October 13, 2013
By October 31 Black Hills Milk, the Belle Fourche dairy farm, will no longer sell raw milk in its Spearfish store or at Breadroot Co-op in Rapid City. State raw milk rules, shifting weather patterns, and cows currently not giving much milk have led to this decision.
As an alternative to city deliveries of raw milk, owners Dawn and John Habeck are offering herd shares. Individuals can buy a share of the Habeck Holstein herd and receive a share of the milk produced. Since people are, in effect, getting raw milk from their own cows, state rules governing the raw milk do not apply.
The Habecks will be selling some of their Holstein cows to people who can care for them on their own property and set up their own herd shares.
For those who wish to purchase high quality milk not produced in mega-barns, milk from the Burbach Farm is available at Dakota Thyme restaurant at Main Street Square in Rapid City. Dean and Lisa Burbach run a family farm in Hartington, Nebraska. The milk is pasteurized and homogenized on the farm and sold in returnable glass bottles. Their cows do not receive artificial hormones.
The Burbachs are now bottling non-homogenized milk for Black Hills Milk. It is available at the BHM usual outlets for $4 a half-gallon plus a $2 bottle deposit.
For more information contact Dawn Habeck at email@example.com or 605-645-9329.
March 8, 2013
Black Hills Goat Dairy
Licensed and family-owned dairy providing raw goats milk. Available for purchase on Thursdays in the parking lot of Breadroot Co-op, 130 Main Street, in Rapid City. Advanced orders are recommended but not required. Advanced orderes accepted until noon Thursday.
February 23, 2013
Black Hills Milk
John & Dawn Habeck
Belle Fourche, SD
Selling raw milk, local cheese, organic eggs, and grass-fed beef. Two locations to serve you better!
-Rapid City at the Breadroot Co-op (look for them in the back of the store) on Tuesdays 9-6, Thursdays 12-6 and Saturdays 9-6.
-Spearfish at the red farmers market barn next to the Crow Peak Brewery. Open Monday through Saturday from 8:30am-6pm.
December 8, 2012
Dawn and John Habeck speak to a group of supporters at a recent fundraising event.
Black Hills Milk, the only remaining dairy farm selling cows milk in our area, continues to provide local milk despite multiple setbacks. Owner Dawn Habeck is now selling her raw milk and grass-finished beef at the Breadroot Co-op, 130 Main Street, in Rapid City. The milk will be available from 9 am to 6 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
Milk customers should enter Breadroot from Main Street and go to the back room sales area. The Breadroot board has offered Dawn this space at no charge.
Breadroot Co-op sells organic foods sourced locally and elsewhere. Members get a discount, but you do not have to be a member to purchase their produce, bulk grains, and other products. You can read more about Breadroot here.
For more on the history of milk sales in West River click here and here.
February 19, 2012
Dimock Dairy Co-op
Established in 1931, Dimock Dairy is the oldest cheese plant in South Dakota. Dairy cows are not treated with growth hormones and cheese is free of fillers. Dimock products can be found in Belle Fourche (DakotaMart/Pamida), Custer (DakotaMart/Pamida), Hot Springs (Coffee Cups/DakotaMart/Sonny’s Super Foods), Lead (DakotaMart), Philip (Coyle’s), Rapid City (Don’s Valley Market/Smith’s Liquor Gallery/Cutting Edge Meat Market/Dee Holmberg), Sturgis (DakotaMart) and Vivian (Coffee Cups).