No doubt, you can go to the dairy section of any grocery store and the number of milk options is beyond baffling. So how do you choose which option is best for your family? Due to allergies or certain diet restrictions, you may choose one over the other. But absent any type of restriction, why not go with the milk that’s as it was meant to be – organic. Organic Valley is one of the world’s largest organic consumer brands and in my family’s opinion, is one of the tastiest milks around. Keep reading to find out why they’re so great!
~ This is a sponsored post on behalf of Moms Meet and Organic Valley. As always, opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. ~
First and foremost, Organic Valley has always been and will forever be, organic. I mean, it’s in their name! When it comes to the organic movement, Organic Valley is a leader and helped write the standards for organic farming. With sustainability at the core, it’s important to Organic Valley to preserve a way of life that values the land and its inhabitants (including both humans and animals). They never use artificial hormones, pesticides, antibiotics, or GMOs; and they don’t add any artificial ingredients or fillers. In fact, Organic Valley has saved 440 million pounds of chemicals from the land since 1988. Not only did Organic Valley help lead the way for organic farming, but the farms even go above and beyond the official organic regulations.
The Organic Valley Farms
You may be wondering just exactly who is behind Organic Valley. Well, Organic Valley is not a corporation, but is actually a cooperation (or coop). It’s the largest farmer-owned organic coop in the United States. More specifically, Organic Valley represents over 1,800 small organic family farms throughout 34 U.S. states, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
When you purchase an Organic Valley product from the store, the label will tell you where the product came from – whether local or national. And if you’re just naturally curious about what Organic Valley farms may be near you, click here to find out. The farms are broken down by region, so you can learn more about the farms in your area and the families who run them. No matter where or which farm the product comes from, you can guarantee that if it says Organic Valley, it’s going to be the best.
Want to know what makes Organic Valley the best? It can easily be summed up in how the farms treat their animals. On Organic Valley farms, animals freely express their natural behaviors, like grazing, foraging, and playing on pastures. Their cows actually spend 50% more time outside on pastures than USDA organic standards require – just one example of how Organic Valley goes above and beyond the official organic regulations.
Organic Valley believes natural is better, so their animals are raised without hormones and antibiotics, and nothing they eat is ever sprayed with harsh pesticides. The cows graze on regenerative pastures because Organic Valley believes that working in harmony with nature is good for animals and helps provide the creamiest milk.
In addition, the farms have smaller herds. Factory farms can have thousands of cows, but Organic Valley farms average just 78 cows per herd. This means more TLC for the animals, which prompts longer, more natural lives for cows, and pure and wholesome milk.
Milk naturally has 13 essential nutrients, but simply put, happier and healthier cows lead to better quality milk.
Giving My Family Organic Valley
My oldest son is kind of like the milk connoisseur of the family. It’s not unusual to see him walking around with a glass of milk, and honestly, he’s the reason we run out of milk so quickly. So when I introduced Organic Valley milk to the family, I knew I had to get his thoughts.
According to my son, Organic Valley milk truly does have a richer taste and creamier texture. Taste was the first thing he mentioned. I asked him if he preferred the regular milk I used to buy or the Organic Valley, and he quickly responded with Organic Valley. He certainly didn’t have to say more to convince me Organic Valley is the best choice for my family.
What’s even better, he was looking at the carton of milk and noticed it said 100% grass-fed. He asked me what that meant, which sparked a conversation about factory farms versus organic farms. I pulled up some images online to show him and explained some of the key differences. At the end of that conversation, I asked which cows he’d rather have his milk come from. Organic farms was the clear winner.
Where to Purchase Organic Valley
Ready to try the richest, creamiest milk? Organic Valley milk comes in two sizes – half gallon or gallon – and typically ranges in retail price from $4.99 to $6.29. It is currently available at Whole Foods Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, Walmart, and Publix. To find a store near you, visit the Store Locator.
And don’t forget to check out the other products Organic Valley has to offer. They’re more than just milk!
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