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Since 2007, Manhattan Milk has worked to bring the milkman back and scale it up a few notches. Its mission is to bring the nostalgia of the milkman back but with modern high quality “white glove service” and personalized customer care.
Milk comes from Holstein and Brown Swiss cows raised in upstate New York and fed with a combination of grass, non-GMO grain, and corn free of artificial growth hormones. Milk is processed through low-temperature pasteurization and is unhomogenized, so you get rich, cream-on-top milk.
Manhattan Milk services Manhattan and the surrounding area for home, office, and school deliveries, as well as office deliveries in San Francisco, London, and Los Angeles. The company has also partnered with the Farmers Butler as part of a complete health and wellness concierge service that includes a shipment of curated farm-fresh groceries and healthy pantry items.
There is a delivery minimum of around $40 with one- to two-day standard shipping for $20. (There are a variety of other grocery items available to add to your shopping cart to help you meet the minimum).
You can make a one-time order or sign up for their subscription service to get discounts on products. However, if you join as a member for an annual fee of about $99, you will get priority next-day delivery (excluding Sunday), free delivery for orders over $100, 24-hour customer service, plus a Saturday morning delivery option.
Due to the nature of the perishable product and principles behind home milk delivery, farm-fresh, milk delivery companies are generally regionally based.
Drink Milk in Glass Bottles (DMIGB) is a national online service designed to help customers find milk delivery services wherever they live. DMIGB represents a collection of milk suppliers and producers around the country that all offer home delivery of farm-fresh milk—specifically bottled in reusable, refillable, recyclable glass bottles.
Filter the search engine by state and you will see a list of dairy delivery services in your area with company profiles, contact, and delivery information. DMIGB has a total of approximately 60 farms and companies around the United States and parts of Canada featured in its database. (New farms can easily register online).
Pricing will depend on which company you choose to get your milk from.
Massachusetts offers numerous milk delivery services but Crescent Ridge, a family-owned operation that has been around since 1932, is one of the most award-winning. In fact, it has received numerous accolades for its milk and ice cream, including first place for its whole and 2% milk at the World Dairy Expo.
Crescent Ridge has also been recognized for its achievements in maintaining dairy and farmland practices that preserve the New England landscape and have a minimal environmental impact—including glass bottle packaging. All milk is produced in small batches, pasteurized, homogenized, and bottled right at the farm.
Milk is sourced from a local New England co-op from cows that are never given hormones or antibiotics. Whole milk is never skimmed and has about 20% more cream than the federal minimum, making it incredibly rich and flavorful. The finished product is delivered to your doorstep within days of being bottled, giving it superior freshness and taste.
Crescent Ridge services the Greater Boston area, and delivery is offered weekly with roughly a $15 minimum and $4 delivery fee. Delivery is designed to be recurring with the ability to add products and make modifications week-to-week, up until midnight the day before delivery.
Milk, and any other refrigerated items such as their pastured beef and pork which you can add to your order, will be left in a cooler of your own or in the company’s Milk Box cooler (available for purchase).
For those in the Los Angeles area looking for nondairy milk delivery, Mylkman is the first company to offer 100% plant-based "mylk" to doorsteps the old-fashioned way.
Mylkman's Organic Almond Mylk comes in a reusable, refillable, and recyclable glass bottle and is made with fresh, organic cracked coconuts and raw organic almonds. It also offers coconut water and plant-based provisions, including chocolate cups, simple tonics, and vegan gourmet cheese.
All products are dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free, and are made without artificial additives and sweeteners. Mylkman boasts a zero-waste production process that minimizes environmental impact.
Subscriptions for recurring orders are available for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly service. All orders—memberships or one-time shipments—require roughly a $30 minimum.
Mylkman delivers in Los Angeles County every Thursday and leaves your order in an ice-filled cooler (that you provide) if you are not home to receive the delivery. At about $18 for a 32-ounce bottle of Mylkman Almond Mylk, this product is significantly more expensive than store-bought brands. But Mylkman delivers its mylk the day it is made, making the quality of this product stand out from its shelf-stable competitors.
Founded in Illinois, Oberweis Dairy has embraced the idea of the neighborhood milkman and continues to hand-deliver farm-fresh milk door-to-door.
Milk comes from family-owned farms around Wisconsin where feed is grown and harvested for the cows to focus on producing high-quality milk. All farmers who partner with Oberweis Dairy sign a Farmer’s Pledge, which includes the agreement that cows are humanely raised without the use of artificial growth hormones or antibiotics.
Furthermore, no preservatives are added to the milk, which is heated through gentle pasteurization to maintain as many nutrients as possible. Once the milk is processed, it is bottled and delivered usually within 36 hours of milking.
Oberweis offers an assortment of dairy products including nonfat, low-fat, whole, and chocolate milk in a variety of sizes—both traditional and USDA certified organic—along with yogurt, cream, butter, cottage cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and a variety of hard cheeses. Oberweis also produces its own extensive line of ice cream with seasonal flavors.
Additionally, Oberweis Dairy partners with other businesses to carry premium, nondairy food items such as eggs, grass-fed beef, charcuterie, as well as specialty items such as granola, maple syrup, raw honey, and blue cheese-stuffed olives.
Delivery is currently available in five states in the Midwest, as well as Virginia and North Carolina. There are no minimums for delivery orders, but there is a small delivery fee and bottle deposit on half-gallon glass bottles. Oberweis Dairy coolers are also required for porch deliveries and can be purchased with your first order for a one-time fee.
There is an option for a standing order or you can create a new one every time. Prices vary by state, so it's best if you enter your address to find out how much a delivery will cost you.
Bay Area Milkman is a grocery delivery company that services San Francisco throughout the East Bay and Peninsula. Delivery is offered once per week or once every other week, based on your needs, and delivery days are dependent on your specific location.
Founded in 1984, Bay Area Milkman started as a dairy delivery business and has since expanded to much more. This company offers weekly milk delivery to your doorstep or refrigerators. While it offers a variety of products, it specializes in milk from Straus Family Creamery, the first certified organic creamery in the United States, which is also non-GMO Project Verified, certified kosher, and gluten-free.
Cows from Straus Family Creamery graze on pasture when feasible and are given only 100% organically grown feed. Milk comes in half-gallon and quart containers, but not full gallons. It is left in an insulated porch box or delivered to a home or garage refrigerator with permission. Delivery fees are roughly $2 to $6, depending on your location.
Most customers create regular standing orders with the company, however, changes can be made at any time by calling or leaving a modified order form on the doorstep where deliveries are dropped.
Doorstep Dairy delivers local products from farmers and other food businesses in the Lancaster, Chester, and Berks County areas of Pennsylvania.
Launched in 2010 with just a few customers, Doorstep Dairy quickly grew and now has people signing up for the weekly deliveries of milk and more.
You can order as much or as little as you need, as often as you want on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. Doorstep Dairy offers a variety of fresh, dairy products, as well as locally grown produce and select grocery items.
There is even the option to place a bulk meat order, or sign up for a local coffee roaster share. Milk is all hormone-free and can be purchased in both plastic or glass bottles, depending on the vendor and size. It is sourced from local dairy farms and includes organic, grass-fed, lactose-free, and even raw, unpasteurized varieties.
Standing orders are available via Doorstep Dairy and you will receive your shipment on the same day each week. Orders over $60 receive free shipping, while it is $7 for all others. Vintage milk boxes are available for purchase to use for delivery dropoff, or you can provide your own cooler.
What Is a Milk Delivery Service?
A milk delivery service delivers milk, whether in a carton or a bottle, directly to the home on a certain day each week. Many companies require you to leave a cooler on your front porch in which to hold the milk.
Can I Put a Hold on My Milk Deliveries?
Most companies allow you to modify your orders and put them on hold if needed.
Is There a Minimum Order Amount for a Milk Delivery Service?
It depends on each company's policies. For example, Crescent Ridge has a minimum order of $15 plus a $4 delivery fee, while Manhattan Milk has a minimum order of $40 with a $20 shipping fee.
Do Milk Delivery Services Deliver Other Products Besides Milk?
Yes, many milk delivery services deliver meats, cheese, baked goods, and specialty items in addition to milk.
How We Chose the Best Milk Delivery Services
The best milk delivery selections were based on regional delivery zones, farming and processing practices, varieties of milk offered, delivery fees, customer service, and customer reviews.
Oberweis Dairy and Crescent Ridge were both selected for their long-standing history of family-run farms that produce high-quality milk that is gently processed and delivered shortly after being bottled. Mylkman made the top picks for being one of the few companies that deliver non-dairy "mylk" the old-fashioned way. Manhattan Milk earned the title of best overall for its white glove delivery and personalized customer care.