Standards: About Our Cow's Milk

Natural By Natural and Hudson Valley Fresh cow's milk in our cooler


High Falls Food Co-op takes special care when choosing the dairy products we offer our members and shoppers. We strive to provide the best milk available, made by the healthiest, happiest cows. We also want you to be informed when selecting the milk you purchase for your family.

Hudson Valley Fresh Milk

Hudson Valley Fresh believes that a varied diet makes for happier cows and better tasting milk. HVF cows are fed a combination of alfalfa, oats, barley, soybeans, corn silage and lots and lots of hay on their 10 family owned dairy farms. HVF is proud to have never used artificial hormones, and vows that they never will. Hudson Valley Fresh processes all of their milk at Boice Dairy in Kingston, NY. Their milk is the only milk processed there, so they ensure that it does not co-mingle with milk from other farms. HVF milk is pasteurized for only 20 seconds at 166 degrees. HVF milk is certified Kosher. It typically arrives on store shelves within 36 hours after leaving the farm.

Maple Hill Creamery

Maple Hill Creamery Milk is 100% grass fed and organic. With over 100 family owned farms in New York State, MHC is now one of the fastest-growing dairy brands in the natural channel. Their cows spend most of their time outside grazing on grass in pastures as weather permits. Farmers store hay (dried grass) for winter feed. Calves are never fed supplemental grain, soy, or corn, but enjoy a diet of mother’s milk (direct from their mother or from the milktank, depending on the farm) until they start to graze for themselves.

Natural By Nature

Natural By Nature milk is organic; cows are grass fed and pastured as weather permits. Their diet also includes some grain and hay, especially during the winter time. NBN milk comes is both glass and paper containers. NBN milk in glass is not homogenized, products in paper are homogenized. NBN milk is pasteurized using the High Temperature Short Time (HTST) process where milk is heated to 165 degrees for about 20 seconds. NBN’s farmers do not use pesticides or herbicides on their farms. Cows are not given antibiotics or synthetic hormones. NBN family owned arms are located in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Organic Valley

A co-operative of family farmers since 1988, Organic Valley sets a high standard for their farming practices— standards that served as the framework for the USDA’s organic rules. OV animals live in clean, comfortable, low-stress housing. They also spend plenty of time outdoors grazing in pastures. Organic Valley never uses antibiotics, instead opting for holistic organic remedies. OV offsets the electricity they consume through renewable energy production. They also use biodiesel made from sunflowers that they grow on their own farms and use in their trucks and tractors.

Ronnybrook Farm Dairy

Ronnybrook Farm milk of Ancramdale, NY is pasteurized but not homogenized, so the cream floats to the top. Ronnybrook avoids the use of antibiotics as well as the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Cows have daily access to pasture and outdoor exercise. When housed, cows stay in comfort stalls with individual mattresses. Ronnybrook milk is tested by state certified and licensed staff for antibiotics and other impurities to insure that all products and as wholesome and healthy as possible. Ronnybrook milk comes in glass jars which can be returned to the co-op for a bottle deposit refund.