With a few caveats in place, raw milk is currently illegal to purchase in 17 states, whereas it is legal to purchase in retail stores in 11 states. Meanwhile, in states like Texas (and 18 other states), raw milk can only legally be purchased directly from the farm. In Wisconsin, the state persecuted Amish farmer Vernon Hershberger and took him to trial; in Texas, the authorities-that-be went after Miller Farms for daring meet (more than) willing customers at pre-paid drop points like local Farmer’s Markets, dumping more than 700 gallons of pure milk (at $7 per gallon) and revoking their license.
Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton decided to take a road trip to a local farm in Central Texas to purchase some of the delicious and empowering raw milk (from grass fed cows). Not only was it a pleasant diversion to the countryside, but a worthwhile chance to put the journey for milk freedom into the context of food politics and the larger awakening.