Raw milk?

My pandemic pastimes are now taking me into making cultured butter and soft cheese. I notice that raw milk seems available in a few grocery stores (at least it says so online), but farms only sell it to you if you own a "herdshare". What is the logic here? Interested to hear your experiences.

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I looked into this a few years ago and I think the herdshare is purely a legal thing. There are a lot of regulations around selling raw milk products in California and the only way to make it feasible for a small farm is to offer a herdshare. I also have to say that a friend of mine gets raw jersey milk from a herdshare in Marin county — and the milk is a million times better than the raw milk from the store (don't ask me why! But my kids would guzzle it down like it was chocolate milk).