When most people think of the milkman, the man with the white suit and black bow tie carrying glass bottles come to mind. For most, he is a relic of a bygone era, but the milkman does still exist—right here in western Washington. In fact, Smith Brothers Farms has been the milkman to Seattle and the Puget Sound area for more than 90 years.
What started with a cow, a truck, and a few customers back in 1920 has now grown to be one of the largest independent dairies in the region, processing and delivering the freshest milk and select Pacific Northwest products to more than 50,000 households.
Modern Delivery, Old-School Service
While milk delivery is no longer a necessity, the family-owned and operated dairy continues to thrive, in part because of the milkman (the loyal customers and farm-fresh milk are other contributors). Smith Brothers Farms employs nearly 60 milkmen who deliver to homes on the same day and time—rain or shine—all throughout Puget Sound: from Marysville and Olympia to Bremerton and North Bend. Most of them start their day when we are still asleep, but if you’re lucky, you’ll catch him when he’s delivering to your porch.
A customer’s weekly standing order soon becomes memorized: one dozen eggs, two half-gallons of whole milk, and two loaves of white bread. A milk bone is placed atop the porch box for the four-legged family member. Holiday cards are exchanged. Birthday presents are left in the porch box for one another. He is no longer just the person who delivers milk. The milkman becomes a part of the family. You can’t say that for most, if any, home delivery services.
While the white suit, black bowtie, and glass bottles may no longer be around, the friendly, old-school service still is. And it’s one of the things that makes Smith Brothers Farms different than other grocery delivery services.
Taste the Fresh and Local Difference
Smith Brothers Farms believes that when it’s fresh and local, it just tastes better. Their milk comes straight from local, Pacific Northwest dairy farms to a customer’s fridge in 24 to 48 hours. Whereas store-bought milk has likely spent days at processing facilities, on the road, and at various distribution points before making it to the store. Their eggs go from hen to house in as little as three days. When it’s that fresh, it’s like having your very own chickens (without all the work).
Smith Brothers Farms offers more than just milk and eggs, too. They partner with more than 20 different local brands, including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Schwartz Brothers Bakery, and Ellenos, to bring Pacific Northwest flavors right to your door.
To ensure those products stay cool and fresh, the first delivery includes an insulated metal box, which sits on the front porch awaiting the milkman each week. That’s right—there’s no need to be home to bring in the milk!