Franklin's own dairy farm
About the Farm:
- Nick Hoffmann began farming (dairy, goats, and vegetables) in New Braintree, MA
- In 2012, Nick and his wife, Jeannine, began farming in Franklin on her family's land
- The farm currently includes over 100 acres of land (in Franklin and Norfolk), most of which is used for hay
- Farm started as a vegetable farm, but has evolved into primarily a dairy farm providing raw milk
- Products are sold daily at the farm stand at the farm
- The Hoffmann's raise ten dairy cows with an emphasis on their care and a high quality grass-fed diet for better quality milk
Licensed by the state and inspected by Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources every 3 weeks
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
Northeast Organic Farming Association
Franklin Agricultural Commission
What is Raw Milk?
- Raw milk is milk that comes straight from a cow and doesn't go through any additional processing or pasteurization.
- Pasteurization is the process of heating and cooling milk to kill potentially harmful bacteria.
- Safe, high-quality milk is the result of healthy animals that are fed high-quality feed and are milked in clean and well-ventilated parlors.
- It is important that milking equipment is cleaned and sanitized and milk is stored at temperatures less than 40°F.
- Small dairy farmers are able to ensure good hygiene and processing practices.
- Raw milk can be purchased locally and goes straight from the cow to the consumer.
For more information about raw and pasteurized milk:
Ways to Use Raw Milk:
- Drink it
- Freeze it
- Use leftover milk mixed with water to water your garden
Make homemade dairy products:
Here is a link with lots of great recipes!
Milk is Naturally Nutrient Dense!
8 Ounce Glass of Milk
Calcium: 300 mg, top source of Calcium in Americans' diets, important for bone health
Niacin: Helps convert food into energy
Phosphorus: Helps Vitamin D and Calcium maintain bone health
Potassium: As much as a small banana, a nutrient often missing in Americans' diets, helps regulate fluid balance and blood pressure
Protein: 8 grams of high quality protein, helps build lean muscle
Riboflavin: Helps convert food into energy
Vitamin A: Helps maintain immune health
Vitamin B12: 20% of your daily recommended amount, helps build red blood cells and maintain the central nervous system
Vitamin C: Trace amounts that don't survive pasteurization, important for immune health
Vitamin D: Helps Calcium maintain strong teeth and bones
Want to Support Raw Milk Farmers?
- There are limited dairy farms in Eastern Massachusetts that provide raw milk (many consumers have to drive far to purchase raw milk)
- Currently raw milk can be sold, but can not be delivered in the state of Massachusetts
- Upcoming Legislation to Support the Distribution of Raw Milk in Massachusetts
House Bill 2938: An Act Promoting Agriculture in the Commonwealth
Senate Bill 442: An Act Promoting Agriculture in the Commonwealth
- Contact your legislators if you want to encourage them to support the raw milk distribution section of the agriculture bill
A Little About Me:
This newsletter is part of my summer practicum project to complete my Master's in Public Health Nutrition from UMass Amherst. I am community member and a volunteer with the Franklin Agricultural Commission. I am passionate about eating fresh and local foods and I am excited to share information about our local farms and Agricultural Commission with you all summer.
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