Morningland Dairy UpdateSubmitted by farmer on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 02:13
New email from Morningland:
It is with regret that we must announce that, at this point, we are not shipping any cheese. We are sitting in limbo because the state of Missouri is down on us to the point that we can no longer afford to operate.
The Missouri Milk Board and the Missouri attorney general’s office continues to persecute us, and the Howell County judge has thus far refused to recognize our unincorporated, private member association as being separate from the original Morningland of the Ozarks LLC, and although all we have done as an association is to purchase other manufacturer’s raw milk cheese that we distributed to our members, we have been accused of producing cheese without having implemented the costly and unfair changes to our plant that were outlined in the judgment against the LLC in February of this year. We have also been accused of selling the embargoed cheese that still remains in the same cooler in which it has been stored since before August 26th, when the embargo was first implemented.
With only a small amount of members, our association has never yet shown a profit, but we thought that in time it eventually would, and that in the meantime our members could continue to enjoy the benefits of the raw milk cheese we could provide from other producers. Recently, however, we were forced to re-submit a $2,000 bond to show a good faith effort in assuring that the embargoed cheese in our cooler would not be sold. Then we were forced to attend a hearing in Missouri concerning the erroneous accusations described above. Joseph is traveling all over the eastern half of the U.S. with his electrical work and could not attend. I (Denise) and our younger children are living in Ohio temporarily in order to take care of my ailing parents, so we had to spend quite a bit for me to return to Missouri for the hearing. Jedadiah is searching for employment elsewhere. It appears that the Missouri Milk Board and attorney general’s office have no intention of letting up. We have thus far experienced a loss of approximately $450,000, are basically bankrupt, and we must, regretfully, cease shipping cheese to our members for now.
For more information about what is going on with Morningland, check out the following:
For now, you can contact these companies to access raw milk cheese:
For raw cow cheese:
Jason Wiebe Dairy, Kansas, 620-732-2846, www.jasonwiebedairy.com (can also order online)
For raw goat cheese:
Mt. Sterling Creamery, Wisconsin, 608-734-3151, www.buygoatcheese.com (can also order online)
We continue to ask you to do all you can to preserve/take back our right to healthful food! If we do not fight for it, we will find ourselves at the mercy of big business and whatever food they choose for us. Together we can make changes and we can push back the tyranny our ‘keepers’ would inflict upon us.
Last week Joseph saw the following words printed on a rather fancy sign posted at a seafood restaurant in southern Alabama, where raw shellfish is served:
“To Our Guests
There may be risk associated with consuming raw shellfish as in the case with other raw products. If you suffer from chronic illness of the liver, stomach or blood or have other immune disorders, you should eat these products fully cooked.”
Why can we not place a similar disclaimer on our cheese, so that people can make their own choice?? Thus far our inquiry to do so has fallen on deaf Milk Board ears. So we move on and continue this fight.
It will take some doing, but our children and grandchildren’s future ability to eat good food depends on our efforts to fight the senseless, evil tyranny that some would impose to take away such freedom. May our efforts be pleasing to our Heavenly Father and may His blessing be upon us!
Joseph& Denise Dixon and family
An Unpasteurized, Whole Milk Cheese Membership Association