You want wholesome delicious raw milk - and we make it easy to do that!
In Virginia, raw milk can only be sourced from your own cow. Herd shares make that possible!
You get milk every week, delivered to a pick up site near you - like a milk subscription from your very own cow!
(But you don't have to wake up at 5:00 AM to milk the cows. Win-win).
Members pay a one-time fee to own the share and a weekly amount per share for us to care for your cows and deliver milk to you!
See below for the one-time cost and weekly share cost.
The ownership fee is refundable if you end the membership.
See herd share weekly cost below:
This is the price for one (1) week of herd share boarding of the cows and delivery service.
For all delivery locations:
$11.99 per gallon share per week
$6.49 per half gallon share per week
For herd shares picked up on the farm in Middlebrook:
$10.50 per gallon share per week
$5.75 per half gallon share per week
Shenandoah Valley: Staunton, Harrisonburg, Mt. Sidney, Stuarts Draft, Waynesboro, Raphine, & Lexington
Central Virginia: Charlottesville, Crozet, Palmyra, Kents Store, Madison, Ruckersville, Culpeper, Remington, Fredericksburg
Richmond Metro: Glen Allen, Tuckahoe, Bon Air, Northside, The Fan, Forest Hill, Gaskins, Mechanicsville, New Kent/Bottoms Bridge, & Providence Forge
Eastern Virginia: Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk
Northern Virginia: McLean, Alexandria, & Goldvein
On the Farm in Middlebrook
Creambrook raw milk is sweet and fresh at least 7 - 10 days and usually 14 days. Unlike its pasteurized counterpart, milk that is raw doesn't "go bad" or rancid. It ages and sours! It's wonderful in baking and in place of buttermilk when it starts to sour.
Herd shares are like a weekly subscription. Milk is delivered each week and you don't need to do anything except enjoy it.
You can ask a friend to pick it up and enjoy it, or you may send us an email at least 4 days before the scheduled delivery. We’ll skip your delivery and you can double up your milk shares at a later delivery (hello, homemade ice cream!). You won't want to miss out on any of the delicious milk in your share!
The Jersey cows at Creambrook Farm live outdoors on pasture 365 days a year, enjoying a daily fresh serving of grass during the growing season and stored grass during the winter. All of our feed is 100% non-GMO. Grass is at the center of everything we do, giving our milk its unique flavor and excellent nutrition.
A lot of people think of milk to lighten their coffee or wet their cereal, but raw milk is a superfood of nutrition! It's full of vitamins such as A and D, minerals, proteins, enzymes, and good, delicious butterfat. A cup of raw milk in your day would use up a half gallon each week and you can easily enjoy all the benefits.
Here are some helpful resources about raw milk benefits and safety:
The Health Benefits and Low Food Safety Risk of Raw Milk - The Raw Milk Institute
5 Ways that Drinking Raw Milk Can Improve Your Health - Raw Farm by Organic Pastures
Securing fresh food from fertile soil, challenges to the organic and raw milk movements - Cambridge.org
Our on-farm lab has two separate tests: one test is the coliform count, which shows the number of coliform colonies that are in 1 ml of milk, if any, and the other is APC (aerobic plate count) which indicates the cleanliness of our milking equipment, essentially showing the shelf life of the milk.
The lab can't show us if there are specific strains of coliform, like e. coli or listeria, but if the coliform count is above standard, that could indicate an issue that needs to be addressed.
If the APC count is high it means that the milk has the capacity to grow bacteria whether good or bad and it would sour more quickly.
We have voluntarily chosen to follow the same standards as licensed Pennsylvania raw milk dairies, so that is why we chose these lab tests. The milk has to test as clean as pasteurized milk. For well over three years we have had incredibly clean lab tests that are well below the standard limit.
To take it a step further, we are members of RAWMI, the Raw Milk Institute, the global leader in raw milk production, education, and safety. Because we are a RAWMI listed farm, we have accountability with their leadership, submit regular lab results, have access to more raw milk education, and keep up to date on raw milk safety and handling.
We have a wonderful veterinarian who helps us to figure out the best natural remedy if a cow becomes ill. Antibiotics have very rare use on our farm, and are only used to save an animal if other natural treatments haven’t worked. If a milk cow is treated with antibiotics, her milk is kept separate from the herd share milk and discarded for the appropriate amount of time.
If you're interested in joining the herd share, we would love to give you a sample of our milk.