Raw Milk Regulations
Raw milk sales are legal on the farm if the farmer complies with the following conditions:
No advertising the sale of raw milk.
Customers must bring their own individual containers. If the farmer uses his own container to bottle the milk, he is operating a “milk plant” according to the Department of Health Regulations, and the milk must be pasteurized. The farmer can only collect the milk in the customer’s container. The farmer cannot process the milk in any way. Sales of raw cream and raw butter are illegal.
The farmer must produce the milk “in accordance with the Department (of Public Health) rules and regulations. “The Department does not apply these rules and regulations, including the permit requirement, to farmers with just a few cows who sell raw milk only on the farm.
410 ILCS 635/8
Department of Public Health
122 S. Michigan Avenue, 7th and 20th Floors
Chicago, IL 60603
Certified organic dairy, pork and beef farm, where small crossbred dairy herd is 100% grass fed. Raw milk is $6 a gallon. Consumers need to bring own container and first time visitors to farm must call for an appointment.
Whole milk is $4.75/gallon, skim milk is $5.50/gl, and preference milk (pick your milk from a specific cow breed) is $5.50. I am still milking Holstein, Guernsey, and Brown Swiss. By the end of February I will also have Jersey and Ayrshire available. (New customers contact her first, as per Illinois law, bring your own containers).
Grass Fed Guernsey cows, supplemented with a small amount of organic grain and mineral mix at milking time. Herdshare program, please visit our website for more details on our program.