While I have only had three deliveries as of the date of this post, I have to say, I really, really enjoy receiving fresh milk delivered straight to my door! I am not sure why we did not do this sooner. It is strange that during both my pregnancies and during nursing, I did not do this. First, I should point out I am not a snob. There’s nothing wrong about store bought milk and Second, it is a cheaper option and easier to obtain if you get it at the store. But, for me, after I tasted fresh milk – skim, whole, and chocolate from Royal Crest and did a side-by-side taste comparison, there was just no going back. Sadly, I am hooked to overpriced fresh milk, from the dairy to my front door. The good news: It is hormone-free, and better for us. It tastes good as well as it does not sit in plastic or cardboard for days before arriving at the store, where it may sit for longer before it sells. It arrives fresh, and is guaranteed for two weeks. Because it tastes better, I am drinking more of it. I may gain weight … yikers!
For me, the convenience is very attractive as well which is why I wish I had done it sooner. While in the infant stage, it would have been very useful to have home milk delivery. Both my kiddos were breast milk fed until almost a year old but even then, it would have been nice to have fresh, hormone-free milk for me when they first started drinking whole milk. So far, my review of Royal Crest is positive. I have not tried Longmont Dairy so I cannot speak to them but Royal Crest charges $0.75 per week (not to exceed $3.00 per month) for delivery whether you skip or not. You get charged monthly on your credit card or can set up an automatic withdrawal from checking. You can always get billed as well. Their prices on the milk are a little bit more than Longmont I think but Longmont Dairy does have a minimum per week which you should be able to meet. Longmont charges $1.00 per week for delivery but appears to deliver milk in glass bottles. Longmont’s menu is more limited but they have Strawberry milk. Both Dairies often a free 1/2 gallon of milk to try out before you start delivery as well.
You can see a full menu at Royal Crest’s website but their milk prices are not posted. You can call and ask as well but expect the gallons to be in the $5.00 range- not all of them, and then half gallons roughly $3.00+. I have tried some of the other items too. I love their chocolate milk and their eggs are larger than the average LARGE eggs in stores and a reasonable price. I have had their bread but that is because I did not feel like going to the store for a loaf of bread. The bread is Sara Lee or Rudi’s (which is yummy). Additionaly, they sell cheese, butter, yogurt, juice, lemonade, and other products. Their OJ, in my opinion is not as good as Tropicana or Florida’s natural because it is from concentrate, but in a pinch, you can always order a quart before you make it out to the store. I am hoping to try the cheese and butter in the future and will let you know what I think. The way to order is to have a recurring order which comes unless you change it. The website is good but be careful when you make changes. It could delete other items as you add more. So, always double check what you order and for what date especially if you are like us, and receiving two deliveries per week. You can get one or two deliveries but if you do two, the price is the same $0.75 per week total and you have to make sure you get a GALLON (two 1/2 gallons are fine) each time the delivery comes. So, that ends being a minimum anyway. Otherwise, if you do once a week, there is no minimum and you can skip weeks as well. Also, if their website is down, just use the order card and leave it in your dairy box- it overrides your entire on-line order but oftentimes, more reliable. Well… maybe?
Please leave us your thoughts and comments on either or both of these home dairy deliveries and your experiences with them: Royal Crest and/or Longmont Dairy.