Finding a source of raw dairy products is akin to looking for ‘moonshine’ during prohibition. It’s the ‘speakeasy’ in the city or the ‘still’ in the country.
Whole Life Buying Club, Louisville, KY has established the first legal speakeasy in the country. They have solved the Buyer’s Dilemma driving out to the farm for a gallon of raw milk. WLBC returns 80% of sales to the farmer solving the Farmer’s Dilemma, making an urban income from a rural lifestyle.
Anala Goat Company got our license in March 2003, We happily paid Ken 25% commission and danced around the Houston Farmers’ Market parking waving $986 in cash to celebrate free and not quite legal enterprise. The ‘not quite’ part, our grade ‘A’ raw dairy license permitted the sale of raw milk only on the farm, 50 miles out of town.
Kentucky on the south side of the Mason-Dixon line has always resisted all the Yankee laws they didn’t like and Prohibition of Mother Nature’s most important product is second only to Bourbon on the list of unforgivables.
Whole Life Buying Club occupies a storefront in Louisville and like a country club is for members only. The farmers can bring the non GMO, certified organic produce, licensed grade ‘A’ raw dairy, to their store, where the members can pick and choose what they want. No more CSA good, bad and ugly bags of vegies.
As a native Cincinnatian my dairy hero was Carl Lindner, who dropped out of high school to run his father’s United Dairy Farmers store in Norwood all the way to #167 on Forbes billionaire list. Teddy Roosevelt outlawed raw dairy in 1912 with the creation of the Food & Drug Administration. Prohibition lasted from 1920 to 1933 real food prohibition has gone on for over a hundred years, impoverishing farmers and leaving the US the most malnourished industrialized nation on earth.
The Stryk Jersey Farm 629 Krenek Stryk Rd Schulenburg, TX 78956 is a 100 miles west of Houston. Houston could start a WLBC style buying club inside Loop 610, allowing Bob Stryk to deliver real cream, butter, cottage cheese, aged cheese and of course raw milk. Houston is the highest per capita eating out city in the world, trendy cuisine and restaurants are their thing. Whole Foods was invented by two wahoos from Houston who had to move to Austin for political correctness.
Whole Foods invited us to set up shop out front of their store, until they discovered we couldn’t sell raw dairy products inside, alongside or outside. Now, that Bezos owns Whole Foods, soon organic vegies will be delivered by drone but not raw milk. It’s Karmic payback for Teddy Roosevelt and the FDA. Why? It’s Prohibited!
It’s Catch 22 writ large, Louisville’s WLBC ‘members only’ concept works because it’s the only way to buy raw milk, if they were selling arugula, no big deal. You can buy organic produce at Wal-Mart, cheap.
This is such a fantastic idea, why didn’t I think of it – because I was born and raised on the Yankee side of the Ohio River. As we say in goat speak: Louisville’s WLBC is a real food Bellwether – the leading sheep of a flock, with a bell on its neck.
Well, the government and Big Ag for starters. Joel Salatin, refers to himself as a ‘lunatic farmer’ because so many of the changes he thinks our food system needs are either illegal under the current law or mightily resisted by the deep-pocketed corporations controlling production and distribution.