We were tending to buy either Margaret River Organic milk or Bannister Downs milk before the challenge. I love that both of these are small Western Australian farms that I am able to support. ONe of my dilemmas here is that Margaret River sell their delicious organic milk in 2 L plastic bottles.
I like to buy the Bannister Downs milk as my local supermarket regularly stocks this, and I like the thought behind their packaging. Bannister Downs have recently brought out a pasteurised only milk in glass bottles, and I was thrilled when I came across one of these at the Jude Blereau cooking demo, so after contacting the dairy I found that a local shop was stocking this. I was a little disappointed though to find that it was being sold for $4.69 for 750 mL, a 70c markup according to the dairy. My son could go though that amount of milk in one sitting so financially this isn't really an option. Another Western Australian company, Sunnydale, is selling milk in glass bottles but the same shop is selling these 1 L bottles for $4.99.
Brownes is probably the biggest collector of milk in the state. This company have been around for over 100 years and they sell milk in a variety of sizes and either plastic or cardboard. Harvey Fresh is another collector but they only seem to use plastic bottles.
I try not to buy milk from the eastern states, not because I don't want to support the farmers there, but I don't see why I should be paying transport cost across the country when we have the product here.
The big supermarket brands are not even an option after the milk war.
After years of buying low fat milk thinking that this was a better option, we are now back on to full cream milk.
So here's the dilemma.
- Do I buy milk from small farms even though their milk is in plastic?
- Do I buy milk from the big collectors because I can get it in 1 L cardboard cartons?
- Do I buy organic milk even though it in plastic?
- Do I buy pasteurised only milk in plastic?
- Do I buy milk in glass bottles even though it is $5 a litre?
What do you think about when buying milk?