news a lot last year. More specifically its low price. Farmers have been up in arms because they say they are paid barely enough to cover costs.
It'd be easy to blame supermarkets but it is more complicated. Dairies - the middle men between farm and shop shelf - are also to blame.
One farmer's solution is this milk vending machine. How glorious is it? Tucked away in a pub car park in the Cotswolds (The Plough, in cheese-maker Alex James's home town of Kingham) you pay a £1 for an empty glass bottle (a work of art in itself) that gently drops out of one side of the machine. You put £2 in the other side and fill it up with organic milk frm Guernsey cows. It works like those fizzy drink machines at fast food restaurants. My children loved it. The 4yo thought that, because we were in the country, there was actually a cow inside the machine. Perhaps there was, the milk tasted that fresh. Breakfast the next morning was more exciting than normal. We poured it over our cornflakes and all thought it tasted fresher and creamier than normal. It certainly ran out much quicker. When we had to revert to the bog standard supermarket stuff both girls pulled a face. They are asking me to do the 200 mile round trip to get some more. Fat chance of that, but if any farmer is reading and would like to put one in Chiswick, then you are guaranteed my custom.