November 23rd, 2012 by Brian Schwartz – Comments (9)
The lady loved milk. She’d even drink it with steak and potatoes. So when I gave her a glass of Lomah Dairy milk which I’d just bought at Petty’s I thought she’d be thrilled. She took a big swig, her face contorted, she spat it out. “EWWWWW! IT TASTES LIKE MILK!” “Of course it does, it IS milk”, I said. “But,” she gasped, “it’s like milk from a cow!!”
Buy a gallon of Lomah Dairy milk at Petty’s and it is as close as you can come to tasting milk straight from the cow. Lomah Dairy is 200 acres of rolling pasture just outside of Wyandotte, which is as far northeast in Oklahoma as you can go. The owner, Stanley Johnson, grew up on a dairy farm, went to OSU, and then went back to dairy farming. He and his wife own a herd of Jersey cows which, from what I’ve heard, are pampered more than the sacred cows in Hindu temples. They get to roam that huge pasture and play in the streams. There’s a little red barn which is used for making cheese: Monterey Jack, colby, cheddar, gouda and havarti. I haven’t tried the cheese but I’m sure it’s fine.
You can find the milk at some of the farmer’s markets around town, a few stores, and at restaurants like Juniper and Coffee House on Cherry. There’s a store at the dairy, I’ve heard, that runs on the honor system. You take a bottle of milk and leave money in a box if you’re so inclined. I found it at Petty’s in Utica Square. It runs about $6.50 a gallon.
Give it a shake before you pour. This milk is NOT homogenized. It is pasteurized to comply with Tulsa law, but they use VAT pasteurizing, a method which uses low heat and barely affects the taste of the milk. Just taste it! It’s rich, creamy, bursting with flavor and puts supermarket milk to shame. And yes it tastes like milk!
Lomah Dairy (Lomah means Land of milk and honey)
23800 S 690 Road
Brian Schwartz: Author
Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society. www.theomegasociety.com
I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola.
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