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Raw Milk in Portland, Oregon


My husband and I are being relocated to Portland around the first of September. I'm SO excited because from what I've read and seen so far the city is practically a green mecca. Great municipal water, lots of farmers markets, good recycling and public transit and all that jazz. BUT, it appears that it is illegal to sell raw milk for human consumption in the state of Oregon. I'm allergic to pasteurized milk, and I've grown very spoiled to being able to pick up raw milk from our local dairy here. Am I really going to have to make a 2 hour drive to Washington state each week to get our milk?

Are there any other raw milk drinkers in the Portland area hanging out here? If so, where do you get your milk?


I am a dork. Vancouver, Washington is a 17 minute drive from Portland, according to GoogleMaps, and has raw milk. Thanks, guys!

Any other tips on natural living in the Pacific Northwest? I've never been there before. What's the public transit like?



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May. 10th, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Portland is right across the border from Washington state. It wouldn't be two hours, unless you had to go way out in the country (or lived way south of Portland proper.

In fact, it is perfectly feasible to live in, say, Vancouver, WA, and commute across the border. Lots of people do it.
May. 10th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
IAWTC. I was confused about the "two hour drive" bit.
It's really close, and if you have a choice in where you live, you can live in Vancouver and just cross the Columbia River and be in Portland easy-as-pie.

If my husband I ever moved to that area, we would live in Vancouver because he refuses to live in Oregon (most because of their messed up custody laws).
(Hubby used to live in Vancouver about 10 years ago, and I've been there numerous times to visit and they're definitely close cities.)

Edited at 2008-05-10 06:08 pm (UTC)
May. 10th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
I couldn't believe this was true so I did a litte research.
Here is an article from 05' and I'm sure things have come a long way since this one:

Also here is a site on where to find raw milk in any state:
May. 10th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for providing informative articles.
I learned a lot about the system in Portland.
May. 10th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I know someone who gets raw chocolate colostrum and it's delivered straight to her door. I'm not sure where she gets it from but she's also mentioned getting low-pasteurized milk, raw milk cheese, non-homogenized yogurt and really awesome butter from Noris (they deliver too). I think there are also a few places here to get raw goat milk.
May. 10th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I believe at People's co-op they sell raw milk for "animal consumption."
May. 10th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the west coast, but I have been able to find some very good information on local produce through this site. http://www.localharvest.org/

Edited at 2008-05-10 05:58 pm (UTC)
May. 10th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
No idea
No idea about the raw milk, but I'm moving to Portland in the next few months too! The area up there is great! I've never used the public transit up there (when visiting, no transit near my grandparents house) but I've been told it's really easy to use once you get used to it, just make sure you live near some sort of stop.. I have found trimet.org to be extremely helpful (Its the public transit site for Portland) you can plan your trips and it tells you exactly what stops to get off at/ busses to take/ alternate routes and how much it'll cost! Again from what some friends tell me, some places will cover the trimet costs, some will give you a discount, and there is fareless square in the downtown area.. (check the webbysite :) )
Good luck with your move!!
May. 10th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Re: No idea
ETA: By some places I mean some work places :) Sorry about that
May. 10th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Commenting again because you asked about transit. Portland has about the best transit system I've seen in an American city, other than New York City. The MAX is a light-rail system that goes pretty much anywhere along the east-west axis, and is actually free within the main downtown area (the 'fareless square' as they call it). There are also lots of busses that go north-south. Portland is a pretty bike-friendly city for the most part, as well.

I don't live there but I have friends who do, and if I could find work up there in my field I'd probably move.
May. 10th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
The Portland transit system, Trimet, is great! I don't drive, never have, and honestly don't see myself ever doing so because it's that great and I don't HAVE to drive here.

So far as the raw milk, your best bet may be going to a farmer's market to see if you can find a supplier and grab their contact information. :)
May. 11th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
I'm a PDX native who moved away a year ago to Seattle area. The Transit in PDX rocks, not so much when you get out in the burbs but that's the burbs. It really gets better all the time.

It's really easy to be a 1 car household if you're life is designed that way. The hubbie worked down town so we bought our house on one of the bus lines. I'm really familiar with the SE (south of Burnside, East of the River) in PDX proper.

May. 11th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
Raw milk is legal in Oregon.

Jul. 21st, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
goat milk in nw portland oregon
We are in NW Portland about 15 minutes from downtown

currently getting about 1 1/2 gallons a day of raw fresh goat milk.
$4 per quart or $7 per 1/2 gallon...

shoot us an email if you are interested.
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