Raw Milk boosts interest in Food Hub     

We have seen a sudden upturn in the number of shoppers at the Food Hub since we started offering unpasteurised Jersey milk from John Barron at Beaconhill Farm.  This has had a knock-on benefit for many other Stroudco producers because shoppers often order other products when they are putting in their weekly milk order.

Stroudco is the only retail outlet for unpasteurised milk in Stroud and it seems that lots of people are questioning the wisdom of pasteurising milk.  Of course, subjecting milk to high temperatures kills the bacteria that may result in serious illness but studies have shown that the risk of contracting these illnesses from raw milk is exceedingly small: about 1 in 6 million.  There has not been a single case of food poisoning related to unpasteurised milk in the UK since 2002 and this is despite the fact that many thousands of dairy farmers drink their own milk raw and there has been a steady rise in the consumption of unpasteurised milk across the UK.

Part of the reason for the growth in popularity of raw milk is the fact that the heat treatment involved in pasteurisation damages many of the minerals and vitamins contained in raw milk and encourages the growth of harmful bacteria in the pasteurised milk.  Pasteurisation also denatures some milk proteins and makes most of the calcium contained in raw milk indigestible.   Some studies show that switching to raw milk can help reduce digestive intolerances, allergies and asthma.

All the Beaconhill Farm cows are Jerseys who produce a milk which is naturally higher in calcium than milk from other cows.  The milk won a Gold Medal at the Royal Welsh Show, has been endorsed by master chef Ed Baines and it tastes delicious!  Part of the reason for this is that John’s Jersey cows are mainly pasture-fed.  Cows are natural herbivores and are healthiest when they eat grass.  A lot of supermarket milk comes from cows which have been fed largely on grain.  John does not use artificial fertilisers, sprays, pesticides or prophylactic antibiotics.  Any feed he purchases is certified free of GM.  Try John’s Jerseys’ milk and you will be hooked!

To see the full range of local produce available on Stroud’s publicly-owned not-for-profit co-op or to download a catalogue go to www.stroudco.org.uk or just pop in and see the Food Hub in operation any Saturday from 11am to 1pm at Stroud Valleys School

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Paleo snacks and treats now on Stroudco Food Hub

Stroudco’s latest producer (number 65!) is a new family business based in Stonehouse which recently won a national award for their Cinnamon Nut Crunch grain-free granola.

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We are particularly pleased to welcome Sarah and Justin Mace to our not-for-profit co-op because their business, Primal Joy Foods produces handmade and home-made ‘paleo’ snacks and treats in as natural state as possible and with minimal processing.

The increasingly popular Paleo or Primal lifestyle incorporates a diet based on natural unprocessed foods without modern grains and sugars.  Primal Joy Foods’ grain-free granola, paleo snack bars, fruit & nut balls and rich chocolate brownies are proving popular with people who have food allergies and intolerances and those with auto immune and inflammatory illnesses such as Coeliac disease, Crohns, arthritis, asthma & eczema

Sarah and Justin came to primal/paleo eating after realising their health, energy and vitality were being sapped by what they had thought were healthy eating habits.  After switching to a paleo diet, they started to feel and see the benefits almost immediately.

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To bring variety, indulgence and convenience into healthy eating, they started making things like bars, muffins & lunch box snacks some of which were a way of sneaking veggies and other good stuff into their children’s daily diet.  After refining their recipes based upon trial and error, as well as putting in plenty of research on the ingredients, they realised that they had some really good end results and that maybe people would be interested in buying them so approached Stroudco to help with local distribution of their products.

Primal Joy Foods never use grains, dairy or refined sugars. Their delicious snacks are sweetened with dates, blueberries or cold spun honey and they use coconut oil as a source of healthy fat. By not using grains, all these snacks are gluten free and without other substances that can cause intestinal discomfort or sensitivity.

To see the full range of local produce available on Stroudco Food Hub or to download a catalogue go to www.stroudco.org.uk or just pop in and see the food hub in operation any Saturday from 11am to 1pm at Stroud Valleys School on Castle Street GL5 2HP

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Not just unpasteurised cow milk. Raw goat milk too!

As Stroudco grows, we can offer an increasingly wide range of products.  You will have seen below that you can now buy raw (unpasteurised) Jersey cow milk from Beaconhill Farm through Stroudco.  This complements the wide range of organic pasteurised unhomogenised milks, creams and yogurt offered by Jess’s Ladies dairy which has been farming at Hardwicke Farm for 3 generations.

 

To complete the range of milks, Stroudco also offers unpasteurised goat’s milk from Wharf Farm.  Lots of people switch to goat’s milk because it can improve gut health, resolve skin complaints, reduce mucous production and some people find it less allergenic than cow’s milk. 

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Another benefit of goat’s milk is that it is naturally homogenised. Fresh cow’s milk will naturally separate with the cream floating to the top. The great thing about goat’s milk, is that it’s naturally homogenised – smooth and consistent without undergoing a man-made process.  It also contains less lactose (a milk sugar which some people find difficult to digest) than cow’s milk.

 

All 3 of Stroudco’s milk producers have met the very high animal welfare standards required by the Food Hub.  This means that they are all as good as organic – even though 2 of them are too small to be able to afford the certification process.  In common with all Stroudco producers they are willing to answer online questions about their production process and invite Stroudco shoppers to visit their farms.

 

To see the full range of local produce available on Stroudco Food Hub or to download a catalogue go to www.stroudco.org.uk or just pop in and see the food hub in operation any Saturday from 11am to 1pm at Stroud Valleys School on Castle Street GL5 2HP

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Appreciation for Unpasteurised Jersey Milk on Stroudco

We just had this email from Stroudco shopper, Ellie Moffat: “The food hub is having more and more great foods on it! We love it! Great news about the raw cow’s milk. We feel so fortunate to have the food hub! Thank you for all your hard work”.

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Raw Milk comes to Stroud – come and taste it 30/8/14

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Stroud’s publicly-owned Food Hub will be hosting a visit from John Barron, a farmer who will be offering Stroudco shoppers a regular supply of Milk and Cream from his Ledbury-based herd of Jersey cows.  The reason the not-for-profit co-op is introducing a new dairy producer to its already thriving community of local food producers is that Beaconhill Farm does not pasteurise its milk and cream.

Lots of people are beginning to question the wisdom of pasteurising milk.  Of course, subjecting milk to high temperatures kills the bacteria that may result in serious illness but studies have shown that the risk of contracting these illnesses from raw milk is exceedingly small: about 1 in 6 million.  There has not been a single case of food poisoning related to unpasteurised milk in the UK since 2002 and this is despite the fact that many thousands of dairy farmers drink their own milk raw and there has been a steady rise in the consumption of unpasteurised milk across the UK. 

Part of the reason for the growth in popularity of raw milk is the fact that heat treatment damages many of the minerals and vitamins contained in raw milk and encourages the growth of harmful bacteria in the pasteurised milk.  Pasteurisation also denatures some milk proteins and makes insoluble most of the calcium contained in raw milk.   Some studies show that switching to raw milk can help reduce digestive intolerances, allergies and asthma.

From this weekend Stroudco will be offering raw, unpasteurised Jersey cream and milk – which is naturally higher in calcium than milk from other cows.  The milk won a Gold Medal at the Royal Welsh Show, has been endorsed by master chef Ed Baines and it tastes delicious!  Part of the reason for this is that John’s Jersey cows are mainly pasture-fed.  Cows are natural herbivores and are healthiest when they eat grass.  A lot of supermarket milk comes from cows which have been fed largely on grain.  John does not use  artificial fertiliser, does not use and sprays or pesticides and we does not use prophylactic antibiotics.  Any feed he purchases is certified free of GM.  Try John’s Jerseys’ milk and you will be hooked!

Stroudco also hopes soon to be offering ice cream (pasteurised) and cheese all made on-farm from John’s Jerseys’ raw milk.

Jenni Willis, a Stroudco shopper said “I used to be nervous about drinking unpasteurised milk but since realising how much damage is caused by the pasteurising process, I am convinced that the health benefits of drinking milk in its natural state far outweigh the tiny risks involved.  I am particularly reassured by John Barron having seen how careful he is with dairy hygiene and the lengths he goes to in making sure that his milk is completely clean.  Once I had tasted the milk I was completely converted!”

John will be selling his products and offering tastes of his milk and cream – which is 65% butterfat – so thicker than clotted cream – at the regular Stroudco Food Drop at Stroud valleys School, on Castle Street GL5 2HP this Saturday 30th August from 11am to 1pm.  John says “I have always been fond of Stroud and we are very pleased to have been welcomed by Stroudco which works as a co-operative jointly managed by the producers and the shoppers.  I will be offering free tastes of my milk and cream which comes direct from my carefully-managed Jersey herd.  I believe in keeping as close to nature as possible.   The cows eat my grass and produce the milk, we milk the cows and then bottle the milk for you. We like to refer to it simply as “fresh milk” although it is often referred to as “raw milk” or “clean milk”. It has not been heat treated or processed in any way to alter its structure and destroy its goodness.

To meet John, taste his milk and cream and see pictures and videos of his dairy production everyone is welcome to call in to the Stroudco Food Drop between 11am and 1pm.

To see the full range of local produce available on Stroudco Food Hub or to download a catalogue go to www.stroudco.org.uk or just pop in and see the food hub in operation any Saturday from 11am to 1pm at Stroud Valleys School

More details on the benefits of raw milk:

http://johnsjerseys.co.uk/our-dairy-products/unpasteurised-milk/

http://www.realmilk.com/health/raw-milk-vs-pasteurized-milk/

http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html

http://www.realmilk.com/

http://www.realmilk.com/

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Stroudco wins South of England Enterprise award in Towns Alive

Stroudco has won the South Zone Enterprise Category in the 2014 Towns Alive Awards.

Judges’ comments:

“A hugely successful and collaborative scheme which benefits local consumers and businesses alike. The online tools are available for others to use, and there is evidence of the scheme being replicated elsewhere.”

For more details see http://towns.org.uk/2014/08/17/win-for-stroud-in-towns-alive-awards/

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New Stroudco Food Hub Catalogue

There are new producers joining Stroudco Food Hub all the time.  To give you an idea of what is now available we have produced this Stroudco Food Hub catalogue – Spring 2014 These 10 pages don’t even cover the wide range of store cupboard products which we also sell from Essential Trading (a workers co-op based in Bristol) but it does include the 58 (and growing) local suppliers who have opened a Stroudco account.
You will notice that many of our prices are lower than supermarket prices – and most of them are not even available in any supermarket!
Please download the catalogue, print it off for reference and pass it on to anyone you think might be interested.
We have printed some paper copies so let us know if you know of anywhere we could display them, but we are trying to minimise the distribution of these to save on the printing cost.

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