After a group of nine Maine Organic Dairy farm families were dropped by their previous milk processor H.P. Hood they banded together to form Maine's Own Organic Milk (MOO Milk for short) and sell their product direct to grocery stores.
The new company has been having a tough time getting their product into stores since forming last year. But recently has had some key successes and gotten national exposure thanks to a piece in the New York Times last week. The young company still needs the support of locals and food lovers who want to buy organic milk and support local farmers.
MOO Milk reminded me of a similar cooperative here in Rhode Island called RhodyFresh which is a group of Rhode Island dairy farmers who banded together several years ago to save what was becoming a dying industry in the Ocean State. Rhody Fresh milk has become a great success and enjoyed tremendous community support.
The farmers in Maine who formed MOO Milk face one primary challenge that Rhode Island farmers didn't have to contend with and that is distance their milk must travel in order to reach a processing center for distribution.
The group is working to overcome these challenges and with the recent addition of their products in Whole Foods stores in Massachusetts they are tapping into a large market.
Photo from the Chase's Organic Dairy Farm in Mapleton, Maine. Chase's is part of the MOO Milk group.