The Value of a Milk Share
Like many of you, we are pretty conscious about supporting local agriculture, eating whole foods, etc. It can get pricey sometimes, right? Hmmmm…or not. While Scott and I were talking one night, we decided to track the value of belonging to a local milk share. So we tracked it for a month and here are the results!
For $34 per month, we pick up one gallon of local, raw milk each week.
In the past month, using about 2 hours of my time, we have produced the following:
- 1.5 pounds of organic butter
- 1.5 quarts of organic buttermilk
- 2 pounds of organic cheddar
- 1.5 gallons of fresh whey (a MILLION uses detailed here)
- 2 gallons of milk
To purchase these items at my favorite local co-op would cost somewhere around $93. And we know exactly what ingredients were used to make the food because we made it ourselves.
Now stop and think about that for a second. That’s $59 value over what we spend on our share. At 2 hours of work, this is like getting paid nearly $30 an hour to make our own! Easy, not time intensive, and frugal…it’s just about all I could ask for! (Plus CHEESE!)