After years of pining for an affordable source of fresh, unpasteurized, raw milk here in Tennessee (where it's sale is illegal!), we have finally had two pieces of good luck come our way. The first is a re-writing of the laws to clearly allow folks to buy "cow shares". And the second is an opportunity to join a newly formed group of fresh-milk-loving families and attach ourselves to an Amish farmer and his Jersey cows. Members of the group take turns driving to the farm each Saturday to pick up milk, cream, eggs, cheese, and pickled goods for the whole group. Today it was my turn to drive again.
I took Mado and her camera along. It was not easy capturing images of the farm without being intrusive. And it wasn't easy capturing any of the beautiful sights as we flew down the road either. But she managed to bring home a few pictures so that we could share some of the happiness we feel at being joined with this family and their farm :)
Looks like Saturday is laundry day! All the beautiful blues and purples make me smile.
Several men were out tending fields...some with teams of 4 or even 6 horses.
The youngest of the 10 children in this family...the little girl has a cord around her waist and her brother is holding the "reins"...it reminded me of a Waldorf kindergarten scene, but in its true, natural setting!
Two of the hardest workers on the farm.
A pair of young Jersey calves. This family moved here this year all the way from Maryland. Without a motorized vehicle. One of their cows calved in a Walmart parking lot on the way...they named the calf "Walmart". (I guess someday in the near future I'll be able to say that I get my raw milk from "Walmart")
We saw many signs letting us know that we were in an Amish community.
And shared the road with this whistling fellow!
Can you see the 2 turkeys flying across the road in front of our van??!! They had a flock of babies with them, too. We took this sighting as a good omen, of course :)
Here is Toucie perched on top of 16 gallons of fresh milk.
I am SO grateful to have access to this wonderful food!
(and to you, Mado, for the pictures that remind me of how lucky we are)