Is Milk Local?

Short answer: Yes.

Longer answer: Dairy milk remains a consistently local food, even as food supply chains have become longer and more complicated. The majority of milk and dairy products in New England are sourced from the over 1000 family farms in New England or neighboring farms in Eastern New York. While some of our dairy farms bottle and sell their own milk directly, the majority of family farms in our region belong to a co-op and have their milk picked up daily or every other day and it’s sent to a nearby processor. There, it is pooled with milk from other dairy farms in the region, processed, and packaged for the supermarket as fluid milk or turned into other dairy products we love like cheese, butter, ice cream, and yogurt. 

Each container of milk is identified by a 5-digit code. The code includes a 2-digit state code followed by a 3-digit processing plant code. Find out which state your milk or dairy product was processed in by visiting and enter the code on the container.

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