Our creamy milk tastes great and is not pasteurized. Fresh raw milk provides vitamins and good bacteria which are typically destroyed during the pasteurization process. We offer raw goat milk shares & raw cheese shares on a monthly basis. Chevre cheese is a soft, spreadable cheese — great for crackers or chips.
To sign up, please request a contract: Annie at 303-646-2895 or Annie@BlueBarnProducts.com
Q. Why do I have to purchase a share to get raw milk?
A. It is illegal to sell raw milk in Colorado, however, receiving raw milk through a share program as outlined in Senate Bill 05-055 is legal. By purchasing a share of our herd you are entitled to receive milk each week since you “own” part of the herd.
Q. How much milk or cheese do I receive?
A. One milk share is equal to about 1/2 gallon of milk per week during the lactation cycle (about 10 months per year). Milk may be limited or unavailable for about 2 months in the winter/early spring during the “dry” season when the goats are preparing to have kids or are feeding their newborn kids. One cheese share is equal to about 8 oz. per week. Ask about which flavors are available. Cheese can be frozen up to 6 months.
Q. How do I get started?
A. To purchase a milk or cheese share, there’s a $25 one-time refundable deposit. Each month (once you start receiving milk or cheese) there is a $25 boarding fee which allows you to receive your milk or cheese.
A signed contract and the refundable deposit ($25) is required to be on the waiting list.
Q. Why is it important to store milk in glass?
A. Plastic jugs or pitchers are not suitable for raw milk storage as they pick-up off flavors which can be transferred to the milk. Glass is also easier to sanitize than plastic. We sell 1/2 gallon canning jars for $4 each. You will need 2 jars per share, but you are welcome to buy an extra jar if needed.
Q. What are your goats fed?
A. Our goats are given high quality alfalfa (and pasture during the summer), mineral supplements, baking soda and fresh water on a free choice basis. Molasses coated grain & black oil sunflower seeds are given to lactating goats at milking time.
Q. How many kids will a doe usually have?
A. Normally a doe will have twins, but singles & triplets are also common. Quads and larger groups are possible, but less common.
Q. How much milk will one goat produce?
A. Good question! You can expect to get around 1 gallon of milk per day from a goat that is milked twice a day and is in good health. But, there are many other factors which may influence milk production including breed, age, number of kids she raised that year, weather/temperature, genetics, milking frequency, and feeding habits. Besides all of those factors, goats naturally produce more milk the first 2-3 months after freshening (having kids) and then gradually taper off until they are bred the next season. We have Nubians which typically give a little less than a gallon of milk, but have a higher butterfat content than other breeds.
We maintain proper milk handling procedures to ensure healthy, good-tasting milk. If you want to try a sample of goat milk or cheese, please call or e-mail! To purchase a share, please request a contract.