Tuesday, May 5, 2009

"Natural Goodness"

As I remember, back in the 50's and 60's, there were three main dairies servicing the Portland area: Oakhurst, Hood and Old Tavern Farm. We always got our deliveries on the back step, in the insulated milk box, from Old Tavern Farm. Starting out in the 1921 with two horse-drawn milk wagons, Oakhurst Dairy began peddling the 'Natural Goodness of Maine' from an oak grove on Woodfords Street. Within a few months, Stanley T. Bennett moved his company to its present location on Forest Avenue. Today, it still is the most prominent dairy in Maine with its colorful trucks everywhere.


  1. Marchin O'NeachtainMay 5, 2009 at 6:13 AM

    The only thing I remembered about these old trucks that delivered the milk was that their brakes squeeked and you always knew when the milk trucks were close at hand.

  2. I remember stealing ice chips out of the Hood Milk trucks that delivered in my Boston neighborhood.

    My wife's father delivered milk for various dairies in the Boston area in his lifetime and started out with a horse and wagon to deliver his milk; which was a SEVEN DAYS a week job. Imagine having to work 7 days a week we would all be up in arms and suing somebody; but during the depression any work was wanted. I hope it doesn't come to that again.

  3. I remember in grade school for snacks we would get 4 Ritz crackers and milk. The milk had round paper tabs that you would peel off to drink your milk. On each tab there was a picture of a president and it was fun to collect the tabs and see how many different ones you could find or trade. What a neat time it was!

  4. Do they still deliver to your doorstep?