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Friday
Jan212011

The Milkman Co. Brings Dairy to Your Doorstep

Ed Hartz is a milkman with a mission.  He wants to “revolutionize the food distribution system” by taking us back to the days when milkmen delivered local dairy products to our doors. Even if you don’t remember pulling glass milk bottles from a galvanized container stationed by the back porch door, it’s likely you can picture the image.  Ed’s goal is to turn that image into reality and revive the tradition of the milkman in Fairfield County. With a truck painted like a Holstein, he has aptly named his new business The Milkman Company, and he is working to spread the word that the Milkman is back and better than ever with deliveries of milk (including raw milk), eggs, cheese, yogurt, meats and other farm fresh products. 

When I asked Ed why anyone would need a milkman these days, when many of us are in grocery stores multiple times during the week, his answer was quick and direct.  “Because you can’t get what I have at the grocery store.  My products are fresher, healthier and taste better than anything at the store. And, you save a trip to the store, where you’ll probably end up buying more than you need. By ordering from the Milkman Company, you are supporting local farm families and providing the freshest, healthiest products to your family.” 

Ed Hartz is a no nonsense guy who speaks frankly and passionately about the importance of sustainable agriculture and going back to a safer, cleaner, more traditional way of sourcing our food. After years working in investment banking and owning his own business, Ed was determined to do something “that makes a positive difference and helps others.” His lifelong interest in nutrition led him to look more closely at the local food movement and at the realities of commercial farming. “I realized that animals that don’t get out of the barn and are loaded with antibiotics can’t be the best option.  Being the Milkman, allows me to give people a choice and affect positive change in a real down to earth manner; to help others and my own family with good work, from good work.

To ensure the quality of the products he carries, Ed spent the last year establishing relationships with a few select family farms in Connecticut and the Hudson Valley that use sustainable agricultural practices. These methods do not harm the environment, treat animals with respect, are humane for workers, support the local community and ultimately raise and produce food that is healthy for consumers. The Milkman Company only sells products from farms that adhere to a sustainable agricultural model.

One of those farms is Ronny Brook Farm in Ancramdale, New York, a family dairy that began operating in 1941. Ronny Brook raises their own cows and produces all their dairy products on premise. They haven’t introduced a new cow into their herd in more than 10 years, nourish the herd with feed grown almost exclusively on their land, and graze the cows for 3 seasons (only 10-12% of the cows on America’s farms are grazed at all). The USDA has determined that pasture fed cows produce milk with 5 times the level of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an anti-carcinogen, than cows that are confined.  Ronny Brook uses no artificial growth hormones, and their milk is low temperature pasteurized, which keeps it safe but not over-processed.  By contrast, organic milk sold at supermarkets is often ultra pasteurized at high temperatures, giving it a longer shelf life, but destroying beneficial enzymes and bacteria. 

While the idea of a milkman may seem anachronistic, The Milkman Company’s timing may be right on target.  The National Restaurant Association’s annual Chef Survey identified locally sourced meats, locally grown produce and sustainability as the top 3 trends for 2011.  According to the survey, “Locally sourced food and a focus on sustainability is not just popular among certain segments of consumers anymore; it has become more mainstream.” In fact, milkmen and other home delivery services providing local products are thriving in communities in New York City, Westchester County, Virginia, the Berkshires and beyond. 

So, what will The Milkman bring to your door?  Milk, of course, including raw, 1% and 2%, whole, skim and chocolate, as well as heavy cream and half and half.  Also in the dairy category, drinkable yogurt from Ronny Brook and Millborne Farms – which were so good my daughter and I fought over them, flavored and plain yogurts, eggs, cheese and butter. You can also order bread from Fairfield Bread Company and Wave Hill Bread, BoraBora Fruit Juices from the Hudson Valley, local meats including beef, bacon and sausage, as well as packaged meats from Nodine’s Smokehouse – a Mario Batali favorite.  

The Milkman Company, based in Newtown, is a new service and is currently building a customer base in Fairfield, with hopes to expand throughout Fairfield County. Ed owns one truck, but envisions a day when he has 10 – 20 milkmen delivering farm fresh dairy and meat products to our doors. He applauds other companies around the country who have thriving home delivery services and locally salutes Deb Marsden of CT Farm Fresh Express for her work in connecting consumers to local farmers. Of his work, Ed says, “I hope more people copy the idea; it’d be my contribution to mankind.”

The Milkman Company, Ed Hartz, 203-426-7141; www.themilkmancompany.com

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thanks for highlighting this service. the comparisons between this milk and store bought, organic (i always wonder why the shelf life is so long) is very important info for us to consider. great piece.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Rueven

Only this type of man - with a great idea in his head - can perform a mik revolution that is coming. Milk that is delivered with this attitude is even more tasty and healthier.

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVasiliy

This is major - really hope it takes off and he expands or considers a pick-up service as well. This shows me once again how limited our options really are, and this seems to put the control and quality back into the consumers hands. Where it should be.

January 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Kundrat

Interesting comments. The better milks for us are not all in the markets or other retail establishments today. There are many reasons. Some of them are; (1) The big companies that have their milk on these shelves have paid for shelf space., (2) The commercial brand milks, including the brands that call themselves ORGANIC, are not as good as you think they are. If you research the facts, the truth has been made public., (3) Non-Homogenized MILK is GOOD FOR YOU. And better than Homogenized milk., (4) Milk from most LOCAL farms who also practice sustainable agriculture or close to it will have milk that has been tested with a lower, rather than higher Somatic cell count. And this is good., (5) Consumers are being fooled now and have been for more than 50 years about MILK. Pasteurized milk is not as good for you as you think it is. Do the research. It is out there., (6) After Raw Breast Milk, what's Best? ANSWER: Homemade raw milk formula for babies, and raw milk for Toddlers and Children. See REAL MILK, a project of The Weston A. Price Foundation. For more information. See; www.realmilk.com, www.mercola.com, www.raw-milk-facts.com. The MILKMAN COMPANY carries and will deliver some of the best milks out there today, including RAW MILK. Check it out. If interested please email: themilkmancompany@earthlink.net. Ed Hartz will be glad to answer your questions. Thank you.

January 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEd Hartz

It all makes perfect sense - except the naked women on the "products" page. You lost me there.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterclaudia

Another option for milk and dairy delivery throughout Fairfield County: http://www.hudsonmilk.com/index.html

A friend of mine swears by them. I haven't tried them yet.

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpatty

The naked woman is a famous model. Photographed by a famous photographer for a famous magazine read by hundreds of thousands of readers. The woman is photographed during her pregnancy. Pregnant women have much to gain and so does the fetus when they are eating well. enough said.

The Milkman

January 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEd Hartz

Wow so this is what Ed is doing after he ran out of stone finishing customers to rip off...

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam Adams

The test of a man's or woman's breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEd Hartz

I know Mr Hartz very well. He worked for me several and he and his crew are craftsmen. His company is one of the best in NY Metro. Sounds like you are just a jealous competitor. Maybe Ed is doing something else now because he grew tired of dealing with "dimwits" like you. Now he figures that people who are educated, unlike you, will have to pay a fair price for what they eat. Whereas a guy like you wants a deal (low price for hard work well done)with his stone work and cannot get it at a low price from a quality company like the one Ed runs. Keep eating your Twinkies and Coca Cola. You are a Bozo.

~ John Adams

March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Adams

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