1871 Dairy | Local. Grassfed. Delicious.
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FARMER-CONSCIOUS

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Our goal is to empower farmers and allow them to live happier lives. We care greatly about the wellbeing of these individuals and want to make the process as enjoyable as possible. Happier farmers make for happier cows and thus a better overall product.

PRODUCED LOCALLY

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Chicago was once the pride of the dairy industry, with over 200 milk bottlers around in 1910. Since then, dairy farmers have migrated to other US regions, which has also affected the quality of milk production. By keeping things local we can control factors that big business dairies tend to overlook.

THE HIGHEST QUALITY

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We strive to bring you and your family the most healthy (and most delicious) product possible. When drinking our milk, you can be confident that its journey to your glass was well cared for.

OUR COWS
ARE
GRASS-FED

 

We want to do milk right, from start to finish. We didn’t set out to achieve trendy food labels. But as a byproduct of our pursuit of good milk, we can label our dairy as grass-fed and organic. We will only offer grass-fed milk because we know it is the best.

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WE ALL HAVE
CHOICES

Choose the one that is best.

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Milk done right makes for healthier bodies, happier cows, more empowered farmers, cleaner water, richer soils, and more connected communities. 1871 Dairy strives to ensure that your milk is fully good.

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OUR
MILK IS
LOCAL

We’re bringing the dairy industry back to Chicago.

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Cows once grazed the prairies of the Midwest, now, the milk industry is overtaken by big business dairy farms that prioritize efficiency and high-volume over the health of the cows, the quality of the product, the wellbeing of the farmers, and the benefit of good milk to those who drink it.

You may remember 1871, Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, and the legendary fire.

Apart from the legend about the cause of our great city’s destruction, Chicago has had a long legacy with cows. Back in 1910, there were over 200 milk bottlers in Chicago proper.

OUR PROCESS
IS VALUED

How do you want to get your milk?

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The quality of the milk you drink depends on the care taken in each step of the process. It matters how the soil is managed and what the cows eat. It matters how the farmers are treated and how the cows are treated, whether the herd is pushed for higher volume or better quality. It matters if the milk is pasteurized for longer shelf life or for richer content and flavor. How sustainable is the entire process from the soil to your refrigerator?

 

1871 Dairy takes all these factors into consideration, bringing you milk that benefits everyone – the cows, the farmers, and the community.

If you follow the trail your milk has traveled, are you sure you would be excited about pouring it into your glass?

 

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1871 Dairy’s milk is deeply good at every point in its journey, so that you can feel confident that the milk you drink is fully good, so that you can fully enjoy.

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