Have you jumped on the boycott bandwagon and banned Ting Hsin’s subsidiary milk brand 林鳳營 (unfortunate for the impacted milk producers, who humm, I imagine were not directly involved with the oil snafu), and now feeling like a lost sheep not knowing who to buy milk from?
To remedy this situation, some Taiwanese netizens joined forces and put together a list of independent dairy farms. I’m actually quite surprised at the number of farms out there, having heard of only four out of the eleven on the map, and there exists many many more. As far as I understand it, milk from an independent farm is usually considered as more trustworthy and of better quality because it is produced and packaged on the premises, instead of having it sent to a cooperative where milk from different sources are pooled together. Maybe the former also treats their cows better and gives them better feed, or not, I haven’t investigated that far, so can’t attest to those facts. 😐
Those independent farms usually enjoy a good reputation, and even with significantly higher selling prices, obtaining a bottle from one of those brands can sometimes lend itself to participating in a round of the hunger games. Just try buying a jug of milk from the NTU Dairy Farm 台大牧場, people in the know will swarm in the tiny store whenever it stocks up, and then mayhem ensues for the next few minutes. That’s at least what I’ve witnessed on my visit. 4ways milk 四方牧場 is another dairy brand that I’ve heard of, they’ve had especially good press for upcyling their cow manure, growing their own hay, and producing cheese, yes, Made in Taiwan CHEESE!😍 Last time I ate at Yasaimura, I saw a batch of 4ways bottles coming in, there must have been a dozen (or maybe more), and all except for one had already been called for, that just goes to show its popularity.
I rarely buy milk these days, so I’m not vouching for any brand in particular, but I thought this information could be of interest for the lactose tolerant of you. It’s good to be aware of our choices. Cheers! 😼
This article is sponsored by the Formosan Association for Informed Consumers. 🐻