A milkman returns

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We acknowledge that the times have changed since the Daily Local News looked around and found itself in the latter stages of the 20th century.

We admit that the Brave New World we now find ourselves in affords us benefits that our friends from the 1950s and 1960s could not have imagined. Every time we turn on or desktop computers Ė or laptops, or tablets, or smartphones, or what have you Ė we have access to information and contact with people that would boggle the mind of our enighbors from that golden age.

But every now and then something comes back to remind us that simpler times were often made more pleasant by services and people who have gone by the wayside. The doctor who made house calls. The gas station attendant who told us our oil level was low. The cop on the beat who watched out for our children as they made their way home from the corner candy store.

So joyful beats pounded in our hearts when we read recently the story of Kevin Quinlan of East Marlborough, an enterprising young man who has teamed u with Bailyís Dairy at Pocopson Meadow Farm to bring fresh farm products Ė milk, eggs, and butter among them -- to the doors of residents living in the Kennett, Unionville, Chadds Ford and West Chester areas. The milkman, shall we say, cometh.

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 Barnardís Orchard in Pocopson. And itís all local. Most of the food is harvested the day before itís hand-delivered to the door.

ďThereís so much good food in this area, but people donít have the time to get it,Ē Quinlan said. ďItís all fresh, really good stuff. The taste is so much different and better than what you get in mass-supplied supermarkets. You donít really know where that (produce) comes from. Itís picked way before itís allowed to ripen on the vine or tree and it cuts way down on the taste. They have to pick it early Ė maybe two or three weeks ahead of time Ė because of transportation. With me, itís picked today and delivered tomorrow.Ē

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 Bailyís refrigerated truck Quinlan was able to secure on Thursdays and Fridays, his delivery days.

Itís a fresh thought for a new age, and we are glad to see it. You should call him on your cell.