By Jan Sevene, Monadnock Localvore Project
Revised by Laura Keir
Flying Cloud Dairy
426 Hill Road, Alstead, NH 03602
William “Bill” Jahos
The “Hill” in the address gives away its location. A quintessential New England farm, Flying Cloud Dairy is situated atop one of Alstead’s pleasing rolling hills, making a visit most pleasant.
Here, owner Bill Jahos milks thirteen cows – mostly Jerseys and one Ayrshire. They produce his quality organic raw milk. Sold in half-gallon glass bottles, it can be picked up at the farm and at a few other sites- Orchard Hill Breadworks in Alstead, Nature’s Green Grocer in Peterborough, and Hannah Grimes Marketplace in Keene.
“The farm does have cream and other farm products available, upon request,” he says. Jahos encourages customers to inquire about other products. If you know what you want, he will tell you if he can fill the order.
Farming for twelve years, he has worked toward converting to organic. Today, the farm’s crops and livestock are all certified organic. But there is more. What makes Flying Cloud Dairy really stand out? Jahos eagerly answers, “My cows are 100 percent grass-fed. No grain. That is important to my customers.” The Flying Cloud herd grazes on pasture during the warmer months and eats baleage and dry hay through the winter. While the cows produce less milk than if they were on a grain diet, Jahos says, “It seems to me the cows are put here to eat grass….to add supplements just for production needs doesn’t fit into my philosophy.”
Support another local farmer, who works hard so that his customers can enjoy the benefits of healthy local products. Get to know Bill Jahos. Give him a call, visit the farm, and ask to be included as a regular on his list of well-cared for customers.
5 thoughts on “A Look at Flying Cloud Dairy”
Best raw milk in the Monadnock regions!!!
Posting from Hannah Grimes Marketplace Manager:
Many people who come to Hannah Grimes Marketplace are surprised to see raw milk for sale. Read her post: http://www.hannahgrimes.com/marketplace/2011/03/28/raw-milk-2/
I just tried this milk and it is really delicious! It reminds me of when I was young, in the 1960’s, before factory farming (yuck!), when I had a friend who lived on a dairy farm and we had fresh milk. Raw milk is so much healthier than pasteurized milk, in my opinion. And it’s so important that the cows are humanely treated. Thank you Flying Cloud Dairy!
Thanks for sharing your experience Kathy!!!
Flying Cloud milks one of the best breeds (in my opinion) – Jersey
– with higher avergage butterfat and milk solids than those big black & white cows
– feeds them on 100% forage, as these cows were designed to do
– gives them natural trace-mineral salt & kelp to supply trace and micro nutrients missing from most soils
– farm in a way that is beyond sustainable, but increased the fertility of the land with each passing year,
– is Certified Organic
AND they bottle their milk in GLASS! No yucky plastic containers to spoil the wonderful flavor, or transfer synthetic chemicals to their wonderful, ‘fresh-squeezed’ organic milk!
A nutritional bargain, and a real treat in flavour, too. Support your local farmer! Let’s keep those cows employed producing wonderful high quality food for us, while they help the eco-system through their natural interactions with the plants & soils.