Home delivery of milk makes comeback

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The days of the friendly neighborhood milkman are no longer just reserved for memories of the bygone era of Norman Rockwellesque communities. Now, dairies from around the country are jumping on the popular farm-to-table movement by selling freshly pasteurized milk directly to consumers.

By providing the freshest milk possible through on-site stores and home delivery services, dairies hope to re-ignite interest in milk and dairy products as fluid milk sales fall to 20.04 gallons on a per-capita basis. Read more here.  

“I know there’s a lot of interest being expressed and there’s a lot of wait-and-see attitude, but people want to buy locally and know where their food comes from. Nobody really knows how strong the buy fresh local movement is, but it seems like it is growing,” Noel Rosa, co-owner of Rosa Brothers Milk Company, said in an interview with the Visalia (Calif.) Times-Delta in a report available here.

Rosa’s Hanford-based dairy is one of the latest dairies in California to jump on the farm fresh wagon. Though the dairy does not offer home delivery service at this time, the dairy has plans to transport milk to a Tulare, Calif., bottling plant where the milk will be sold in glass bottles directly to customers through an on-site store.

Ron Locke, owner of Top O’ the Morn Farms in Tulare, is also marketing directly to consumers. Locke’s dairy is planning to begin home delivery to area residents and also open a drive-thru dairy kiosk.

Locke recently spoke with John Maday, associate editor for Dairy Herd Network's sister site Drovers CattleNetwork, to discuss how his dairy ensures animal health and welfare and its decision to move to home milk delivery.

"We can be in charge of the whole chain -- from the cow to the table. We can guarantee everything in-between," Locke said.

Watch the full interview with Locke here.

Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, one dairy is teaming with Central Wisconsin Dairy Delivery to provide fresh milk to thirsty consumers, according to the Central Wisconsin Hub.  For Tom Lamers, co-owner and sales and distribution manager of Lamers Dairy, home dairy delivery is all about customer convenience while promoting local agriculture. Read more here.

Fresh milk comes at a price, costing up to $3.50 per half-gallon. However, many consumers are happy to pay a little extra for the convenience of home delivery and good-tasting milk in glass bottles. 

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Wisconsin  |  September, 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM

We have to think of why this door to door delivery system went away in the first place. Sure, the price a farmer recieves is higher this way way but eventually the cost of maintaining all of those bottles is going to catch up. There was a local farm that provided milk in glass bottles for many years but bottle replacement and the state department of agriculture, (a state health inspector made a complete pest of himself and stole A LOT of milk for himself. He called it "testing") and of course liability insurance made the practice impractical.

Lancaster Co. PA  |  September, 16, 2012 at 10:41 PM

We have brought the milkman back to our area too. www.DoorstepDairy.com Golden Guernsey milk in glass bottles! Nice article Angela.

North Augusta, SC  |  September, 17, 2012 at 09:19 AM

Start it here and you can sign us up! Maybe add cottage cheese and chocolate milk as options. Glass container milk is definitely better tasting.

York, PA  |  September, 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

We have a home delivery service in York. The name of the creamery is Apple Valley Creamery and they do all glass bottles. We love the fresh taste. If you want quality products and service you can find them at www.applevalleycreamery.com. Very nice article. We are exited for this new trend.

l Pa  |  September, 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM

Why did the door to door milkman go away??? As I recall the door to door milkman ended as the super markets started. The milkman was an employee of the dairy processor. It became more efficient for the processor to make one large stop at the super market. The return of the milkman is entirely different. This is family run farms, marketing their own milk in their own local area. Being their own processor. This "return of the milkman" is profitable for those who choose to MARKET their milk. The rest of you have to settle for what the processors are willing to give you. Good luck!

Wisconsin  |  September, 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM

IT all has to meet the same standards Dave. Milk must be pasteurized and the bottles must be sterilized. The milk must also meet certain butterfat and nutritional content regulations and be labeled as such. Don't get me wrong. I think milk in glass bottles does taste better then milk from plastic jugs. It's nice to think that people can support local agriculture by buying from local producers. It's also nice to think that every farm is this wonderful place where all of our dreams come true. Agriculture, especially dairy, is facing some very serious challenges now. It doesn't matter how you "feel" about your local farmer. That farmer is still getting older on average, the cost of production is still rising, the lack of available of farm labor is hitting a wall. Support farmers? Sure. But more then support is needed. Paying more for what you want is great but money can't buy everything now can it?

Chandigarh  |  October, 25, 2012 at 07:32 AM

Wonderful Put up, very Informative. I was looking for Best Food Delivery Option and Its nice to read your article on Food Services. Appreciated.

Punjab  |  October, 25, 2012 at 07:45 AM

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