Column: Synthetic-free, farm-fresh milkHave you forgotten? Let’s take a walk down memory lane. You may have seen the commercials — “If you’re not drinking farm-fresh, all natural, Dahl’s Sunrise Dairy milk then you’ve forgotten what milk tastes like.”
By: Cara Lindberg, For the Budgeteer News
Have you forgotten? Let’s take a walk down memory lane.
You may have seen the commercials — “If you’re not drinking farm-fresh, all natural, Dahl’s Sunrise Dairy milk then you’ve forgotten what milk tastes like.”
Dahl’s Sunrise Dairy, located in Babbitt, is committed to providing the healthiest and most environmentally superior milk possible to the Twin Ports and surrounding communities.
But, isn’t all milk healthy? How can milk be environmentally friendly and sustainable? Let’s take a deeper look.
Wayne Dahl, who founded Dahl’s in 1994, said he is proud of the milk that they produce. Dahl was working for another small dairy company in the early 1990s and decided it was time to start his own company.
As the owner of a small business he wears many hats and has to be very adaptable. “I aid in the processing of the milk, sales, marketing, delivering and even mechanic.” Because of his commitment to supporting small businesses, Dahl partners with other small, local, family-owned farms in Cook, Cherry and Meadowlands for all of his milk.
Dahl’s Sunrise Dairy milk is produced locally and is rBST-free.
What the heck is rBST?
rBST, also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin, is a synthetic growth hormone that increases milk production in lactating dairy cattle. Due to the added hormone, it causes cows to eat and drink more, in order to produce the additional milk.
Although rBST is currently FDA-approved as “safe for human consumption,” there are increasing concerns and public opinions about health and safety for humans and animals.
Currently rBST is not allowed on the market in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and all European Unions.
In addition to being hormone-free, every drop of Dahl’s milk is tested in their lab in Babbitt to ensure all the milk is antibiotic-free.
Some farmers choose to use antibiotics if a cow is sick as a veterinary practice. If a cow has been administered an antibiotic, the milk is withheld until the antibiotics have the cleared the cow’s system. Because it is analyzed in Dahl’s lab, only antibiotic-free milk is accepted to be bottled and sold.
Another environmentally superior practice is the way the milk is bottled. It is bottled in environmentally friendly, reusable half-gallon glass bottles. This way of packaging eliminates plastic jugs and caps and plastic-lined cardboard milk cartons, which can end up in the landfill, and take unknown amount of time to decompose, if ever.
Milk produced and bottled with this process is not just healthier and more environmentally superior, it tastes better.
“Milk tastes better in glass, stays colder and using glass bottles is better than recycling. It is calculated by the manufacturer of the glass bottles that each bottle can be used many times over,” Dahl said.
The milk is creamy and fresh, just like milk used to and should taste like.
As an added bonus Dahl’s Sunrise Dairy will deliver right to your door. The delivery area stretches from Ely to Grand Rapids, Duluth and south to Esko-Carlton. A great benefit is that you don’t have to be home to receive the delivery — all the driver needs is access to a quality cooler or a refrigerator. The minimum weekly order for delivery is 3 ½ gallons.
True sustainability is a balance between a healthy economy, environment and community.
Choosing Dahl’s Sunrise Dairy meets this balance by keeping our dollars in the community, by producing a healthier and more eco-friendly product and by supporting local business and farms.
If you would like an opportunity to try Dahl’s milk you can find it in several Twin Ports businesses and restaurants. The Whole Foods Coop, Duluth Grill, Positively 3rd Street Bakery and Cookie Temptations all serve or use the milk in recipes.
For more information or to set up delivery, simply call 218-827-9999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cara Lindberg is the board president of Sustainable Twin Ports. She lives with her husband in the Duluth area. Cara can be reached at email@example.com.