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Lighter chocolate milk is made locally

With so much attention to excess sugar and fat in children’s diets, Warren Shaw of Shaw Farm in Dracut knew it was time to make some changes. The 100-year-old dairy farm he runs, with a herd of cows raised without growth hormones, now sells Lighten Up! Chocolate Milk ($1.65 to $2 for a pint; $ 4.19 to $5.50 for a half gallon). It is made with 1 percent low-fat milk and about one-third less sugar than regular chocolate milk. One cup has 150 calories (slightly less than other low-fat chocolate milks), and it’s farm fresh from a small dairy. You can feel good about buying local. Available at Shaw Farm’s store, 204 New Boston Road, Dracut, 978- 957-0031; Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant St., Lexington, 781-862-3900; Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, 978-369-4494; and Kickass Cupcakes, 378 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-628-2877.

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