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Saratoga, Warren, and Washington County have no shortage of fantastic goods and services to offer! In this podcast, our host Mike Nelson will clue you in on the amazing gems hidden in your very own community!

Season 2, Episode 9

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Chuck and Sarah Curtiss, husband-and-wife team behind the Willow Marsh Farm and storefront! Their fifth-generation farm offers a special option that nobody else nearby yet does – the production and sale, direct to consumers, of raw milk and raw milk products, including cheese, yogurt and more… What’s the deal with raw milk? How is it made? Is it safe to drink? Why do so few farms produce it? Hear the answers to those questions and many more here, in this stellar episode!

00:00 – Intro & Ad

01:00 – Show Begins, Introductions

01:52 – An Introduction to Willow Marsh Farm, and the Curtiss Family

04:07 – Fifth Generation! A History

05:26 – The Government “Helps”

08:00 – Let’s Build a Store

09:15 – Inflation Drives the Public Home

10:04 – Discovering Raw Milk, and Breaking the Myths

14:30 – Pasteurization-Intolerance: Are You REALLY Allergic to Milk?

17:12 – Rediscovering the Good of the Past… And Rejecting Factory Processes

18:41 – Farm Awareness Needs to Spread! Local is Best!

22:09 – The Utility of Cheese Whey

22:46 – Expansion Plans

22:54 – Vertical Integration: Every Piece of the Process

27:00 – Investing in the Future

29:00 – The Best Pigs of All

31:19 – Social Media: The Informative Tool

32:02 – The Horror of Factory Farming

33:21 – The Price of that USDA Stamp

34:55 – Rise Above the Storm

36:29 – Building is Easy… Staffing is Hard

37:54 – “Pig” Stands for Pain In the Gluteus!

39:12 – Misleading Labels: “Organic” and “Farm-Raised” Don’t Mean Much!

41:59 – The Country of Origin Law Really is CoOL!

43:54 – Say No to Greenwashing!

44:46 – Get the Good Stuff: RealMilk.com

47:29 – “We Can’t?”

49:35 – The Bronx Farmers’ Market

50:40 – Where’s All the Chuck’s Cheddar?!

52:11 – There’s Plenty of Room for All of Us!

54:26 – The Cheesemonger’s Eye

55:46 – How to Get in Touch: willow-marshfarmstore.com

56:37 – Closing Remarks

PRODUCTION NOTE: The opinions reflected in this podcast are not indicative of the views of Saratoga Business Report, SaratogaBride.com LLC, Saratoga TODAY, Glens Falls TODAY Business Report, or Five Towers Media.


  • Host

    Michael Nelson

  • Guests

    Chuck & Sara Curtiss

  • Runtime

    57 min, 31 sec

  • Air Date

    May 6th, 2024