Organic Valley: A Farmer Owned Company I Trust {Plus a Giveaway}

by Chrystal Johnson on April 10, 2013

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Basic RGBAt Expo West, I had the extreme pleasure of being introduced to Organic Valley, a farmer owned company. Their philosophy of being closely connected to the farmers where the food comes from really resonated with me.

And I love their definition of Organic:

Organic is a philosophy and system of production that mirrors the natural laws of living organisms with an emphasis on the interdependence of all life. Simply put, we farm in harmony with nature.

Organic Valley was celebrating their 25-year anniversary at Expo West, and since the girls were with me, I took them to the celebration. Zoë was a little cold so she stayed in the stroller, but Kaylee had an absolute blast dancing to the Organic Valley band while eating her grassfed corndog!

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In their booth, Organic Valley was sampling some of their latest products, including:

Their meats are under the Organic Prairie brand and all of their other products (dairy, eggs, produce, juice, soy, etc.) are under the Organic Valley brand.

To give us an opportunity to try some of these products with our family, they kindly sent us a box of samples, which included their organic, grassfed ground beef, uncured hotdogs and raw cheddar cheese.

The girls were really excited because they got to sample the hot dogs and cheese at Expo West (I took them lunch) and loved them. I hadn’t eaten cheese in a while since I had gone dairy free, but I decided to give the Organic Valley cheese a try since it’s raw.

I ate some samples at Expo West and felt fine after eating them. Okay, I ate a lot of samples because it was so good! So we were excited to get 4 packages of the raw, grassfed cheese in our shipment.

organic-valley-grassmilk-cheeseOut of the regular cheddar and sharp cheddar, the sharp was definitely our favorite. I grated some up for Mexican food night and it was a huge hit. The girls were constantly asking for more cheese until all 4 packages were gone. It was sooooo good though!

I rarely buy hotdogs since most of them are so full of junk like nitrates and corn syrup, but I was so pleasantly surprised with the Organic Prairie hot dogs that I would allow them into my home.

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Check the ingredients:

Organic beef, water, sea salt, organic evaporated cane juice, celery juice powder, organic spices, organic onion powder, organic garlic powder, lactic acid starter culture.

And, you know, I don’t normally like hot dogs but I actually really, really like the ones from Organic Prairie! Brian wasn’t even planning on cooking one for me until I told him I wanted one – that’s how seldom I eat them. And I would happily eat these again.

We also made some hamburgers with the ground beef. Of course the grill died a few minutes after Brian put them on (looks like we need a new grill!), so we pan-fried them in our cast iron skillet. And of course we topped them with sliced of the raw cheese – so yummy!

organic-valley-ground-beefWe can get the Organic Prairie ground beef at our local Vons (for $7.99 per pound), so it’s usually what I end up buying. I typically cook one pound of the organic grassfed ground beef with one package of finely minced crimini/baby bella mushrooms and some minced onion.

This combo is great for tacos, meatloaf, spaghetti and pretty much anything you use ground beef in. It even fools Zoë! It’s an easy way to stretch your grassfed beef.

I wish our local store carried more Organic Valley and Organic Prairie products, because I would definitely support them with purchases. The products are quality, they taste great and I trust the source – that is so important these days.

You can see if your local grocery store carries Organic Valley and Organic Prairie products here (scroll down and look for the Store Locator box). You can also order online and have it shipped direct!

Win It!

Ten (10) Happy Mothering readers will win one coupon good towards a free Organic Valley product (up to $10 value)! To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Amy April 10, 2013 at 6:35 am

I really want to try the cheese! We have other OV products at my local grocery store, but not cheese!

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2 Nicole April 10, 2013 at 6:38 am

I would like to try the organic singles. I have trouble finding organic products in our local grocery store though.

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3 Jessie C. April 10, 2013 at 8:18 am

I’d like to try Butter, European-style

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4 Dorothy Teel April 10, 2013 at 8:21 am

I would like to try the Organic Pork Italian Sausage, we have a new Sprouts and I wonder if they carry this line…

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5 Brittney Minor
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April 10, 2013 at 8:27 am

I would like to try their Feta Cheese! YUM!
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6 Amanda Alvarado April 10, 2013 at 8:28 am

I would love to try the Muenster Cheese! Finding it around here will be fun though! LOL

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7 jaime April 10, 2013 at 8:28 am

I’d like to try their Muenster cheese!

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8 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom April 10, 2013 at 8:45 am

Wow “More than 1 million children between the ages of 1 and 5 ingest at least 15 pesticides every day from fruits and vegetables.”
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9 Jennifer Holovack April 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

I really want to try the sour cream!!! I love sour cream so much!

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10 Susan Broughton April 10, 2013 at 8:52 am

I would also like to try the Premium Organic Sirloin Steak. I really like beef so this would be something that I would enjoy.

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11 zola
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April 10, 2013 at 9:00 am

Pasture-raised milk is higher in Omega-3s than conventional milk.

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12 Elena April 10, 2013 at 9:01 am

I want to try their feta cheese

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13 natalie nichols
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April 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

I’d like to try the Organic Uncured
Beef Hot Dogs

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14 Angela Yeremenko April 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

I would like to try the Triple Berry Yogurt.

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15 Christine T. April 10, 2013 at 10:15 am

I didn’t know OP made hot dogs and raw cheese. I would love to try both.

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16 Kelli April 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

The American cheese slices – the kids always want me to buy those

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17 Kelly April 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

I’d love to try the Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

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18 Martine S.
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April 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

Would like to try the organic singles.
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19 Cheryl Rahkonen April 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm

I would love to try the European Style Butter.

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20 Melissa Hartley April 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I learned this:
Organically raised animals grow at their own natural pace, without artificial growth hormones. This means less animal stress and better tasting food! Clean water, quality feed, fresh air, healthy pastures, and nutrient-rich soil all contribute to the superior taste of organically grown food.

Thank you :)

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21 Kayla April 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I’d also like to try their Fat-Free milk!

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22 Daraya April 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I would love to try their Vanilla or Chocolate Single-Size Milk! :)

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23 Vanessa April 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I’d love to try their extra large eggs. momlovesdeals at gmail dot com

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24 Leann L April 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

I’d love to try their buttermilk powder.

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25 Anne Perry April 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

would love to try the Chocolate Soy Milk

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26 Karen D April 11, 2013 at 5:32 am

I’d like to try the American Singles

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27 joanna April 11, 2013 at 5:51 am

we simply love organic valley cream cheese; would love a coupon for a free one!

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28 Tara L April 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Would love to try their Sour Cream
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29 april April 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I would love to try the American Singles for my kids.

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30 BreeAnna Mcmanus April 12, 2013 at 8:58 am

Triple Berry Yogurt.

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31 Jo-Ann Brightman April 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I’d like to try the European style butter or the hot dogs

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32 Ttrockwood April 13, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Their hazelnut half and half sounds amazing!!

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33 Tami Lewis April 13, 2013 at 6:34 pm

The cheese please!

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34 D Schmidt April 13, 2013 at 6:52 pm

I would like to try their cheddar cheese and half and half

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35 Heidi B April 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I’d like to try their Pasture Butter! I wish my store carried more of their awesome products!

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36 Denise Taylor-Dennis April 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I would like to try the Stringle string cheese
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37 Jayne Townsley April 14, 2013 at 9:07 am

I learned that they sell Organic Valley products in our small town’s grocery store! I always check before entering sweepstakes like this because often our selections are limited.

I would probably choose some good cheese with my coupon. The family is partial to Muenster.
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38 Betty League April 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I would like to try the – Cultured Unsalted Butter, 1 lb, 4 quarters
My family and I have been cutting down on salt and cooking with more herbs. I would like to try this product. thank you

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39 Giggedygeekmum April 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I’d love to try the organic eggnog.

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40 Jessica April 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I learned they are family owned and I would love to try the chocolate soy milk.. yum

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41 Amanda H April 15, 2013 at 9:03 pm

European Style Butter!

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42 Blessie Nelson April 15, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I am curious to taste the European Style Butter.

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43 laurie nykaza April 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Organic Valley and Organic Prairie products I like that they are organic my son has a heart transplant and my daughter had cancer so the kids need to eat as healthy as possible.

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44 Priscilla Benavides
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April 16, 2013 at 1:29 am

I would love to try their Lactose Free milk!
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45 Carmella April 16, 2013 at 5:46 am

Real cheese!!

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46 katherine d April 16, 2013 at 9:04 am

would love their american cheese slices

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47 vivian s April 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

i want to the Organic Valley Organic Drinkable Lowfat Vanilla Bean Yogurt Smoothie

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48 Kristen April 16, 2013 at 10:55 am

I’d like to try the Colby Cheese.

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49 rachel April 16, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I want to try their chicken breast!

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50 Melissa H. April 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I’d love to try the yogurt!

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51 Debi H. April 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I buy Organic Valley products but knew nothing about Organic Prairie! I would love to try their meats!

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52 Becky Jones April 16, 2013 at 8:57 pm

The store where I shop carries many OV products, but I haven’t seen the raw cheese. I’d love to try it!

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53 Michelle K. April 16, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I didn’t realize OV had beef products. I love their dairy products.

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54 Kathryn K April 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I would like to try the 100% grass fed raw dairy cheese. I have never seen these in a store, only the regular organic cheese.

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55 Joy April 16, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I LUV free things!!!! Not to mention that I love organic and natural things for my family!!!

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56 Joy April 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I would love to try their American Singles!!!

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57 Rosemarie watkins
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April 16, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I’d love to try the hot dogs. I never eat them for obvious reasons, but these sound so good!

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58 Julia Janzen April 16, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I absolutely LOVE their cream cheese! It’s one of my guilty pleasures to slather it on anything toasted. :)

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59 Elizabeth Crabtree April 17, 2013 at 12:53 am

I would love to try the OV yogurt, I’ve never seen it in the store.

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60 sue April 17, 2013 at 4:14 am

would love to try the raw cheddar cheese

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61 Robin O April 17, 2013 at 4:42 am

I would especially love to try the organic American Singles cheese slices!
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62 simone April 17, 2013 at 4:52 am

my son has autism and it is hard to find grass fed anything thank you for being.

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63 Yuki April 17, 2013 at 5:00 am

I’ve been a fan of Organic Valley products for a long time – especially their dairy products.
I was worried about growth hormones that might be added to milk, cheese, eggs, yogurt and etc.
Organic Valley puts my worry to rest and everything tastes great.

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64 April April 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

We’d try out their milk-we love it! Or if i could find it, I’d try out their cheese. Yum!

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65 Colleen Murphy Stewart April 17, 2013 at 5:43 am

I LOVE Organic Valley and support them each week. It’s the only milk and butter I will buy. I would love to try their raw cheese. I don’t believe our store sells it though? I shop at Woodman’s in Kenosha, WI. I’m so glad they carry many of Organic Valley’s products!

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66 jeannine s April 17, 2013 at 6:45 am

Iwant to try their hazelnut half and half

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67 Nathalie April 17, 2013 at 6:59 am

I’d love to try their cheeses and I think I saw them at my Publix so if I get a coupon (I’m all for saving money AND eating healthier), then I’ll buy them :)

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68 Jennifer April 17, 2013 at 7:08 am

I would love to try OV butter and meat! I love their milk, cheese and half & half! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

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69 Amie April 17, 2013 at 7:20 am

Super excited for those hot dogs!! My husband will be thrilled!

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70 Linda April 17, 2013 at 7:30 am

I had no idea they make american sliced cheese! We get milk and that is about it in our grocery stores…hope its coming to NEngland soon!

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71 Holly April 17, 2013 at 7:33 am

I limit dairy, but would love to try the raw, grass fed cheese, as a healthy alternative.

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72 Linda April 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

I’d like to try their vanilla bean yogurt

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73 Walter Daniels April 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Of course, real chees tastes great. Most of what is sold as “cheese” isn’t, not really.

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74 Meryl April 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

I’d like to try their cheddar cheese.

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75 Louis April 17, 2013 at 6:49 pm

I’d like to try their yogurt and milk.

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76 Melissa S April 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

I would like to try the hot dogs.

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77 Heather April 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I’d love to try their ricotta cheese.
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78 Natasha Rodriguez April 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

Sour cream or chocolate milk!

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79 Charlotte April 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Would love to try the hot dogs.

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80 Peggy Greco April 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I would like to try the juices and sour cream ,too.

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81 courtney fisk April 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

I didn’t realize they were coupled with Organic Prairie!
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82 mendy April 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

thanks for the giveaway!

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83 Jemima P April 25, 2013 at 9:11 am

I’d like to try the pasture butter!

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84 kathy Hoag April 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

The milk because it has NO HORMONES !! Thank You !

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85 Mary Beth Elderton April 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Id love to try the Organic Boneless Skinless
Chicken Breast (Whole)

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86 Jenna April 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I would like to try their organic uncured beef hot dog.

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87 Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas April 27, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I didn’t know they sold beef…the hot dogs would be a real treat for us in the summer. I have totally written them out of my life because of the ingredients, but I’d allow these!
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88 catherine c April 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I didn’t realize they had beef as well. I’ve seen the hotdogs at my co-op, but haven’t seen the beef. I’ll have to ask them to see if they can stock it.
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89 Heather C. April 27, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I’d love to try their Yogurt Smoothie.

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90 Sarah Dupree April 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I would like to try the hot dogs :)

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91 Debra Jarmon April 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

i would love to try the hot dog and cheese.

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92 shantelle stately April 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I would love to try the beef hot dogs.

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93 Abbi G. April 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I would like to try any of the meats.

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94 Lily Ivey April 27, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I would like to try their drinkable yogurt.

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95 Christine M April 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Neufchatel cream cheese
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96 Kirk August 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Please be aware that Organic Valley Raw Cheeses are NOT raw!

According to Organic Valley Consumer Relations, “Legally, any milk that is not pasteurized is considered raw milk and must be labeled as such on products sold for consumption in the United States. For white fluid milk, the time-temperature relationship for HTST processed milk (high-temperature, short-time) is a minimum of 161°F for at least 15 seconds. Our raw milk cheese is heated to 158 degrees F for 15 seconds, which is just below the pasteurization threshold.”

Just because it does not meet the legal definition for “pasteurized” doesn’t make it raw (all enzymes in milk are destroyed around 118F). So it can legally be called “Raw” while the cheeses are made from dead, pasteurized milk.

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