Through the wonderful tradition of word of mouth I heard about Fen Farm Dairy and their delicious raw milk and cheese. Fen Farm Dairy is a family run dairy Farm situated in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, proud to be producing delicious raw cow’s milk. Fen Farm is one of around 120 farms across the country that produce raw, unpasteurised milk.
The milk from Fen Farm is simply filtered, cooled and then ready to drink. No heavy processing and no food miles. The milk from the vending machine is never more than 48hrs old. So fresh milk straight from the cow and into our tums, what could be more simple? Not forgetting that it is creamy, delicious and has added health benefits.
A treasure trove of protein, vitamins and minerals, whole unskimmed milk is one of the most nutritionally complete foods. Raw milk’s proponents argue it is more nutritious, higher in vitamins, healthy enzymes and “good” bacteria than pasteurised milk. It is believed pasteurisation destroys key vitamins and minerals, and wipes out proteins that help to carry nutrients into the blood stream. An extensive list of the health benefits can be found here.
Unfortunately due to the severe rain the UK has been experiencing lately I was not able to see the cows frolicking in the lush green grass as the fields were flooded. The best raw milk comes from grass, hay and forage fed cows, which gives it a more complex, earthy flavour.
The team at Fen Farm Dairy also produce their very own ‘Baron Bigod’ cheese from their raw milk. This cheese is the only traditional raw milk Brie-de-Meaux style cheese produced in the UK. Using a traditional recipe the cheese made is delicious and creamy with a distinct flavour. The cheese is made by hand in small batches and can be bought from the vending machine in the cow print shed or from these retailers if you don’t live nearby:
Neals Yard Dairy, Covent Garden, London.
Hamish Johnston fine cheeses, East Anglia and London.
Cleveley’s Food’s, Suffolk.
The Courtyard Dairy, Yorkshire.
The Cheese Truckle, Norfolk.
And find in deli’s and restaurants across the UK.
Find their milk vending machine in their cow print shed at:
Keep your eyes peeled for local raw milk near you.