where my food comes from, and make a point to shop at stores that include food from local farms. Go, MOOMilk!
12/26/2011 5:52:02 PM CST
Natalie says ...
MOOMilk is the most delicious milk we have ever tasted. Thank you for supporting local organic farming and providing your customers with highest-quality sustainable products.
01/04/2012 9:57:02 PM CST
Barbara Brockunier says ...
So glad to have discovered your milk, Chase's Organic Farm Milk, at the local Whole Foods Market in Cambridge. Tastes very good and will certainly choose this as my favorite brand of milk from now on! Thank you!
03/12/2012 7:49:55 AM CDT
Safe Food Scientific says ...
This is why I and our company supports Whole Foods. Not only are they dedicated to providing us with high quality foods but also strive to providing us with foods from our local farmers. And if that isn't enough, I've just learned that Whole Foods also provides loans to these local farmers. Keep up the great work Whole Foods, in both your products and in supporting our local, family-owned farms. - Safe Food Scientific team
03/12/2012 6:47:32 PM CDT
Kelly LaCasse says ...
I run a locally sourced food and nutrition program for Good Will-Hinckley School, home of the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences and the Glenn Stratton Learning Center. We are interested in learning more about Moo Milk options for our school!
10/11/2012 12:41:28 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@KELLY - Thanks for your question. I would suggest reaching out to the vendor directly and you can find their contact info at http://www.chasesorganicdairy.com/.
10/11/2012 1:57:05 PM CDT
bay says ...
Are these cows are grass fed?
09/09/2013 11:24:22 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BAY - I did not find any information on their website about being grass-fed (http://www.moomilkco.com/index.php/our-cows). I would reach out to the Moo Milk company directly for any additional questions.
09/09/2013 3:32:02 PM CDT
Marie says ...
I rented an amazon video , Betting the farm, which told the story of Moo milk. I want to thank Whole Foods for carrying this product, I tried it,love it, and will buy this brand from now on.
04/29/2014 10:43:41 AM CDT
alain says ...
milk is slow pasteurized . can you please explain this concept? do you kill the good bacteria with this process?
05/16/2014 2:00:47 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ALAIN - I found a little info on the MooMilk website if your question was geared for them: http://www.moomilk.com/faq/2-milk-faqs/30-is-unpasteurized-milk-more-nutritious-than-pasteurized-milk.
05/20/2014 12:18:30 PM CDT
Lisa Sandberg says ...
How much space do the cows have to move around on a daily basis? How and at what age are the calves separated from their mothers? What machinery is used to milk the cows? Honestly it is far more important to me to find the most humanely treated dairy as opposed to organic. I care about the cow's treatment. I am looking for milk that I don't have to feel bad about.
07/31/2016 3:17:44 PM CDT