Whole Foods Permanently Discontinues Raw Milk Nationwide

I just received an email from Organic Pastures announcing that Whole Foods has decided to permanently stop selling raw milk nationwide. This is very disappointing to me.

I have been an avid fan and supporter of Whole Foods for two decades — since I was in college in the early '90s. I went to college in Austin, where Whole Foods started, and I loved them from the beginning.

My love for Whole Foods has officially died.

I can't get behind a company that proclaims, with their very name, to be all about WHOLE FOODS. And yet they won't sell a product that is the original whole food. Raw milk. Straight from the cow. Unprocessed, unheated, untreated, full fat, free of antibiotics and added hormones. Grass-fed. Can it get any more of a WHOLE FOOD than that?

What are they going to do next? Stop selling eggs because they are raw? Perhaps they'll decide to only sell pasteurized low-fat or “skim” eggs?

Here's the statement from Organic Pastures:


OPDC was notified on Thursday afternoon March 25, 2010 that Whole Foods Corporate has decided permanently to discontinue raw dairy products from all stores nationally, as a matter of corporate policy.

We are very disappointed in this decision and believe that it is a move away from “whole food” being sold at Whole Foods. We all know that raw milk is a whole food, whereas pasteurized and ultra pasteurized milk are partial foods. These sterile foods cannot be consumed by many people because a killing heat has compromised their integrity, causing enzyme, digestion and other serious histamine and immune disturbance issues. Delicious living, probiotic raw milk does not create these problems. Sterile foods are not organic foods and never have been. Organic food is whole, bio-diverse, nutrient dense, enzyme and mineral rich by definition.

OPDC would like to warmly thank Walter Robb and Whole Foods for ten great years of market support and the instrumental roll that Whole Foods played in establishing the thriving California Raw Milk Market.

Please welcome our new retail partners as they join OPDC in providing delicious raw dairy products to you. The addition of these fine organic and natural food stores has created new market excitement. Many of these stores are using a lower price point which makes OPDC products more affordable for everyone. Please welcome our new accounts, and thank the dairy case mangers with a big raw milk hug!


Paradise Foods (Novato)
Estudillo Produce and Deli (San Leandro)
Piazza's Fine Foods (Palo Alto)
Isla Vista Food Co-Op (Isla Vista)
The Market (Fresno)
Granny's Pantry (Pasadena)
Grassroots Market (South Pasadena)
Elliot's Natural (Sacramento)
Gene's Fine Foods (Saratoga)
Health Unlimited (Castro Valley)
La Tropicana Market (Los Angeles)
Mollie Stones (Multiple Locations)

All the best in health,

Mark McAfee Founder OPDC

From now on, I'll be avoiding Whole Foods and taking my money elsewhere. I truly believe that raw milk is a “whole food” and I believe that farmers producing raw milk need our support.

As Mark says in the video, there are 325 other stores carrying Organic Pastures products in California. If you live here in California, go shop at one of those stores. If you currently shop at a grocery store in California that doesn't currently carry raw milk, please talk to them and ask them to carry Organic Pastures raw dairy products.

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65 thoughts on “Whole Foods Permanently Discontinues Raw Milk Nationwide

  1. Many of us here in the Sacramento area wrote email letters to the CEO of Whole Foods about this several weeks ago when they first temporarily discontinued the Raw Milk products. We are very sorry to see it go for good now. Many Whole Foods employees are just as unhappy about the decision and agree that it is a superior product. I don’t believe we should boycott Whole Foods entirely, since that would hurt us as families who are trying to find the best products we can. However, I know that I already shop there less because the raw milk was the one thing I always went there to buy and then would usually buy most of the rest of our groceries there as well since I was already there. Now I do most of my shopping elsewhere and only go to Whole Foods for the things I can’t find elsewhere at the same price.

  2. I buy Claravale Raw Milk from a buyer’s club (Real Food Bay Area). I am SO happy that this club started…I was afraid that something like this would happen.

    I have always done some shopping at Whole Foods, to fill in what I can’t get from my CSA or Azure, because I could count on getting OP raw milk when I ran low before the next delivery. No more.

    I am taking my business to Piazza’s (from the list above) and Trader Joe’s.
    I wonder how much business Whole Foods will lose because of this?

  3. Whole Foods sold out when they merged with Wild Oats, eliminating their competition. Most of their produce is now conventially grown (another term for GMO or chemically fertilized). I haven’t shopped there for years.

  4. Just heard the horrific news. We are, as of today, no longer shopping at “Partial Foods”. None of the stores listed that will carry raw milk are close, but we’ve driven across several towns in SoCal for real food before, and will be happy to do it again.


  5. Henry’s Marketplace and Sprouts are still selling raw milk. I just called the Henry’s in Chino Hills is sold out! The dairy guy said it’s getting very popular there. Everyone please express your support for those stores still offering the real thing.

  6. I’ve noticed I’ve made significantly fewer trips to Whole Foods (WF) since they stopped carrying the REAL milk. Granted, I preferentially bought raw milk at the farmer’s market and though Rawesome’s private membership. But I liked the convenience of being able to run into the nearest Whole Foods to pick up an extra half-gallon when I…horror of horrors….sometimes ran out of milk a few days prior to the next farmers market or Rawesome shopping day.

    The benefit of this, for me, is that it forced me to get more acquainted with the local food co-op. Strangely enough I hadn’t even joined the co-op until a few months ago, and this raw milk situation is just one more reason that I love the co-op. And I save money there that I didn’t save at Whole Foods.

    Meanwhile, WF is seeing less and less of this consumer’s grocery dollars. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. Other raw milk consumers in CA are no doubt having to frequent other stores rather than Whole Foods to get REAL milk. It may be a David and Goliath-like situation, but hopefully it will make a small dent in their bottom line and thus make them think twice. My fingers are crossed, I hope that this situation changes.

  7. I am not actively boycotting Whole Foods but I have found that I go there a lot less (and spend less money there overall) since they no longer carry raw milk.

  8. That’s really sad and very disappointing. Especially because it sends a message that Whole Foods thinks there is something wrong with raw milk products. REALLY bad for the raw milk industry in general. I’ve never been a big fan of whole “paycheck” as we call it in our family, because of their high prices. The mark up on the Organic Pastures milk is ridiculous. I’ve paid as much as $12 if I remember correctly for a 1/2 gallon at WF, but I get it through my “CSA” for around $7. If you live in CA, check out www.abundantharvestorganics.com. They are expanding as far south as San Diego, so you might be able to get some through there.

    By the way, didn’t know you were a Texan – I grew up in San Marcos, just south of Austin.
    .-= Amy @ Homestead Revival´s last blog ..Routine Is Necessary; Flexibility A Must! =-.

  9. I am not really worried about it from a market perspective. If there is a demand others will (and have) stepped in. But I am concerned from a political as this seems to be right along the path governments want to take in eliminating raw milk as a choice.

    What are they going to do next? Stop selling eggs because they are raw? Perhaps they’ll decide to only sell pasteurized low-fat or “skim” eggs?

    Raw cheese is next on the food nazi’s agenda. The US gov’t’s attitudes and regulations are already affecting other parts of the world renowned for raw cheese like France.
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..Should We Buy Only Locally Grown Produce? =-.

  10. I was listening to something about ecoli the other day that came on the radio. #1 on their stay away list was raw milk. They were really trying to make a point about it. Total fearmongering.

    Sure glad I don’t have a whole foods. I have a pretty good little health food store locally. The only problem with them, is they regularly are sold out of the stuff. Usually at the same time my local farmer doesn’t have any for me 🙁
    .-= Grok´s last blog ..Going Veg Part 2 =-.

  11. Oh I am so sad!! We do not currently have a Whole Foods market in our city but there is one about an hour from us where we would get some of our raw cheeses. As for Organic Pastures, I sincerely hope this does not hurt their wonderful little farm. Our family takes a montly trip up there to get our supply of raw milk and ground beef, and it is worth every bit of the 2 hour drive.

    What a huge disappointment from Whole Foods. They have definately lost our business.

  12. I envy those of you who live in states where it is legal to purchase raw milk in stores. I have to get mine from a local farmer (not so bad, from the perspective of supporting local farmers), but it would be so wonderful to be able to buy it in the store.

    If WF were’t about the only game in town, I’d love to boycott them for this decision.

  13. I’ve been in a WF maybe once or twice. There are none near me, so I never got that fever. Plus I was put off by the nickname people who liked the store gave it: whole paycheck.
    I am thankful I live in a state where raw milk is still legal (even if my local store ran out before I could get some last weekend… and I miss it very much). Funny how so few people seem to be aware we were drinking milk without pasteurization for thousands of years without much trouble.
    .-= Soli @ I Believe in Butter´s last blog ..The joy of neti =-.

  14. We didn’t have access to a Whole Foods until we moved back to Georgia. It is far away, and we only went there to pick up things we couldn’t find elsewhere. (The locals call it “Gold Foods”.)

    We raise poultry on pasture, and when I took one of my daughters with me, they read aloud the blurb on the wall about Whole Foods’ poultry. My daughter said, “Momma, if you read between the lines, that sounds just like industrial grown chickens!” She was right!

  15. This is very disappointing to hear! I have seen the slow decline of the quality of whole foods, and have noticed how much conventional produce they do sell. I have been very careful ever since the story came out about the frozen vegetables coming from China. I will definitely be looking for a different source of our family’s food, and that’s a big loss for whole foods, because we spend a significant amount every week just on food. They better get their act together!

  16. Glad to hear you won’t be supporting Whole foods. Hearing about this made me angry and wonder who are Whole Foods playing to? It’s like they’re sucking up to the government, trying to get brownie points for promoting this ‘raw milk is dangerous’ shpeal.

    I don’t have Whole Foods here but if I did, I would boycott.
    .-= Kat´s last blog ..My Real Food Sources =-.

  17. I lost my love for Whole Foods long ago. I’d rather shop at Safeway. At least they don’t pretend to be a peddlar of whole foods while selling mostly boxed junk food and white flour products while coooking all their prepared food in soy oil.

    It’s probably best for the raw milk farmers at least, to remain on the fringes where their prices will not be perpetually undercut by large corporations.

    But raw milk is awesome, and you’re going to see me writing about it a lot in the near future.

    In all fairness to Whole Foods, I did get one hell of a bad case of campylobacter from raw milk one time! Ha! I ain’t mad at it though!
    .-= Matt Stone´s last blog ..Weekly Video Roundup =-.

  18. Don’t hate me Ann-Marie. I will always believe that having raw milk in any grocery store, gas station or WF is a really, really bad idea. I think raw milk drinkers should have to sign a contract and have a cow share. You’re less likely to sue if you’ve signed a contract or know your farmer personally.

    We Americans will try to get money any way we can and that means suing small dairy farmers because we THINK we got sick from raw milk.

    Seek out your farmer, visit the farm, know your farmer.

    I love raw dairy products and I NEVER want that right to get raw milk taken away because people start blaming raw milk for their ailments.

    PS – My dairy farm (Colorado) just got notice that they are no longer allowed to sell raw cream, raw whey, raw yogurt or raw butter. They can only sell raw milk and aged cheese. I’m furious of course.

  19. I tend to avoid Whole Foods when I can (although it is irritatingly convenient for quick pick up compared to our local co op). When I first noticed WF had stopped selling raw milk in WA I talked to a clerk. She told me it was because of government regulations, although Kimberly Hartke’s blog suggested it had to do with their insurer and issues about that.
    .-= Bonnie´s last blog ..Finding Your Life’s Purpose =-.

  20. wow, i am actually not surprised. but i am a little angry considering we might actually be moving to the los angeles area very soon and i was really looking forward to just being able to walk into a WF and buy raw milk any time i wanted instead of driving out to the farm once a week. i guess i will have to seek out other places that still carry it.

  21. You shouldn’t be drinking milk anyway. Your body doesn’t need it, it’s made for baby cows not adult people and it’s disgusting.

  22. I agree with Michael. WF is bowing to the pressure to fall into line…if you can’t beat them, join them.
    Reminds me of the 70’s movie “The Time Machine”
    Poor WF is being “processed”…….

  23. Amanda –

    I get my raw milk from the Organic Pastures hub store. They have the very lowest prices in LA.

    Here’s the info:

    OPDC HUB Raw Milk Store
    3040 Rosslyn St. Los Angeles, CA 90065
    Cross Street: I-5 and Los Feliz Blvd.
    Neighborhood: Glendale, CA

    They are only open on Saturdays from I think it’s 11-1. Maybe 11-2 actually. Call Organic Pastures for more info.

    What I do is buy milk, butter and cream in bulk, load up my chest freezer, and then I only go up there about once every 5-6 weeks. If I run out, I swing by the farmer’s market (a little more expensive but not much) on Wed or Sat, or go to Rawesome (open those same days). Rawesome does not carry OP milk — they carry milk from PA Amish farms. It’s a lot more expensive though so I don’t buy most of our milk and cream there (we go through a lot).

    I will also go to Rainbow Grocery to buy it — I think it’s about the same price as it is at the farmer’s market.

    It’s ridiculously expensive at Whole Foods so I haven’t actually bought it there in ages. I think it’s like $20/gallon. Or at least it was.

    Anyway what I applauded Whole Foods for was the fact that you could find raw milk in their stores. It was great that other people could see a few jugs of raw milk sitting there on the shelf — next to the many shelves loaded with soy millk and skim organic ultrapasteurized milk — ha!

    It was also nice to be able to buy raw milk at the Whole Foods in Seattle when I would go visit family up there.

    I think it’s a shame that they have made the decision to do this. From what I understand it has to do with their insurance. But that seems fishy to me. What about raw eggs? What about cold cuts? This whole thing stinks.

  24. In my neck of the woods, we have some of the best farmers markets in the US, and there is one about 5 minutes from WF so now I just have to schedule my time to shop when they are open. WF is nice because it is right across the street from me but walking a few extra minutes to the market is no big deal.

    With the exception of meat, that is all WF ever provided me – convenience. Even the milk was a crap shoot because it usually sold out very quickly – so I had to plan a day to pick it up to make sure I got some before it was gone. Not much different than planning a day to pick up some from a drop point for half the price.

    The sad thing is that the other main “natural” food vendor in my area – a COOP – that was around long before WF showed up, has also decided not to carry raw milk after many many years of doing so.
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..Should We Buy Only Locally Grown Produce? =-.

  25. I was at a Whole Foods “look-alike” here on Long Island called Wild By Nature just yesterday and I was thinking the same thing that Matt Just said….where is the REAL FOOD??? I get more Real Food at Trader Joe’s and Stop and Shop than I ever did at these expensive “health food” stores…sad thing is–i went to our local health food store and there was literally nothing on the shelves…looks like the crap at the big store will shut down the one that actually contributed to the community.

    As for milk–i am disgusted!!!! even great products like Ronnybrook milk is up on the shelf not only pastuerized but the only versions they had in those beautiful glass bottles were skim milk and chocolate milk! Can you believe it??? I am getting a milk subscription next month because not only cant I get good milk, I cant find good yogurt either!!!
    .-= oystergirl´s last blog ..Its all for the birds! =-.

  26. I agree with the comment about not agreeing with WF having raw milk to begin with. I support a local farm through a coop and we all know each other and have to partake in going to the farm several times a year. It really makes you appreciate it. I think all milk should be raw, but I doubt that would ever happen in corporate America where there is big money in those huge confinement dairy factories. You definitely could not sell that milk raw because everyone would get sick from it! We need to support local farms and definitely get to know the farmers who have put their lives into supporting quality milk. My fear is that companies like Organic Pastures will become too big and then the quality will go down. We need more than one dairy farm like them all over the country.

    I have noticed that WF doesn’t have that many “whole foods”! They had a lot of conventional produce this last time I was there and I was very disgusted! But I do love that they have sourdough bread, I have only found that on the Nebraska Food Coop. I think if we continue to not buy their health food crap and only buy whole REAL foods, that will speak volumes about what we want to consume. As consumers we have a say in what is on the shelf, unfortunately a lot of people are just sheep.

  27. I’ve been down on WF for a while now. The whole 365 brand- USDA Certified organic- and country of origin -China- thing stuck in my craw, but the final straw for me was the Mackey op ed piece on healthcare reform. I have boycotted the place since!

  28. That is disappointing. We buy raw milk from a local farmer but there’s been a small outbreak campylobacter which freaked me out a bit about it’s safety, particularly since I’m pregnant.

    I can see why WF would discontinue as that would be a huge legal mess if someone got sick.

    I want to continue with raw milk but am a little weary… looks like Matt Stone also had a reaction once to raw milk so it DOES happen.


  29. I am already avoiding Whole Foods. I don’t want to support their low-fat, vegetarian friendly “Health Starts Here” campaign.

  30. Okay, so the quote actually says “all dairy products.” Does that include such staples as yogurt, butter, and cheeses? So many of the imported brands are not pasteurized before they’re cultured/churned. This is why I specifically look for imported cheeses and butters (I make my own yogurt). I wonder if their spokesperson was talking about that, or just raw fresh milk products? It sounds like no…

    I have been becoming more and more disappointed in Whole Foods as it seems they continue to be more commerce-minded than truly whole food-minded. So much of what’s on the shelves is a far cry from whole to begin with–cheese puffs touted as organic does not a healthy snack make. Farmed fish at their deli counters… it’s just not as “healthy” as I remember that it USED to be.

    We rarely find what we’re looking for there anymore, and the last several stores where we have been, we even found the conventional produce above the organic on their wet rack. Most people don’t even realize that this is breaking one of their own standards (and it’s a standard for good reason), but the pesticide residue can be effectively rinsed off and trickle down onto your “organic” produce even when it’s not on a wet rack.

    I must say, though, that they do take care of their associates better than most grocery chains, and with their composting mindset, also relieve much more of the weight off of the local landfills. However, we typically avoid Whole Foods anymore unless we’re wanting some of their gourmet items in their upscale stores (there are a LOT of the upscale versions in the Denver metro area), such as cheese or fancy olive oils. We also will buy their beef after having read that it is pastured from birth until they are loaded onto the truck that ships them to the processing plant, where they are processed using organic measures (“cleaned” with vinegar instead of noxious chemicals, processed before the conventional beef, etc).

    Of course, there are countless other examples of “‘healthy’ gone terribly wrong” in America today: bran, whole (unsoaked/unsprouted) grains & beans, low fat, etc. Thanks for the (sad!) update!

  31. Starting a buyer’s club is a good option if people know enough other raw milk users to make a club. I don’t know what the minimum order is. However, we have a club here in our area. One gal, who owns a little store with a refrigerator, makes the order for all of us each week. And it isn’t just the milk–we get OP’s ground beef every week and cuts of beef can be ordered when available. Also their kombucha, raw almonds, quephor, etc. Anyhow, it makes it cheaper than the stores to do it this way. I think it works out to $13 a gallon, maybe a bit less. Just an idea if there are some folks who completely lost their purchasing point.
    .-= Brandy Afterthoughts´s last blog ..Pasteurized Milk: Not a Whole Food? =-.

  32. Dani – When I shop at WF, I go to the WF/Belmar in Lakewood. I went there specifically to get raw coconut butter because my local Vitamin Cottage doesn’t carry it. I was shocked that they’re were selling farmed fish. I thought I’d buy fish while I was there picking up coco butter. Disgusting.

    I also asked about pastured chicken and the guy looked at me funny and said, “they’re all natural.” Then he went on to explain that I didn’t want pastured chicken because chickens will eat whatever they can and farmers need to control what they eat and if them a vegetarian diet. He was bewildered when I said that chickens needed to eat bugs and worms and that they weren’t vegetarians. The conversation ended after that.

    You may already know this but there’s a indoor farmer’s market on Sante Fe (200 Sante Fe) in Denver. It’s called the Urban Homesteading. You can get raw goat’s milk and cow’s milk. Soy-free pastured eggs, local grass-fed meats, raw cheeses, pasta, bread and other stuff. It’s open every Sat from 9-2. I go every Saturday and get eggs and meat.

  33. it’s too bad about WF. I had hoped one day they would start selling it in Colorado. Tina, I am excited to hear of the farmers market on Santa Fe, I didn’t know it was there. I am in Aurora, but will drive over there to get fresh whole foods. I have been looking into a cow share out in Byers, and I have all the paperwork filled out and was about to send it in finally. I have so been looking forward to the raw cream along with the milk. but above you said that new regulations have said to stop selling that stuff?? I am so frustrated!!

    I will defiately be at the market this Saturday! Thanks for the tip! If ya have any more for me I’d love to hear 🙂
    .-= deanna´s last blog ..weighing in and eating in =-.

  34. I just want to say that I’ve seen your blog listed on many of the sites I read…
    Spent my whole morning reading many posts and love the site 😉
    Learned knew things and found resources I didn’t know about.
    Thank you.

    Big controversy just hit the paper here locally (Naples, FL) about raw milk.
    It’s a crazy thing. I still can’t believe Whole Foods capitulated.


  35. So sad – Ann Marie, I also went to college in Austin in the early 90’s! I actually lived walking distance of the original Whole Foods neat downtown .. back way before it was cool. 🙂 Ah Zilker Park, Barton Springs … I miss it.

  36. Dani – you can email me at tinanseoul@yahoo.com if you have any questions. I do mainly local foods so I can be a good resource for grass-fed meats. I live way over near the foothills on C-470 and Bolwes so I drive pretty far to get the to Urban Homesteading, too. But I definitely think it’s worth the drive to get soy-free, orgainc pastured eggs.

  37. Yeah, the last “health food” store I was in was 50% supplements and vitamins. WTF? I did managed to by some sprouted grain bread, some raw milk cheese and some free-range eggs. Their organic milk was all factory stuff, UHT pasteurized. I got my three items and went to the big box grocery next door for most of what we needed.
    .-= Jennythenipper´s last blog ..George in the Jungle: Green Hell (1940) =-.

  38. I am surprised that no one has mentioned why WF discontinued raw milk. This woman claims to have long term kidney damage due to drinking raw milk bought at WF. I assume this was the catalyst, plus the campylobacter outbreak.

    I realize that it is a cleanliness issue, not a pasteurization issue. But still, it makes sense when bigger retailers get into the raw milk business, it is harder to maintain quality control. Personally I would rather get my milk straight from a farmer I trust. I do have one of those, fortunately, I realize not everyone is so fortunate.

  39. Bummer! I was wondering why raw milk disappeared from the shelves… Grrr.
    .-= Melinda´s last blog ..My Favorite Children’s Gardening Book: Review and Giveaway!! =-.

  40. I’ve never been to Wholefoods. I live in Australia. We have nothing that comes even close here. Whilst I’m sure if I visited I’d feel like a kid in a candy store(for at least the first five minutes) as pointed out previously, it appears to be just another big Stupidmarket.

    Every time you spend your money, you are voting with your dollar. Whilst it’s a shame that the big guys appear to win, I don’t see it as an overly bad thing. I believe it’s opening alot of peoples eyes to make more of a conscious choice on where they may choose to spend in future.

    I see the act of shopping similar to the act of eating food. Most people will choose convenience over quality every time. Though with a little thought about the end result we can make better choices with a little sourcing and planning.

    I can only hope Organic Pastures (oh how I wish they were over here!) continue to thrive, and the little guys (farmers particularly) directly see more of your money. If you demand it, the milk will come!

  41. This makes me so sad. Whole Foods in Texas (where we live) has never sold raw milk, but they do sell Organic Valley’s raw cheeses. Although we buy 90% of our meat, dairy and eggs through local ranchers and most of our produce through a co-op, we still buy hard to find ingredients at Whole Foods on a weekly basis. I hate that they are moving away from the spirit in which they started but there aren’t a lot of alternative retail options here, so I guess it is better than buying at Walmart or somewhere else.
    .-= Mommypotamus´s last blog ..By Loving Her, He Loves a Little Part of Me =-.

  42. Between this and their puch for prople to go vegetarian, I’m over Whole Foods. If only I could find Succanat elsewhere, besides mail order.

  43. I’m boycotting WF and their vegan junk-food agenda.

    They’re removing raw milk because of safety concerns? Dairy accounts for less than one percent of food-borne illness. Produce accounts for 38 percent. Do we see calls to pull lettuce and spinach from the shelves?

    Based on the CDC’s numbers, raw milk was responsible for two deaths between 1998 and 2005 (note: even those cases aren’t substantiated). Does that sound like a dangerous food?

    How many deaths do you think high-fructose corn syrup and other processed carbs are responsible for during that same period? Hundreds of thousands. Yet WF continues to sell plenty of packaged junk. At least it’s “organic”, right?

    We used to shop at WF but we haven’t been back once since they pulled raw milk a while back. I can’t stand the idea of giving them another dollar.

  44. When WF means everything, they mean everything. I went shopping their for St. Marcellin cheese: one of the few French raw milk cheeses you can purchase in the states. One week they had it, the next week? Gone. Response we no longer carry it. No further explanation.

    I typically go there for Ezekiel Bread and Greek yogurt, but I’ll kindly stop doing that and go elsewhere or online.
    .-= Lunch Lady Steve´s last blog ..The 30 Second Game Review: Just Cause 2 =-.

  45. This is actually good news for me since I can walk to the IV Co-Op and buy OP raw milk! I’ve been boycotting Whole Foods since they moved in. Our town doesn’t need them: we have three health food stores (better than WF in my opinion) and a farmers market every day of the week. Who needs Whole Paycheck? However, I realize I am very fortunate, and that this is horrible for raw milk on the political/national scope. Bummer.

    1. glad you can find so many good things so close. I have never shopped whole foods, not sure I will after reading this post.

  46. That’s quite a bummer, but not really a surprise. I only wish I could get raw milk. I currently live in a county in California where it’s illegal to sell raw milk. In sotores or on the farm or otherwise. I cannot even buy a “share” in a cow/goat/sheep and milk it myself as farmers up here are so gunshy to the crackdown. I don’t even have a car, so I can’t cross a county line to get fresh milk! It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?

    The irony is that it’s supposed to be about free choice, but I don’t have much of a choice as a lot of the local dairies are all ultra-pastuerised.

  47. This is annoying to me as well. Although not many of the foods in the store are really “whole” foods.

    I think it’s best for people to find farmer’s to purchase their products from, better for the farmers, better for them, better for the local economy. Cutting out the middleman is always a good thing for both consumers and producers. The small farm we get milk from is setting up a co-op kind of program where they have a few people that will help distribute and get milk to farther away places, works well for those living in the cities.
    .-= Chiot’s Run´s last blog ..Rocks: My Gardening Nemesis =-.

  48. For Californians in the Central Valley who need raw milk you can also go to Kristina’s Ranch Market, or the Farmer’s Market in Fig Garden. In Oakhurst you can get your raw milk and cream at Nature’s Nutrients. I just started my family on raw milk last week! Thank you Cheeseslave and other whole foods bloggers for helping to seal my decision to help my family feel better and my children to grow up strong and healthy!

  49. I used to shop at Whole Foods when I visited my mother in Portland (OR). When it bought out Wild Oats, I was very disappointed. They never sold raw milk since it’s not legal in Oregon to sell it in stores. But we had a talk with the guy behind the cheese counter last year, and he said the raw cheeses were being targeted by the Dept. of Agriculture and were likely to be discontinued soon. He was as disgusted as we were, since Europeans have been eating raw cheese for centuries. Plus, this is an attack on artisanal cheeses, of which there are a lot in Oregon.

    I have no problem boycotting WF, although there are stores here in Washington where I live, none are close to me, so now I won’t bother to try to get to them. I can shop for hard to find things at Marlene’s Deli, but I have a cow share and I get my beef and meat chickens from the same farmer, who is a member of the Weston Price Foundation. I make my own kefir, yogurt, butter, whey, and cream from the milk from my cowshare. My farmer friend makes sure to give me only Jersey A2 milk. Another friend has back yard chickens, so I get eggs from her, and she raises pigs outside on kitchen scraps and pasture, so I get pork and fat from her, so I can render my own lard. I get produce at a local organic sustainable farm CSA, and they have just started with bee hives and making their own honey. I go to Fred Meyer for dry goods only, usually! Although in a pinch, I can get organic produce there, though I know it’s not as good as the local farm.

    Life is good! Who needs Whole Foods and their agenda!

  50. I’m sure someone already posted this but I don’t have the time to go through every post. I talked to someone at Whole Foods today and they said that they discontinued selling raw dairy because the government regulations have gotten too strict. They aren’t allowed to take raw dairy across state lines anymore and they can’t find local sources that will produce enough. At least at my Whole Foods anyways. Whole Foods has it’s flaws but they carry things that I can’t find anywhere else and I think they really do a good job of supplying healthy food. I can get organic produce and grass fed meat there. That is more than I can say about most places.

  51. Very disappointing. I would be afraid to sell it if I was in their position though. Not that I think we should make decisions out of fear.

  52. I understand their concern with raw milk. I used to get raw goat's milk from a friend of mine. Very clean and good milk. I got a bowel infection, and I was so sick I was throwing up for a whole week, and lost 15 lbs. I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time and was afraid I would miscarry. So scary. I had to have intravenous antibiotics and it screwed me up…. It can be really serious, and it does happen. As much as I love raw milk, I don't drink it anymore….

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