More and More Frequently During COVID-19 “Stay-at-Home” Mandate.
In early March of this year the Oakridge Dairy in Ellington was making 250 home deliveries a month in North Central Connecticut. In May, its one-year-old service – the Modern Milkman – shot up to servicing 2500 customers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has dissuaded customers from in-store grocery shopping.
“We didn’t think we would get there in six weeks,” said Seth Bahler, CEO of Oakridge Dairy since 2013 and Founder of the home delivery extension of the business. “But we built a logistical system where we could handle it.” Oakridge’s “Modern Milkman” also delivers non-dairy foods including soup, baked goods, and granola.
Smyth Trinity Farm in Enfield has also seen a rise in its home dairy deliveries said Sam Smyth, a fifth-generation member of the family business. “We’re getting new calls everyday.” Smyth Trinity Farms also serves most of the north central area. Customers usually stick to the basics according to Sam – milk, cream, eggs and butter. To be added to the service more quickly, he suggests new customers call the store at (860)745-0751 instead of applying for delivery online.
Miriam Dugas makes an afternoon delivery in Ellington from Smyth Trinity Farms, located in Enfield.
By Laura Hayden