Straight From the Cow’s Teat

Photo: Hannah Whitaker

Walter Stewart’s Market,New Canaan, Conn.
Miles from NYC: 46
A Twitter feed ( lets you know when milk arrives from Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm in Lyme and when it’s sold out.
(Open daily; 203-966-4848.)

Birchwood Farms, Newtown, PA.
Miles from NYC: 72
A herd of over 40 grass-fed Jerseys produce golden- colored, certified-organic raw milk. The Bucks County farm is popular with residents of New Jersey, where raw-milk sales are prohibited.
(Closed Sundays; call ahead to reserve milk; 215-598-8633.)

Deerfield Farm,Durham, Conn.
Miles from NYC: 97
Run by Melynda Naples, who grew up raising bovines in 4-H, the farm store isn’t always staffed, but there’s an honor-system drop box. Go on a Saturday between nine and one, when Naples and her mother give farm tours. Bonus: Pasteurized chocolate milk is also for sale.
(Open daily; 860-301-7828.)

M & S Farm, Fallsburg, N.Y.
Miles from NYC: 98
Come here for raw goat’s milk (they’ll let you milk the goat yourself), but give the herd queen, Noki, a wide berth: “She’s very bossy,” says farm manager Stephanie Bugielski.
(Open daily; milking by appointment; 845-436-8287.)

Hawthorne Valley Farm, Harlemville, N.Y.
Miles from NYC: 126
The well-known Greenmarket purveyor has been selling raw milk at its farm store for 30 years. “I give it to my children, and they’re healthier because of it,” says dairy manager Peter Kindel, whose cows produce 174 gallons each week.
(Open daily; 518-672-7500.)

Straight From the Cow’s Teat