Milk boxes have returned to doorsteps across America, but they’re filled with much more than fresh milk. Local ice cream, butter, artisan bread, and cold brew coffee are turning old-fashioned milk delivery into a modern convenience. This may be a viable way for dairy farmers to contend with the excess organic and conventional milk supply, plummeting prices, mega-size dairy farms crossing state lines, and the burgeoning global plant-based dairy market, which is forecast to hit $16.3 billion next year, according to Innova Market Insights.
While some dairies charge a fee for the service, others, like Washington state’s Smith Brothers Farms, a local family-owned and -operated dairy that has been serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 90 years, offer free delivery for orders over $10 of its organic dairy products, as well as an array of local and artisan groceries, to more than 50,000 homes a week. It also supplies an insulated porch box, and a dedicated delivery person.