What it is: Whole milk that is not homogenized, so the cream floats to the top instead of being dispersed throughout. It is also organic and new to this brand. Where is it produced...

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What it is: Whole milk that is not homogenized, so the cream floats to the top instead of being dispersed throughout. It is also organic and new to this brand.



Where is it produced? Though the company is based in Wisconsin, Organic Valley says this milk comes only from Northwest cows and is sold only here.



Why now, why here ? A spokeswoman said there is growing interest in less-processed foods, including milk, among some consumers. She said this is especially true in the Northwest. Cream-on-the-top milk — once the only kind available — also has nostalgic appeal to some.



Where is it sold? Primarily at PCC Natural Markets plus a few smaller, independent stores.



Is it the only such product? No. At least one other, from Norman Brook Farm of Snoqualmie, is available locally, also at PCC stores.



Uses: You can shake the jug to mix the cream into the milk or skim it off the top for a rich addition to coffee, cereal, fruit, etc.



Possible drawback: Because this is whole milk, it contains all of whole milk’s fat, so it may not be a good choice for anyone trying to trim fat intake.



The chart compares the fat and calories in a cup of this product with those in the same amount of lower fat milks.



Judith Blake, Seattle Times staff writer

























Cream on the Top 2 percent Nonfat
Calories 150 122 83
Total fat 8 grams 4.8 grams 0.2 grams
Source: Product container and the U.S. Department of Agriculture