Our Product of the Week is Desert Farms, a dairy farm founded in 2014 that boasts nature’s most health beverage: camel milk. “At Desert Farms, our mission is to promote camel milk as nature’s most wholesome dairy beverage, so you can get over the hump, when you need, naturally.”
The company began when founder Walid visited his family in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia,. There,, a friend offered camel milk, a beverage you could only buy from local Bedouin Nomads and merchants. Walid was inspired by this product and knew he could use it to make an impact on the health of people around the world.
Walid moved to California, a place where people valued a healthy lifestyle and were crazy on the latest health trends, to start a camel milk companyAfter selling camel milk at mosques and ethnic food festivals, Walid’s business plan won the Marcia Israel Award from USC.
In the Midwest, Walid came upon a small, hardworking Amish community and was immediately hooked. “Networking through social media just isn’t the same as teaming up with neighbors to build a barn,” he says. “If you ask an Amish farmer why they’re successful, don’t expect a lot of soul-searching or reflection on what they do right—the Amish will likely pin the praise on anyone else but themselves.”
Camel farming traditionally is trending in places like Germany, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and so many more places. Early US demand came form people who wanted to use camel milk to help boost their immune system, through the creation of ‘good bacteria” in the digestive system.
Desert Farms is committed to local farming communities and families across America. All camels are pasture-raised, and specifically designed to highlight the proud heritage of American farmer families and meant to support local farms, with an average of 6 camels per herd. Some examples of suppliers include Noah and Rebecca’s Farm, the Lakeview Family farm, Dallas’s Camel Dairy, Aaron and Katie’s family farm etc.
“Each bottle is milked, bottled and packaged at the farm to ensure the delicate camel milk is not exposed to contamination.” Says Walid. “Our camel milk is not and will never be shipped to a third-party contractor for bottling. We try to limit the number of people dealing with your products to ensure freshness and purity.
With Desert Farms’ help, farmers don’t have to worry about sales and marketing, so they can spend more time in the field, creating more milk production, better tasting milk and a high income level.
‘It’s also nice to know that the farmers treat their camels very well, often living very close to them and spending hours per day on their care.” Says Walid ‘We observe and encourage humane animal treatment, and are glad to help preserve our country’s natural resources and biodiversity.”
The product line includes frozen camel milk, camel milk power, camel milk kefir (a middle-eastern beverage), hump fat, and camel milk soaps..
The milk contains no added hormones and comes from grass-fed hormones with GMO feed. No rBST, rBGH, and GMO free. This results in fresh, natural, and healthy milk that many families want for their dinner table. The milks pasteurized at a low temperature to maintain the fabulous flavor of camel milk, as well as destroy any harmful pathogens, while leaving valuable enzymes untouched. The milk is also non-homogenized to allow a natural sweet flavor, a sweet texture and to make better fairy based foods.
The end result is a beverage that has been found to be rich in vitamin B, E, Zinc, Potassium, Protein, Phosphorous, Calcium. In many cases, Camel Milk tastes like regular milk: smooth, light, sweet and clean. The milk itself is great for cooking and baking, as a complement to coffee, with a meal to help control your appetite, before workout to build stamina and as a low-calorie, tasty desert.
Since there are less camels in the United States than cows, as well as less camel breeding technology, the price of camel milk is a bit higher than the price of cow milk. Milking camels produce around 5-6 liters a day. Taking into account farm rent, pasture, veterinary care, workers, expenses are quick to add up.
Frozen Camel Milk (16 oz) – 18 dollars
Camel Milk Powder (200 grams) – 74 dollars
Camel Milk Soap – 28 dollars