The benefits of this are enormous, including: the exceptional freshness of the milk; the personal relationship that can develop with the farmer; and of course the relationship that can develop with the cows. It is especially interesting if one can find a farm that produces raw milk - the never touched by human hands milk that goes directly from the cow to the bottle without being pasteurized.
It is also reassuring when cows are eating the grass from the fields that are fertilized with their own manure. From the Spring through to the Fall, the milk takes on a more yellow hue, enabling you to actually see the result of this natural cycle.
My Grandmother's Hot Milk Cake Recipe (This is a hearty cake, not fluffy cake.)
1 ½ cup sugar
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ cup whole milk scalded with 1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
Beat eggs for 5 minutes. Add sugar, beat again. Add everything else and beat until you cannot stand it any longer. (The longer you beat, the better it will be.)
Put in greased 9 x 13 glass pan. Bake at 350 - 375 degrees, depending on your oven.
Start checking after 30 minutes. Baking time varies. Knife in center should come out clean.
It is best with the "Perfectly Chocolate" frosting recipe on the Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa can.
I use as many organic and natural ingredients as possible including our own free range eggs and raw Jersey milk from a local dairy.