Milk Run

May 21, 2008 at 11:12 pm Leave a comment

Avalon Organic Homogenized MilkFor the last few months, our family has added a new routine to our weekends. With our green milk crate and empty glass bottles in tow, we do a milk run to Avalon Dairy. Up until then, I didn’t even know that Avalon still sold milk out of their original farm location. The little retail store is located in the most unexpected place: 5805 Wales Street, Vancouver East-side, amongst residential homes.

I had occasionally bought Avalon milk from the local grocery store but then was always swayed to purchase the more economical 4L plastic jug alternative. So why the change?

Well, drinking milk from antibiotic-injected, hormone-pumped cows finally got to me. I decided paying extra for organic is definitely worth it. Avalon milk is fresh tasting. I’m not sure if it’s the milk itself or just the fact that it’s stored in glass bottles. It also helps that buying local fits right in with being green. Besides, it feels great supporting the oldest family-run dairy in BC.

Some things to keep in mind when you go to their little store:

  • cash only
  • glass milk bottles (1L size only available) require a $1 deposit — refundable there or any other store that sells their products
  • $6 refundable deposit for a sturdy plastic crate to carry your bottles
  • quantity discounts are available on their milk — the more you buy the better the price
  • also available: non-organic milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, butter, organic eggs and ice cream (yummy!)

By the way, their newest offering is Vitala, an Omega-3 milk that comes from fish fed cows.

So if you are ever in the vicinity, pop in and check out this century old dairy located right in our community.

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