When I asked the lady at the farm where I may be able to buy a cow share, she said that the cream would separate from the milk, so it would seem that I would get that cream (which I really, really want). Another farm, to which I am going this coming week, sells milk there, but I don't know about the cream. It will be interesting to find out.
I think that I would be willing to have chickens, but I could not see me milking a cow; maybe if I was starting the family thing; ours are all grown and gone.
It gives me a much better appreciation of how I would 'spend' that cream on any particular recipe -- would need to maximize its use!
Yes, the learning curve of finding things is extremely time-consuming, but once I get those sources in place, I expect that I will just enjoy the whole thing. I think that having to work so hard to assemble all of the ingredients really does increase the loving that goes into the food preparation. Once everything is safely in the pantry, etc., then I can just enjoy preparing and presenting it -- and that, of course, is a benefit which will be enjoyed by those who eat the food.