A weekly home delivery of milk in glass bottles may sound like a memory of a bygone era. But South Mountain Creamery is using technology — from robots that milk the cows to software that maps delivery routes — to bring the practice into the 21st century. Such technology may turn out to provide the best hope for the farm-to-table movement.
Cows line up at feeding time at South Mountain Creamery, the Middletown, Md.-based farm that delivers dairy, meat, eggs and bread to an average of 7,000 households a week. General Manager Peter Lee said the Creamery's success is largely rooted in how quickly the products leave the farm and get to customers. “The cooler that’s full [of milk] today will be cleaned out tonight at 12:15. The milk is not 24 hours old. It doesn’t get fresher than that. The eggs are pulled today and they go out tomorrow,” Lee said. Jeffrey MacMillan/For The Washington Post Buy Photo