Milk is milk to me. If I’m passing a pharmacy I won’t think twice about popping in for a gallon rather than driving elsewhere for the organic stuff (foodies please don’t balk!). Sure I think that organic milk tastes better than conventional but it’s not enough for me to go the extra mile – literally. That is until last weekend when fate gave me a chance encounter with Texas Daily Harvest Milk at Urban Acres in Oak Cliff.
We had just missed Pikelet’s class after yet another excrutiatingly long wait at Oddfellows in the Bishop Arts District so we took the opportunity to visit the organic grocer store, Urban Acres on Davis. It’s a small store but has enough variety of produce, dairy, meat and dry goods to stock most households. All the produce is organic and Urban Acres sources locally where possible.
Steven Bailey, owner of Urban Acres says at times there can be as as much as 85% local. “It all depends on the time of year and weather. The only thing we source outside of the US is tropical fruits and we make sure its certified organic. Its important to know that Urban Acres is not a pure co-op. Or a pure CSA. Or a pure grocery store. We took the best of all those worlds and crammed it all together to get what we have now”.
The Texas Daily Harvest Milk they stock is made by pure happy jerseys who are pasture raised on grass out in Yantis, Tx. The big difference Bailey says of the milk is that “it is low temperature pasteurized which means they don’t kill off all the good stuff like regular organic milk which is ultra pasteurized. It’s old fashion cream on top. Or non homogenized.”
So here’s a picture of two glasses of milk side by side. Both are organic but the one that has the rich creamy yellow color is from Texas Daily Harvest. And the taste? Incomparable – Texas Daily Harvest Milk goes down like cold liquid ice cream. Do a taste test yourself. It’s just milk right?
Till our next happy meal.