Have you ever wondered where the milk you bought in the grocery store came from? Did you know that it’s really easy to find out?
Most dairy products have a plant code stamped right on the container, or printed on the label somewhere. This is a gallon of skim milk from IGA. This milk has an IGA label, not a brand label.
The plant code on this gallon of milk is 17-255. I went to the website Where Is My Milk From? and entered my code.
This gallon of milk is from the Prairie Farms Dairy in Olney, Illinois. Olney is only 60 miles away from Princeton!
So what about this sour cream from WalMart? The plant code here is 17-214.
The Great Value brand sour cream is also from a Prairie Farms Dairy, but this one is in Carbondale, Illinois. Carbondale is a little farther away from me, about 120 miles, but still pretty close!
This is my new favorite thing… Greek yogurt from Yoplait. Yum! The plant code on the yogurt is 55-53.
This yogurt is from Schreiber Foods in Richland Center, WI. Richland Center is 475 miles away, so it’s getting a bit farther, but it’s still only 2 states away!
Look for the plant code on your milk. It will always start with a 2-digit number (like 17, or 55 on my containers). The plant code usually (but not always) has a hyphen, and then a 2 to 5 digit number after the hyphen. Where Is My Milk From? has some other tips on how to find your code.
Enter the code from your milk (or whatever dairy product you have handy) into the Where Is My Milk From? website. Let me know where your milk is from, and how close it is to you!