La Crme de la Milk

The original farmhouse in idyllic West Marin.
Courtesy Photo

What happened to the cool, frothy milk Timmy and Lassie enjoyed on the farm? If you’re willing to spend a little extra-plus the $1.50 refundable deposit on the cool glass bottle-Straus Creamery ( offers the best moo juice that’s ever soaked a cookie. Straus is family run, organic, kosher, and reminiscent of a time before rBST, factory farms, and plastic jugs. Fifty-five million milk jugs end up in California’s landfill each month, but Straus reuses each glass bottle an average of eight times, preventing an estimated four million pounds of trash so far. The quality of their products keeps those bottles moving, too. Their whole and 2 percent milk is heavenly, with a decadent layer of cream on top as thick as a pat of butter. It’s as wholesome as milk has ever been. Find it at Tri-County Produce, Lassen’s, Gelson’s, Lazy Acres, or the Isla Vista Food Co-Op. Cookies sold separately.


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