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Milking it

A co-op of keeners has put its heads (and cows) together to break ground with East Coast Organic Milk.



Patience is a virtue definitely held by the members of the East Coast Organic Milk Co-operative. It's been over seven years, and a ton of hard work, since a bright-white idea cropped up among a small group of green-minded farmers who saw a void and knew just how to fill it.

"They realized that there was this opportunity to produce organic milk," says Heather MacKenzie, the co-op's coordinator. "You could buy it here, but it was all coming from out of province."

With local on the brain, so began the journey for four dairy producers, a retired organic farmer and Just Us! Coffee Roasters, a group otherwise known as the East Coast Organic Milk Co-operative.

Before the product could make its way to shelves and glasses across the province the co-op worked through a laundry list of to dos, which included amending dairy regulations, finding someone to process and package the milk (that'd be the Yarmouth-based Cook's Dairy) and the creation of a solid brand. Also during this time Cook's and two of the co-op members' farms---Knoydart Farm in Antigonish and Dellside Farm in Port Hood---were granted organic certification; the other two, Blois Family Farm and Parkside Farm, are still in the the transition phase of the switch-over.

Now East Coast Organic Milk, in one percent, two percent and whole varieties, is available at nearly 100 locations province-wide, a number that seems to be growing at a rapid pace. MacKenzie says that blend cream, chocolate milk and yogurt are on the horizon and we say, drink up.

Got milk?

Find East Coast Organic in the HRM

Halifax Seaport Market 1209 Marginal Road

East Coast Family Market 1149 Marginal Road

Just Us! Coffeehouses 1678 Barrington Street 5896 Spring Garden Road

Planet Organic 6485 Quinpool Road

Pete's 1595 Bedford Highway 1515 Dresden Row

Local Source Catering 5783 Charles Street

RSD & Jo's Country Market 1823 St. Margarets Bay Road

Edible Matters 1345 Hammonds Plains Road

Fruit & Vegetable Mart 2900 Hwy # 2, Fall River

Sobeys locations:

Baker Drive

Bedford Highway

Elmsdale Shopping Centre

Downsview Mall

Fall River

First Lake Drive

Forest Hills Drive

Hammonds Plains Road

Herring Cove Road

Peakview Way

Penhorn Mall

Lacewood Drive

Queen Street

Tacoma Drive

West End Mall

Superstore locations:

Barrington Street

Bedford Highway

Braemar Drive

Chain Lake Drive

Cole Harbour Road


Joseph Howe Drive

Porters Lake,

Portland Street

Lower Sackville Drive

Upper Tantallon

Young Street

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