Not being able to shop at the grocery store or at local farmstands with the frequency we’re used to has led to big changes in our shopping habits. One of which is a rediscovery of old-school home milk delivery in Oregon, in which the milkman makes deliveries of milk, eggs, and other dairy staples right to your door. While this service may have seemed like a thing of the past, COVID-19 has inspired old-school home milk delivery in cities across the country, including Oregon.
For some people home milk deliveries raise nostalgic notions, perhaps from a childhood memory. For others it’s a health imperative. Those people who need to avoid public spaces like grocery stores and farmers markets are finding milk and pantry staple deliveries more important than ever. And the nostalgia is just a bonus.
Check out these Northern Oregon companies making dairy-to-doorstep milk deliveries.
Milk Run is serving the greater Portland area from North Portland to Canby, and parts of Hillsboro to Gresham. And it’s not just milk, eggs, yogurt, butter, and cheese! They’ve put together produce from local farms, baked goods, meat and seafoods, beverages (like coffee and kombucha), dry goods, prepared foods, and even pet products.
Even if your ZIP code is not on their service map, sign up anyway. The more subscribers they get in a ZIP code, the more likely they are to expand into that area. They offer free delivery with $35 minimum orders.
Bennett Family Farm
Bennett Family Farm provides a cooler for delivery of their milk, chocolate milk, and eggs. Just put your empty bottles back in the cooler on delivery day, or return them to a retailer that sells Bennet Family Farm items.
Bennett Family Farms delivers to homes and businesses all of Tillamook County, which includes Bay City, Beaver, Cloverdale, Garibaldi, Hebo, Idaville, Manzanita, Mohler, Nehalem, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tillamook, Wheeler.
Alpenrose is a heritage dairy farm outside of Portland with roots that stretch back more than 100 years. After a 40 year hiatus they are once again delivering milk and more to their neighbors’ doors.
Delivery is always free when your order is $15 or more, and it’s not hard to fill that minimum when you can choose from a range of dairy products along with dinner ingredients, specialty products, baked goods, meat and seafood, and more. All fit snugly into a personal “porch box” that holds customers’ weekly deliveries.
Select products for weekly standing orders, or sign up for a one-time delivery. There are no required service fees, subscriptions or contracts.
If there are local farms in your area, check with them because they may be encouraged to implement a milk delivery program if enough people inquire about it.