"Tree Share" for Unpasteurized Almonds
In states where dairy regulations forbid consumers their constitutional right to purchase raw milk in stores or directly from farmers, consumers are entering into "cow share" or "farm share" agreements with the farmer.
In a cow share agreement, consumers pay a farmer a fee for boarding their cow, (or share of a cow), caring for the cow and milking the cow. The cow share owner then obtains (but does not purchase) the milk from his own cow. This arrangement is similar to arrangements of owning a share in a racehorse or a bull.
Steven and I have written about the new law requiring the pasteurization of almonds (see Pasteurized Almonds: Not Raw but Raw-ng and today's post by Steven, Raw Almonds: All Fueled Up!)
One of the local farmers that hooked us up in the group nut buy in December will be using a cow-share-like arrangement to get around the pasteurization rule. Customers will be able to "rent a tree" for the season. That way customers own the nuts and can do what they want with them. The rent will be determined by the harvest amount. Brilliant.
As soon as my almonds from the last group buy run out, I will be contacting the farmer about this and will possibly be conducting another group buy. If you are interested in participating, leave a comment so I can get an idea of the number of participants.
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