2012 Through 2022
Evolving from a herd share 1 cow dairy in 2012 to a 2 cow dairy in 2015 and able to sell directly to the public without each person owning part of the cow thanks to Wyoming for passing of the Food Freedom Act. All the way to what you see now in 2022, still milking only 2 cows all winter and up to 4 in the spring, with three of our cows dedicated to nursing the calves.
As time changes, so do our policies.
2012 - Herd Share: You paid $100 and signed a cow share agreement. With this, each month you received your "share" in milk and paid what your milk cost in gallons.
2015 - The Wyoming Food Freedom Act made it possible for Diamond S to sell directly to the consumer without a cow share contract. You paid a $25 - $50 dollar bottle deposit, depending on the number of bottles ordered, and picked up your milk in 1/2 gallon milk bottles. The narrow mouth ones. Yes, they look cool and we loved using them! But because they weren't returned per agreements, we ended up with less than half of what we started with within a short period of time. Hence switching to the canning jars we use currently.
Updated Jar Policy in 2022 - Please read!
Because of the amount of customers NOT returning usable jars, Diamond S has to spend much of what would be profit and spent to improve our processes on more and more jars and lids.
So, when purchasing milk from Diamond S Raw Milk Dairy in 2022, here's what you need to know:
With the first pick up, bring double the jars. So say you order 2 gallons of milk per delivery, that's 4 - 1/2 gallon bottles. Bring 8 clean bottles with plastic lids(black fits best and leaks least). We use wide mouth, tall 1/2 gallon canning jars. Your bottles are mixed directly into all the other clients bottles and sanitized prior to filling each week. Bringing them back clean helps us but they are still washed and product names and client names put on fresh each week. Don't send odd sized bottles we don't have the room to store them nor the means to remember what size was yours if it's different.
Why do you bring double jars for your first pickup? Because you will soon take 4 full ones home with you. We will then have the bottles needed for next weeks pickup, and the cycle continues. We shouldn't run out of bottles this way! So please don't forget your jars ever... If you still have 1/2 of one bottle full of milk, don't waste it! Pour the remaining milk in another container and bring us back your jar.
We ask that you do your own bookkeeping. From being responsible for your jars each week to paying on time with your first pickup each month. Responsible customers make life managing a small dairy less stressful!
What happens to the jars if you cease to be a customer? If you purchase products from us for 6 months or more and then leave, I'm sorry you are out 4 of your eight bottles. If you have to move before you get to the sixth month and haven't broken any bottles we will return all your bottles. After six months keeping the extra bottles accounts for the breakage of bottles and/or lids.
Enough updates, time to order!
January 21st is the deadline for February orders! We do accept weekly orders with a Sunday deadline, however these orders are not guaranteed and are completely dependent on supply after the monthly orders are filled each week.
So, order now so you don't forget!