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The Avalon Dairy

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  • Milk comes in plastic bags as well as cartons and plastic jugs.

We used to get bagged milk. Our bag holder thing was an ugly olive green and I hated it. =P You stick the bag in the holder, snip a corner off the bag and pour. I was always fascinated watching the stream of milk coming out. It made this really cool almost helix-like pattern that looked solid. More fun yet, if you cut the bag corner in different ways, you could make the milk stream look different =D I would cut it wavy, in a zig-zag, I tried it concave and convex curved. Some did interesting things, others didn't.

My milk used to come in glass bottles as well.

My parents' house is a very short walk away from The Avalon Dairy. A few times a week, we'd walk over with our empties and get four bottles at a time. I loved staring at the different coloured caps. It used to be: red for homo (that's "homogenized milk", ai-ya... -_-), blue for 2%, silver for 1%, gold/yellow on a smaller bottle for buttermilk, brown for chocolate milk and there was a white one on a smaller bottle for something else... oh, it might have been cream. There's a green one now, but I don't know what that's for.

Avalon milk is richer and thicker than Dairyland or any of the other supermarket brands. I remember thinking the milk at userinfoHusband Guy's house tasted like water.

We watched the transition from the elder generation to the younger generation of the Crowleys. They were very nice people and infinitely patient with me, at 7 years old, learning to pay for stuff, helped me learn to count change. They'd help my Mom learn to speak English as well.

I remember being curious about the house next door to the main green warehouse building and asked who lived in that house. And Mr. Crowley Jr. said, "I live there." =)


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Sep. 1st, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! We used to have bagged milk when I was in elementary school! I had almost completely forgotten about that until you posted this. This was in Georgia and to this day I have never found anyone else who had milk in bags.
Sep. 1st, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
You live in the wrong country. Apparently, it's a Canadian thing =)
Sep. 1st, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
I find it so strange that they gave us milk in bags when no one else ever had them except in Canada. Georgia isn't even close to Canada! Hahaha who knows. They were fun though. Although I was always scared of poking too big a hole in mine and sqirting milk all over myself and my lunch.
Sep. 1st, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
I had bagged milk with school lunch in elementary (and junior high and high school), and this was in Louisiana. A friend of mine from Virginia had it too. The bag contained probably what, about half a pint of milk? You took your pointed straw, covered the dull end with your finger, and jabbed the pointy end into the milk and tried to keep it upright in the tray. Then when most kids were done, they either flattened the bag completely or blew up the empty bag and jabbed the stray all the way through the other end to make a balloon of sorts. It's very regional, I think. If you look at foodservice machines, that's what the milk comes in. Giant bags inside of boxes, much like wine in a box.
Sep. 1st, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yep that's exactly what we had!
Sep. 1st, 2004 04:11 pm (UTC)
That's so neat. It's a piece of the country side in Vancouver! I don't think we have anything like that in the Toronto Area.

And we still drink bagged milk. :)
Sep. 1st, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
When we drive out to the Y on Sundays, we go by a lot of farms. People have cows, horses, sheep and there's a llama farm by the highway on the edge of White Rock. We know because it stinks in the summer and we have to hit recirc. before a certain point or it will wreak. >K{
Sep. 1st, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC)
At the risk of aging myself, I remember when we would have milk delivered to our house a couple of times a week. We had a metal milk box on the back porch and the milkman would come and take the empties and put the new ones in it. Glass bottles that were reused...what a concept!

We kept the milk box for a long time after and my brother used it to house a lizard for a while.

There are many houses in my current neighborhood that have the little doors on the back where the milk was delivered. It was a built in milk box....very "in" for the time they were used.
Sep. 1st, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
Heh, I guess those little doors are now cat and dog doors? =)
Sep. 2nd, 2004 05:01 am (UTC)
No, they are up too high for the animals to use. The ones on the houses here are about waist height or higher. My daughter has found one of her cats sleeping in the little "tunnel" a couple of times when the inside door has been left open.
Sep. 1st, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
bagged milk! for some reason, when i read it before clicking the milk, i was thinking of milk in an IV bag and you'd have to take it that way too.

that's pretty cool. seems like it'd produce less waste.
Sep. 2nd, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
Re: less waste

Yeah, exactly. =)
Sep. 2nd, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
it makes me think that canadian milk tastes better.
Sep. 1st, 2004 09:11 pm (UTC)
We used to get bagged milk too... Remember when pop was sold in glass bottles instead of plastic? We're getting old eh? ;o)
Sep. 1st, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)
I still see Coca-cola sold in glass bottles, but they're limited edition novelty things. =P

I've long since accepted that I'm ANCIENT. It's easier this way =)
Sep. 2nd, 2004 10:48 am (UTC)
when i was in elementary school i used to get milk in bottles with the blue cap!!!

memories... :P
Sep. 2nd, 2004 10:51 am (UTC)
We got the red caps for a while, but then we switched to blue =D
Sep. 2nd, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)
Milk w/o Middleman
I recall as a child, that we would go down to the barn and scoop a pitcher of milk out of the cooling tanks for breakfast while we were milking and feeding the cows. It would have a good 1+inches of cream on the top. No bags, no cartons, no bottles. Just a 100 meter walk down to the barn and there it was, several hundred gallons of milk. I expect to never experience that ever again. mdmh (www.mdmhvonpa.blogspot.com)
Sep. 2nd, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)
hehe I couldn't resist making a comment after reading all these milk-in-bag stories. When I went to Malaysia last year, I was so intrigued to see that they sell coffee in bags on the street. They pour the coffee into a transparent plastic bag and tie the opening together. Basically you drink by putting a straw in at the top opening. I think it spills easily so you gotta be careful and drink as soon as you get it. I don't drink coffee personally so I never tried. But apparently it taste very nice. =)
Sep. 2nd, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, i totally remember bags! they were hard to cut just right and i almost always dribbled some somewhere on the table. we ended up having to put a little clothespin on them to keep from picking up fridge smells.

i live in Bawstun now though, and they have boring old cardboard and/or glass cartons here.

Sep. 8th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC)
... from Canada?
Sep. 8th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what you're asking is from Canada, but... yes. I'm from Canada, the Avalon Dairy, the Crowleys and all their cows are also from Canada =)
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