Get Your Goat, and Luscious Raw Milk Cheese – No Kidding!

  

This weekend I attended the new, delightfully grass-roots Denver Urban Homesteading center. I learned about this indoor farmers’ market/urban agricultural center from my dear friend and fellow blogger Rebecca Caro, who met me at the market along with her adorable son Esteban. The three of us had a grand time tasting food samples and chatting with the local vendors, and I absolutely swooned when I tasted the creamy, tangy raw milk chevre cheese from Capra Collina Ranch. 

If you haven’t experienced raw milk cheese, you’re in for a treat. Unprocessed milk products are  readily available in Europe, but here in the U.S. most milk is heat processed or pasteurized to kill bacteria (both the good and bad) and allow for longer transit/storage time. Heat processing reduces some nutrients by up to 50%, while the nutritional benefits of raw milk are many; according to the Raw Milk Association of Colorado, unprocessed milk from animals grazing on pasture contains 2-5 times more Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) which has been shown to improve muscle growth and the immune system while reducing insulin resistance, food allergies and cancer. Raw milk also contains more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. 

Jevon Cronan from Capra Collina Ranch patiently explained that in Colorado, raw milk may now be legally distributed through a share program. Simply put, if I purchased a ‘share’ of a goat I could then be entitled to enjoy some of the goat’s milk — including a bit of the heavenly raw milk chevre. Sign me up! 

Jevon Cronan of Capra Collina Ranch

After filling out a simple form and paying the required fee, I was thrilled to become an Official Shareholder and acquire my own jar of the splendid artisan cheese. Back home, I spread the chevre on whole wheat crackers and marveled again at the complex flavor. Capra Collina’s goats are herded daily on the open range, and according to the owners the flavor of the milk varies from batch to batch depending on the time of year and what the goats have been eating. 

Raw milk chevre from Capra Collina Ranch

If you’re interested in finding a source for raw milk products in your area, A Campaign for Real Milk has an extensive listing by state here. For more information about Capra Collina ranch’s products you can call 303-333-2413 or e-mail proprietor Cynthia Cronan at CynthiaGoat(at)yahoo.com.

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

14 comments to Get Your Goat, and Luscious Raw Milk Cheese – No Kidding!

  • Fantastic blog.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

  • Jim Broyles

    We had fun this Summer at the Limon Farmer’s Market.
    December 18th 2010 Limon is having a Christmas Crafts Show at 941 main. The Farmer’s Market Building.
    10:00am to 04:00 pm . Just for the fun of it.
    Vendors – Crafters – “Goats” Welcome.
    Hey, tell your frineds.
    719-821-4087

  • Jim Broyles

    I drove to Limon yesterday with 75 MPH tail winds. Great Gas Milage. Taking materials for refurbishing to the Market Site.
    The new color for the Farmer’s Market building is ( Marquis Orange Sherwin-Williams 6650) . June 9th 2010 is just around the corner.
    Calls are coming in from Vendors. We will have the application & contract form complete in a couple of weeks. The excitement has just started.
    Jim Broyles
    719-821-4087

  • Lara

    Eliza,
    I’m digging around for a great cheese recipe to feature on my web site for April. It’s almost an impossible task to settle on just one, but let me know if anything jumps out at you: http://www.cheesesociety.org.

    Lara

  • Jim Broyles

    Eliza:
    I was raised on Whole Milk straight from the cow.
    My parents had a small daily, I would get up early and raid the Refridge of the cream that would be on top.

    My mother kept a pan of Oatmeal on the back of the stove over the hot water reserve.
    At school they would give us milk in small green waxed cardboard containers.
    Drinking this would make me sick.
    The milk was produced by the Colorado State Prisons. What I don’t know is how many miles it traveled before we got it.
    Rest assured that I was the topic of a number of “PTA” meetings where the concern was, that I was not getting the Milk I needed.

    It’s funny now, but not funny at the time.
    Eating food that is Organic is important for good health. The less Chemicals in our system, the better our lives.
    We are looking forward to Spring and the next round of great fresh food.
    Have a great week.
    Thanks
    Jim

  • Texmomof5

    Eliza, I received the gift basket today and love it. Thank you so much!

  • Great blog Eliza! Thanks for mentioning the Raw Milk Association of Colorado. I haven’t visited that farmer’s market yet but after your review it’s on my list!

    Forgive the plug, but our website lists legal raw dairies in CO that adhere to safe production standards: http://www.rawmilkcolorado.org – click on “Colorado Raw Dairies” button. If you’re looking for raw milk, start here.

    Here’s to health,
    Blair McMorran
    Executive Director,
    Raw Milk Association of Colorado
    http://www.rawmilkcolorado.org
    info@rawmilkcolorado.org

  • Jim Broyles

    The Folks in Limon are excited about a “Farmer’s Market coming to the High Plains of Colorado.
    The Market has a Target Date  June 9th  2010.
     
     The building will accommodate 30 Vendors very comfortably , leaving ample space for pedestrian
    traffic.
    We have two (2) public restrooms.

    The John Wayne Parking Lot provides an open air exposure to traffic on Main/highway 24.

     E-Avenue leads to City Hall through the Business District.

    The Limon Community Farmer’s Market,941 Main is located in the Middle of the High Plains of Colorado.

     The towns include an area of 65 to 75 Miles, that are cumulative in population.

    Off street parking at the back of the property, including side streets make the location easy to approach.

     We look forward to a great year.

     We promise a large number of Happy People will attend the Farmer’s Market in Limon Colorado.
    Thanks

  • Cooking with Michele

    Cool – didn’t hear about this yet and can’t wait to check it out on Sat!

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