Remember when the milkman would deliver farm fresh milk, butter and eggs to doorsteps early in the morning?
Well, he’s back.
Kevin Quinlan of East Marlborough has teamed up with Baily’s Dairy at Pocopson Meadow Farm to bring fresh farm products to the doors of residents living in the Kennett, Unionville, Chadds Ford and West Chester areas. He plans to expand into the West Grove area soon.
“I remember growing up around here and we had a milkman when I was a kid,” Quinlan said. I just thought why not bring back the milkman. People like the convenience and love the service.”
Called Logical Living/Fresh Express, Quinlan delivers what the milkman of yesteryear delivered plus lots more. He delivers local grass-fed beef, mushrooms, honey, coffee, produce and even apples and apple cider from Barnard’s Orchard in Pocopson.
And it’s all local. Most of the food is harvested the day before it’s hand-delivered to the door.
“There’s so much good food in this area, but people don’t have the time to get it,” Quinlan said. “It’s all fresh, really good stuff. The taste is so much different and better than what you get in mass-supplied supermarkets. You don’t really know where that (produce) comes from. It’s picked way before it’s allowed to ripen on the vine or tree and it cuts way down on the taste. They have to pick it early – maybe two or three weeks ahead of time – because of transportation. With me, it’s picked today and delivered tomorrow.”
Quinlan, a former athletic director at Upland Country Day School and WCOJ radio sports personality, started with two customers late last year. The business blossomed with word-of-mouth and he now has 45 customers. Customers use e-mail and his web site to communicate, fill out orders, and pay with a credit card.
Deliveries are made with a Baily’s refrigerated truck Quinlan was able to secure on Thursdays and Fridays, his delivery days.
Although it’s fresh, most of the produce, milk and eggs aren’t certified organic. “Most of my farmers are not certified organic,” Quinlan said. “But for all intents and purposes, they are following organic standards. Being certified organic is cumbersome and expensive and most don’t want to go through the process.”
The only certified organic product Quinlan carries is, ironically, coffee. It’s from Golden Valley Farms in West Chester. Beans are purchased from the port of Baltimore or Philadelphia and are roasted in West Chester.
“You won’t believe the taste and smell of this coffee,” Quinlan said.
Quinlan said because Baily’s slow pasteurizes its milk, it retains many of the vitamins and is very close to organic. He said he sells milk for $6 a gallon delivered.
“You’ll pay about $4 for a gallon of milk at the grocery store, but organic is about $7 to $8 a gallon and my milk is not certified organic, but it’s very, very close. Plus, the money stays right here in the community.”
That’s because the vegetables and most of the fruit he delivers comes from North Star Orchard in Cochranville, which is part of Community Supported Agriculture.
“You are buying a share of a farm, so during the growing season, you go once a week and pick up whatever is harvested,” he said. “Vegetable shares go until late October, and fruit shares start in August. You start to use vegetables and fruits you never thought you would use. It’s healthier and tastes better. And you are supporting your local farmer and the money stays right in this community.”
Deliveries are made generally from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., and even if people are home, Quinlan does not ring the door bell. Some customers leave a cooler on the doorstep, and others leave their garage door open so he can put the items in a refrigerator.
Eggs come from select Chester and Lancaster County farms, beef from Dr. Elkins’ Buck Run Farm, chips and pies from Northbrook Marketplace and honey from Bloomsberry Honey in Chadds Ford. He is currently working on adding local cheese and bison burger from a supplier in West Marlborough that raises buffalo.
A selection of his delivered prices: 12 ounces of ground or been coffee for $12, a pound of baby portobello mushrooms for $5 (delivered in brown bags for longer life and fresh taste), a half-peck bag of fuji apples for $6.95, a pound of Oysters from Oakshire’s in Kennett Square for $8, a pound of Dr. Elkins’ Angus burger for $8, and a 16-ounce tub of unsalted butter from Baily’s Farm for $5.
Quinlan can be reached by phone at at 610-637-0728 on email at email@example.com, or his web site at http://logical-living.com/freshexpress.