T.S. asks from Urbana, IL on July 13, 2009
What Kind of Cow Milk Do You Feed Your Tots?
Moms, I wonder what kind of cow milk you feed your kids? I heard HOrizon has a bad reputation. So, I switched to Organic Valley. I also find a local milk brand at natural food store, but it's not Organic. so, what do you compare the organic vs. local milk? How about Meijer's organic milk?
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C.D. answers from Chicago on July 14, 2009
I give my son mostly Trader Joe's organic. It's the cheapest I've found, and we both really like the taste of it.
H.Q. answers from Chicago on July 14, 2009
I have Oberweis home delivery. The milk tastes really good and is hormone/antibiotic free! You can also get it at most places that carry milk.
K. answers from Chicago on July 13, 2009
We use the organic whole foods brand, or organic valley if that's not available. OV is a co-op, so is mostly local. Horizon is owned by Dean Foods and while it practices organic agriculture, it does so at the absolute minimum standard. Ie. they follow the letter - but not the spirit - of the standard IMHO.
As for local vs. organic, I would contact the dairy directly and just ask them about their practices. You may be happy with them after you speak with someone ... or you may not.
The cornucopia institute has ratings that you might find helpful:
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E.H. answers from Chicago on July 14, 2009
Fair Oaks Farms is so yummy and if you go to the farm you can learn all about where is comes from. Love it!
L.K. answers from Chicago on July 13, 2009
We buy Oberweis . the kids love it :) It is free of hormones etc. You can get it delivered too. It is fresh and doesn't go bad like some milk form the grocery store.
E.F. answers from Chicago on July 14, 2009
I think I remember reading that Meijer's organic has a bad reputation as well. We use organic valley but I think I would personally be open to a local non organic milk as well.
M.H. answers from Chicago on July 14, 2009
My bigger concern is the Hormones, not it being organic so we started with Oberweiss, then switched to Trader Joes because it was cheaper. Now Dean is Hormone Free and so is Lucerene (the Dominick's brand) so we buy one of those two, usually Lucerene because it goes on sale more.
I.N. answers from Chicago on July 14, 2009
Both the milk at Costco and Deans are hormone free (check out their labels). Both of these options are bit more economical than organic brands.
T.L. answers from Chicago on July 14, 2009
organic valley is a great company. I would stick with organic over local UNLESS you can verify they are not using the hormones and routine antibiotics. If they are pasture raised instead of given non organic food then that should be fine too. Milk that is organic comes from cows that have been fed organic feed and not given routine antibiotics and hormones. I would always stick with organic over non organic, but if money is an issue then that would be the next best thing. The best would be for you to find organic raw milk!
S.C. answers from Chicago on July 14, 2009
I'm wondering what kinds of things you heard about Horizon and other brands?