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It’s official! It is now legal for farmers to deliver raw milk to customers at the farmers’ market!

milk in coolerThis exciting, albeit modest, improvement to Vermont’s raw milk law was signed into law by Governor Shumlin in late May, and went into effect on July 1st, 2014. This change will allow Tier 2 raw dairy producers to expand their customer base by offering delivery to farmers’ markets for customers who have come out to the farm to make their initial purchase. It also enables current raw milk customers to skip the weekly trek to the farm and instead pick up their milk at the farmers’ market.

Raw milk enthusiasts gather ’round the picnic table at Family Cow Farmstand.

This change creates opportunity, access, and convenience! What better reason to celebrate?!
Rural Vermont will be partnering with farmer members to host several Raw Milk Celebrations through the summer and into the fall.

The first “Open Barn” was held at Family Cow Farmstand in Hinesburg on Thursday, July 17th. About 60 folks gathered to celebrate the change in the raw milk law, and enjoy live music by Brit Kusserow, the good company of friends and neighbors, and Kalyn Campbell’s homemade raw milk ice cream!

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Raw milk ice cream – yum!

More raw milk celebrations to be announced soon … Stay tuned and check back often!

[ If you're a farmer with an interest in delivery, or with plans to deliver to your local farmers' market, let us know! Email shelby@ruralvermont.org. ]


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Governor Signs Raw Milk Bill!

It’s official! S.70 was signed into law and will take effect July 1, 2014. This new law, Act 149,  offers modest improvements to the raw milk law, including the option for Tier 2 producers to deliver raw milk to farmers’ markets! In order for farmers to take advantage of this opportunity, they must be following all the previously established rules governing raw milk sales, plus these additional requirements:

  • Farmer must inform the Agency of Agriculture which farmers markets (and times) milk will be delivered to;
  • Customers must visit the farm, be offered a tour, and make a milk purchase;
  • Customers must pre-pay for milk that will be delivered to the farmers’ market, either with a one-time purchase or subscription;
  • Farmer must be a vendor at the farmers’ market s/he is delivering to;
  • Milk must be transported and stored at or below 40 degrees; and
  • Farmer must display proof of Tier 2 registration at market booth

More info about the law can be found here. If you have additional questions or you’re considering milk delivery to your local farmers’ market, please let us know. Email shelby@ruralvermont.org or call (802) 223-7222.


Thank You, Supporters!

Thank you to everyone who came out for Rural Vermont’s 29th Annual Celebration! It was a great success. All photos by Matt Hogan of M P Hogan Photography.

Couldn’t make it to the event? Get a taste and read the Farmer Stories here.