Down East 2013 ©
Moo-ve over Organic Valley, there’s a new organic milk on the shelf. Maine’s Own Organic Milk (207-242-5034, moomilkco.com ) is a creamy 100 percent Maine milk available at grocery stores across Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. When a significant number of Maine organic dairy farmers were dropped by H.P. Hood last year, ten of the farms banded together, fearful of going the way of the nearly two hundred dairy farmers in the state that have gone out of business in the last decade. From Windy Acres Farm in Clinton to Chase’s Organic Dairy Farm in Mapleton, the farms decided to create their own milk with 90 percent of the profits going back to the farmers themselves. The milk, which comes in half gallons of whole, 2 percent, 1 percent, and skim varieties, is processed at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook.