Where The Cows Come Home


 New Yorkers may get our water from upstate reservoirs, but did you know that the milk that most of us drink is from Queens?  Elmhurst Dairy, New York City's oldest and largest milk supplier, has been in Jamaica for over 100 years.
   Now, one of Elmhurst’s subsidiaries, Mountainside Farms, has just introduced UltraPure milk, which is hormone- and antibiotic-free, but without the much higher price that most organic milk commands. UltraPure is specially filtered, so it lasts longer than conventional milk, and costs only about 45 cents more per half-gallon than regular milk.  The technology purports to make the milk purer and better tasting.

   Mountainside Farms milk comes from family farms in the Catskills region of upstate New York.  Elmhurst Dairy is itself a family business; it is still owned by the Schwartz family, now in its fifth generation of running the dairy.
  UltraPure comes in skim, low fat, 2%, and whole milk varieties; there is also a chocolate milk. The products are sold at Gristede's, Food Emporium, A&P, Foodtown, D'Agostino and Associated Supermarkets.  There is also a product locator at www.mountainsidefarms.com/productlocator.html.
   For more information about Elmhurst Dairy, call (866) NYC-MILK.

Mooving on …
   According to a recent study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolis, chocolate milk is an effective recovery aid after exercise.  When athletes drank chocolate milk after an intense period of exercise, they were able to work out longer and with more power during a second workout — compared to when they drank a sports drink.  High protein, carbohydrates and potassium all help to replenish exhausted muscles after exercise. For more information on the effectiveness of chocolate milk as a post-exercise recovery aid, go to www.2424milk.com.

Not passing it on!
   We know about pregnancy test strips.  Now there’s a product for testing alcohol in breast milk — Milkscreen, available in supermarkets for around $13.
   Test results take two minutes. Alcohol is detected if the color on the test strip changes color, alerting Mom that she should switch to formula for a while.  For more info: www.milkscreen.com.