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There’s a Subscription for That: Milkman

Samantha Sendor
BySamantha SendorJul 12, 2021 | 4 comments

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There’s a Subscription For That is a new series spotlighting subscriptions the team at My Subscription Addiction finds interesting and is excited to share with readers. 

Few things hold an iconic spot in vintage Americana culture like a good old fashioned milkman. While many of us may not be old enough to remember the crack of dawn delivery made by the man dressed in white, we all know what this doorstep delivery is about.

Although the presence of the milkman had diminished as consumers found it cheaper and easier to buy milk at the grocery store, farm fresh milk deliveries has made a resurgence in popularity for its farm-to-table quality, nostalgic appeal, and eco-conscious properties. If getting your dairy fix from a vintage glass bottle tickles your fancy, you’re in luck– there’s a subscription for that (once again)!

Since milkman delivery services rely on farm fresh quality and flavor, the service tends to be a highly localized business, where milkmen source and deal with dairy farmers directly. Although the service you go with largely comes down to location, there are widespread options across the U.S. and Canada. Drink Milk In Glass Bottles is a consumer resource site that pairs milk lovers with farm fresh milk delivery services close to home, making it easier than ever to find your dedicated milkman.

The process of getting into a recurring milk delivery routine is similar to the olden days (early morning milk drop, leave out empty bottles, repeat), this nostalgic service introduces more modern options to keep at an advantage, making it unlikely to be just another disappearing fad. For most milkmen nowadays, milk is just one of the many products supplied.

At Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, Virginia, select from 15 different flavors of milk, 22 flavors of ice cream, and for the lactose intolerant, there’s a bottled homemade lemonade too. Serving Westchester, New York, The Hudson Milk Co. incorporates produce, butter, eggs, granola, fresh baked breads, and more into its milkman philosophy.

 

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Urbanites need not feel left out either, where companies like Manhattan Milk cater to homes and offices in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and even London. Taking it a step further, this service has white glove Elite Experience and Farmers Butler Experience memberships, where for an annual fee, all of your dairy needs may be met with a dedicated 24/7 concierge (yup!) and other exclusive perks.

The cost and minimums for delivery vary by service and location, but this industry maintains a competitive advantage on the whole. A high standard of quality and reliable service is among the many perks that complement its eco-friendly glass recycling method of dairy trade. Not to mention, it looks just plain cool.

So what do we all think? Are we ready to say goodbye to plastic waste, and bring back the milkman jokes? Let us know in the comments.

Samantha Sendor
Samantha Sendor
Samantha is a two-time zone editor based out of London and NYC, working behind the scenes with the MSA team since 2020. She enjoys making discoveries, whether through her travels to remote parts of the globe, or diving into the latest subscription boxes right from home. When she's not editing or creating content about all the things that make her happy, she can usually be found cooking, painting, fanatically organizing, or simply cuddling up with her daughter Penny.

Samantha Sendor
Samantha Sendor
Samantha is a two-time zone editor based out of London and NYC, working behind the scenes with the MSA team since 2020. She enjoys making discoveries, whether through her travels to remote parts of the globe, or diving into the latest subscription boxes right from home. When she's not editing or creating content about all the things that make her happy, she can usually be found cooking, painting, fanatically organizing, or simply cuddling up with her daughter Penny.
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4 comments

Amanda P

Interesting, I’m from nearby Homestead creamery and they are in all the Kroger stores and big box stores. It’s good but not remarkable.

Claire

I have a local delivery here in NJ. You can order milk, cream, butter, cheese, produce etc. from a farm. You wash out the glass bottles and leave out just like when I was young. Non homogenized milk with the cream on top is just how I like it. Plus this type of milk is so much easier to digest and is how it used to be produced.

Joy

We get milk delivery from the local dairy and I love it! They deliver the day after it’s bottled so the milk is always super fresh. We’ll probably cancel once the kids are grown up and not drinking so much milk but for now it’s a great service for our family.

Jamie

Royal Crest Dairy delivers in the Denver area and I still get a kick out of seeing the boxes on doorsteps!

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