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Day in the Life By Ruth Fields Photos by Kelly Sue Photography C Calico Dairy, nestled on a 40-acre enclave off League Line Road, is the crowning achievement of Herman and Kathleen Hoffman, who have lived on the acreage for two decades. The only licensed dairy in Montgomery County, Calico Dairy is unique for another reason—it is the only dairy in a radius of about 100 miles that produces and sells raw milk. A decade ago, the Hoffmans began breeding the superior dairy cows needed for a raw milk dairy. They opened Calico Dairy in August 2012 and proudly serve the many proponents of raw milk who live in the local area and far beyond. (Pasteurization, Herman says, is a throwback to the days when proper sanitation techniques were not widely understood, and when few families had adequate refrigeration. By processing milk at high temperatures, bacteria and other pathogens were eliminated, allowing milk to have a longer shelf life. Unfortunately, “good” bacteria, probiotics, vitamins and minerals may also be compromised during the process.) Devotees of raw milk say it’s a healthy, natural, whole food. “Milk is the perfect food,” Kathleen says. “It has been for thousands and thousands of years.” 16  Postcards Magazine: Montgomery County Edition  |  April–May 2014 Calico Dairy The Postcards team arrives at the dairy in the pre-dawn darkness. Although subdivisions surround Calico Dairy, the acreage is surreally quiet. Cows rest peacefully. We make our way toward the soft light that is emanating from the barn. 6:55 a . m . – Kathleen tells us that Calico Dairy has 21 cows, as well as two bulls for breeding. The name of the dairy was inspired by the patchwork of breeds in use. Some are Holsteins, which provide a large volume of milk; some are Jerseys, which are heat tolerant and provide milk with high cream content; others are Ayrshire, which are noted for the flavor of their milk. The dairy also has some cross-bred cows. 7:00 a . m . – Kathleen introduces us to Fudgie, Cocoa and Caramel, month-old Nubian goat trip- lets, which are friendly and playful. Their mother is milked twice daily. Calico Dairy keeps milk-pro- ducing does away from bucks, which minimizes the strong flavor often associated with goat’s milk. Goat’s milk, Kathleen says, is popular among breastfeeding mothers because it is so similar to human milk. She said some mothers, especially working mothers, supplement breast milk with