Hatcher Family Dairy Whole Milk is pasteurized, but not homogenized. That means, that the cream, rather than being mixed into the milk, will be sitting on top of the jug when you get it home. Some folks scoop this off and enjoy the full cream flavor in their coffee or tea, while others just shake up the jug, mix it in and drink it.
For those of us who grew up in the colder climates where the milkman still came to the house every day, we can remember going to the door on a cold winter morning to see the milk bottle with a little stack of frozen cream coming out the top and with the cardboard lid sitting on top like a hat. That too, was milk that was not homogenized.
When it comes to toddlers and kids, whole milk proves to be the next best option, if the child is not breastfeeding or drinking a toddler formula. Whole milk is a highly nutritious drink and an unsurpassed alternative for babies and toddlers, who need extra strength. For infants who lack a high fat diet, the extra amount of calcium and fat present in whole milk acts as a perfect substitute. The calories in fat help in the growth and brain development of the child. "Eighty percent of brain development occurs in the first two years of life, so you want the fat at that point," says Frank R. Greer, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
The benefits of pasture derived milk, the increased levels of omega 3 fatty acids, flavenoids and beta carotene are attached to the fat. So our whole milk, having the highest fat content, contains the highest levels of these over two percent milk or skim when our cows are grazing lush pasture.
And right atop that taste pyramid is, you guessed it, Hatcher Family Dairy Whole Milk.