Raw Milk: Sampling Vs. Buying in Denver
James Bertini, found of the Denver Urban Homesteading Market, recently ran into a problem while giving away samples of raw milk at his Denver location. Colorado law requires raw milk patrons to buy a share and sign a waiver with specific dairy farms before purchasing raw milk, but there's a gray area when it comes to handing out samples where no money is exchanged. The idea behind the sampling was to expose new consumers to the flavor of raw milk, but this didn't sit well with the Denver Health Department.
Historically, Colorado consumers were unable to obtain raw milk due to safety concerns. But in 2005, the state legislature passed a measure that allows consumers to purchase a share of a cow or goat, and these shareholders can receive raw milk directly from a dairy farm. Shareholders must sign a contractual agreement, acknowledging that raw milk is not a regulated product and stating that they will not hold the milk supplier liable if there is a health issue. But the legislation is silent on the issue of providing raw milk samples to non-shareholders.