Texas farmers to sell raw milk at farmers markets under new bill

From Heather Nolan at Beaumont Enterprise.com:

Kelvin Edwards refrigerates dairy products made from raw milk at the Pure Milk Farms in Winnie. Edwards sells the dairy products to visiting customers, but hopes for the state's approval on a proposed bill that would allow him to sell the goods at farmer's markets. Guiseppe Barranco/The Enterprise Photo: Guiseppe Barranco / Beaumont

Pure Milk Farms owners Kelvin and Yolanda Edwards – self-described city folk with no farming background – have been in the raw milk business since 2007, when they started milking and selling with only one cow.

They moved from their 10-acre farm in Alvin to a 30-acre farm in Winnie in March 2009 and have since expanded their herd to 20 cows, one bull and close to 40 chickens.

Several customers regularly visit the Edwards to purchase raw milk, but the couple would like to expand their business. Right now, state law will only let them sell it on the farm.

A bill proposed by State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, would do just that, allowing farmers to sell raw milk at farmers markets, fairs and other events. They also would be allowed to deliver milk to their customers.

Read more: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/default/article/New-bill-would-allow-raw-milk-to-be-sold-outside-1327770.php#ixzz1JDEpTjlv

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