Monday, July 13, 2009

Fresh Milk on the Radio

Saxelby Cheesemongers gets down and dairy on the Heritage Radio Network with author Anne Mendelson...

Saxelby Cheesemongers' bi-weekly show, 'Cutting the Curd' waxes poetic on a myriad of dairy-centric topics. Listen in live every other Sunday from 3:30 to 4:00 pm or check out the Heritage Radio Network archives to hear the latest and the greatest... Yesterday's dispatch featured a conversation with Anne Mendelson, author of the delightful book Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages



Milk. It does a body good. We've all heard that refrain a thousand times or more. But it wasn't always that way. Before there were milk marketing campaigns, much of the world preferred their milk in the already soured format. Yogurt, cheese, and other fermented milk products ruled supreme for thousands of years before people started drinking the fresh stuff. Whether that was a result of climate, physiology, or convenience is up for debate. And debate and ruminate Ms. Mendelson does.

From the backyard cow to the super dairies at work in this country today, Anne Mendelson's tome traces the lineage of our dairy industry, linking our predilection for fresh milk with the growth of an industry that came to favor production and efficiency over flavor and health. As a young one growing up in the suburban midwest, I had no idea what constituted 'real milk.' I always assumed the white stuff lining the refrigerated shelves of the supermarket was the end all be all of the milk line. Our radio debate focuses in on the merits of real milk: it tastes better, it preserves local dairies and a working farm landscape, and means healthy and happy animals. Our fridge at Saxelby Cheesemongers is chock full of the good stuff... organic, unhomogenized cows milk from the Evans Creamery, and organic goat's milk from Kortright Creamery, both from small farms upstate New York.

So get yourself a cookie, crack open a bottle of creamy, delicious milk, kick back and listen in to this and our next dairy pursuits over the airwaves.

Till next Monday! Drink milk and be merry.

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