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Milkman Makes A Comeback In Hampton Roads

oberweisdairy Remember Bergey’s Dairy?  and Yoders Dairy ? Drinking Chocolate milk from a glass bottle ? Well, Milk drinkers lamenting the loss of home-delivered dairy products now have two new home delivery options. !.

As late as 2001, there were those who thought the milkman would forever remain a memory and younger generations would never know home milk delivery. There was solid rationale for such thinking. Home milk delivery had been dying since the 1970s. Americans were drinking less milk and supermarkets were selling milk as a loss leader.

oberweisdairytruck South Mountain Creamery, a Maryland dairy and milk processor, is expanding its home-delivery service to Hampton Roads. Based in Middletown, Md., South Mountain delivers milk in glass bottles, as well as other farm products, to 3,500 to 4,000 customers in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington.

They began talking about bringing service to Hampton Roads after learning that Virginia Beach-based Yoder Dairies stopped home deliveries late last year,

South Mountain sells other dairy products it makes and fresh beef that the Sowers raise, as well as meats, cheeses, eggs, bread, honey and other items from local or regional producers. 

Oberweis Dairy has begun home delivery of glass-bottled milk this week to Hampton Roads..The goods are left on porches in coolers. The bottles are old school glass, and according to one young palate, the milk and ice cream are smooth and rich and good.

Oberweis will truck milk in from their dairies up north every other day or so. And they will also offer home deliver of 110 other items – many of them kosher or gluten-free – including bacon, sour cream, pizza and ice cream, a treat that they promise can survive in that cooler on your porch for about eight hours.

Oberweis Dairy, an 82-year-old family business in North Aurora, Ill., has bought the customer list and hired a few employees of Yoder Dairies, which shut its processing plant and stopped home delivery in December.

Oberweis processes milk from 32 dairy farms in Illinois and Wisconsin. A tanker will carry the products overnight about 900 miles to Hampton Roads and transfer them to delivery trucks to reach local homes the next day or day after, Oberweis said.

Both Oberweis and South Mountain sell an array of products including yogurt, meats and cheeses

I don’t see either company offering delivery to Williamsburg, VA yet but keep checking their websites !

Oberweis dairy: http://www.oberweisdairy.com

South Mountain Creamery: http://www.southmountaincreamery.com

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  1. Homestead Creamery is local to Va. and may be bought at Kroger.

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