Friday, August 21, 2009

Favorite Things Friday: South Mountain Creamery

I've mentioned before (and here) that we get our milk delivered--in glass bottles!--from a local dairy. Earlier this week, as I was reading On Milk by Musings of a Housewife, I was thinking about how grateful I am to have hormone free milk from cows that have free range and free choice of feeding, delivered directly to our door each week in reusable glass bottles. That's why I'm featuring South Mountain Creamery today as my Favorite Things Friday.

Since starting with South Mountain Creamery in April 2008, we couldn't be happier. First, the milk is delicious. Second, it is awesome to know exactly where it is coming from. Third, it is a great price. A half gallon of milk is $3.25.* I haven't priced milk at the grocery store in a while but I believe that a half gallon of organic milk is about $3.50 to $4.

And, South Mountain doesn't deliver only milk. Lucas loves their glass-bottled yogurt drink and at $3.75 for a quart it is much cheaper (not to mention less wasteful!) than those individual plastic containers of drinkable yogurt from the grocery store. I love their free-range chicken, eggs and beef. Not to mention their cheese, butter, and all kinds of other delicious goodies.

The process is very easy. Sign up on-line and create a standing order. This can vary by week or month. For example, we get eggs every other week. Then, leave your cooler (with an ice pack, especially during summer) on your front porch or in your garage the night before or morning of your delivery. Leave them your empty containers and they'll take those (and credit them to your account) and leave your milk and other products. You come home to delicious, fresh milk. (Just be careful carrying those glass bottles into the house. I can tell you from experience that it is no fun cleaning up spilled milk and broken glass!)

South Mountain Creamery's delivery areas are listed below. If you live in any of these areas, I suggest that you strongly consider getting your milk (and other great dairy and meat products!) delivered by South Mountain Creamery!

Alexandria, VA
Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Virginia Beach
Arlington, VA
Falls Church, VA
Vienna, Oakton, McLean, VA
Leesburg, VA
Harpers Ferry, Charles town, Shepherdstown, WV
Mt Washington & Catonsville, MD
NW DC (including Georgetown, Mt Pleasant, Capitol Hill)
NE and SE DC
Hyattsville, Cheverly, Mt Rainier
Potomac, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring
Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville, Olney
Clarksburg, Dickerson, Poolesville
Howard County
Mt Airy, Myersville, Middletown
Walkersville, Frederick

*There is a $3.95 delivery fee per week for your entire order. Also, there is a $1.50 per bottle deposit which you get back when you leave your empty bottle out for pick-up.

Disclaimer: I am a loyal customer of South Mountain Creamery. However, they have no idea that I blog and have provided no incentive or compensation for this post!

Original post by Smiling Mama. Thanks for reading!

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