Got (good) milk?
Snowville Creamery's slogan is "Milk, the way it used to be." It's an idea that resonated with readers of my piece "Milk's New Wave". This week, many wrote, called or logged into our chat to share their memories of delicious milk.
Some readers missed the "cream-line" milk most. Others talked about the thick, rich flavor of milk they drank when they were young. But my favorite memory came from Les Hubbard of Prince Frederick, Md., who recalled the days when the Sealtest milkmen would deliver bottles of milk to his door in Arlington.
The cream on top would be poured off to serve in my parents’ morning coffee or my grandmother and caregiver occasionally would purloin some to make butter. That would be a part-time task assigned to I believe a Maytag washer with wringer atop. The agitator with bottle of cream attached soon produced butter which was a scarce commodity during rationing of those days. We couldn’t do that later when upgrading to a Bendix front loader.
By the 1960s, the quality of milk had already begun to falter, Hubbard wrote. But
in August 1964 My Lovely Wife and I spent a few days with a family at their home in Interlaken, Switzerland, perhaps a forerunner of today’s bed and breakfasts. Our host mistress of the house asked on our first night asked that, if we woke before the family, would I go to the front porch and collect the morning’s milk delivery. As the sun just arose, I retrieved a stainless steel pail, with a few flies present, containing raw milk with cream floating atop. That made the best darn café au lait we drank during our European visit.
Such a lovely picture will only further encourage the other set of readers that wrote in to me this week with a burning question: So, where can I get this milk? Snowville Creamery is available at eight Whole Foods Markets in the Washington Metro area including Annapolis, Arlington, Bethesda, Georgetown, Old Town, P Street, Rockville and Tenley Town. (On April 20, that list will expand to include Fair Lakes, Gaithersburg, the Inner Harbor, Mount Washington, Silver Spring and Tysons Corner.)
Trickling Springs is available at a long list of retailers: Balducci's in Bethesda; Aroma on U Street; Cork Market on 14th Street; Cowgirl Creamery in Penn Quarter; Maple Avenue Market in Vienna; Heyser Farms in Silver Spring plus several Whole Foods, Yes Organic Markets and all the Washington locations of Mom's Organic Market.
For an (almost) complete list, the Trickling Springs Web site allows you to search for retailer by town. (The site is not entirely up to date, but the creamery is working to fix that.)
If none of those are convenient, there's always South Mountain Creamery, which does things the old-fashioned way and delivers milk right to your door. The delivery area includes most of the Washington metro area, including Frederick, Baltimore, northern Virginia plus Virginia Beach and Norfolk. There is also another business, Holy Cow Delivery, which delivers South Mountain's milk to Annandale, Berryville, Burke, Centerville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Front Royal, Manassas and Winchester.
-- Jane Black
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