So it's a little sad that this leaves Mat-Su Valley farmers without an outlet for their milk. The Northern Lights Dairy in Delta says it can't purchase all of the milk that Mat Maid will no longer be using, and so it seems likely that some dairy farmers will be driven out of business. Perhaps we could start a petition to save Mat Maid!
Also, Mat Maid purchased a substantial portion of its milk from Outside dairies, and the taste of Mat Maid's milk wasn't much (or any) different than milk from Carrs/Safeway's Lucerne brand or Costco's Wilshire Farms/Kirkland Signature brand. Interestingly, in Fairbanks you can buy Northern Lights Dairy milk which is entirely produced from Alaskan cows, and in a self-administered blind taste test, I could definitely discern a difference between the Lucerne brand and the Northern Lights Dairy brand--it tasted much richer, creamier and fresh than the imported-from-out-of-state stuff.
The Northern Lights Dairy only sells milk to Interior stores. Perhaps they can be enticed to expand their operation to buy milk from the Mat-Su Valley farmers and then sell their milk to Anchorage. As long as it's made entirely from in-state dairies and retains that fresher taste, I would gladly pay 25% more (or maybe more) for milk from them than buy the bland stuff from Outside producers.