>> Friday, January 8, 2010
Image via WikipediaUpdate, June 2010: Kalisch Farms is not an option for buying raw milk products.
Just a quick review of the Kalisch family farm, a Minneapolis-based CSA where you can get raw, organic milk products, eggs, vegetables (in season), meat, and more. My brother found this farm somewhere, but I have found their link on the Raw Milk Locator page on RealMilk.com as well.
My first reaction, which was as of this writing a few months ago, to finding the website was to scour their site for offered products, read about their farm and user reviews, and to check out the pictures of happy cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, and other animals in their "Pictures from the Farm" album.
If sometime I get the chance, I'd love to take this fact-finding a bit further and actually go visit the farm, to see it in person, as I believe that to be an important part of the Psychic Lunch idea: knowing what you eat. Until then, the photos and other users opinions were enough for me to try them out, and I'm glad I did.
So from experience and as far as I can tell, the quality of the products is top-notch. I have faith that what I order and eat from the Kalisch family is healthy and clean. I do feel the need to voice some criticism, because there are a couple of things that should (and, I suspect or hope, will) change at some point:
Ordering from the website is at first unintuitive, because there actually IS no order form. You just email (farmer) Kalisch directly and tell him what you'd like to pick up and where. Their dropoff day is usually Thursday but it can change depending on holidays or perhaps other issues. There are several locations that Jay will drive to for a dropoff. Once you've gotten your first order, you can also ask to set it up so that you can be called with the dropoff time. Bring cash - preferably exact change, and double-check the website occasionally to make sure the price hasn't increased on you without your knowledge. That happened to me once! [update: I have since learned you can write a check.]
Once in a while, perhaps as a result of the ordering process being messy or just by accident (who knows?), orders will not actually come in. The first time I ordered, one of the products I requested wasn't delivered. One time, my brother's order never appeared, and I have seen other customer complaints on their website regarding this kind of thing happening as well.
All in all, I think that as time goes by their order and delivery process will improve to match the excellence of their products and despite all the negatives even at this point, I still recommend Kalisch farm as a good source of real food.