Longmont Dairy delivers fresh milk directly to homes along the Front Range. We are a family owned and operated business dedicated to providing great milk, from our cows to our customers’ doorsteps. Our dairy is one of the two remaining farms, in Colorado, that sells milk directly to customers.
In 1965, Jim Boyd, Karl Obluda and Reese Boatman joined together to start a small dairy farm in Longmont. Jim brought a great dairy farm background to the business. Reese had experience in bottling and delivery. They produced the best milk possible by feeding the cows well and treating them with the highest standards of care and animal husbandry. Since making it on a small farm was difficult, they built a bottling plant and started to deliver the milk to local families. They delivered to the same homes two times each week and offered a full line of dairy products.
There were major changes in the market in the late 1980’s that altered the ability to deliver this way profitably. At this time, the business was transitioned to the next generation. The goal was to keep home delivery, in glass bottles, alive.
The idea of the “speed route” was adopted. Deliveries were made once a week and at night.
To maintain quality, we decided to offer milk produced by only our own cows and bottled in our plant. We used glass bottles, filled, delivered, returned, cleaned, sanitized and filled again. Customers continued to love great fresh milk, produced and bottled locally and delivered to their homes.
With the speed route, Longmont Dairy provides the freshest milk possible. The cows are milked three times a day (like they like it), the milk is sent from the farm to our processing plant where it is bottled within 24 hours. Then the deliveries start, and milk is on the customers’ doorsteps.
Today, the third generation remembers Jim Boyd’s pride in the cows and the milk they produce. The dairy now partners with local companies to support other local businesses and provide the freshest products possible to our customers.