Back in the day, the only way one could get milk was through home delivery of the fresh stuff several times a week – the milkman was as iconic a figure as the postman. Milk was delivered in glass bottles and once the contents were consumed, the bottles were left to be picked up, cleaned and reused. This practice has been making a gradual comeback in recent years, with families becoming more interested in local food choices, and home delivery is becoming more readily available in areas from California to Colorado to Massachusetts.
Some farms offer organic milk, while others simply certify theirs as rBGH free, but if you are getting milk delivered you can be assured that it’s coming from a local farm that you can visit and see exactly how your milk is produced. A number of farms throughout the United States now offer freshly delivered milk and other dairy products in reusable glass bottles.
Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick and author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press). A green living expert, she contributes to The Huffington Post and Mother Nature Network (MNN.com)