Living in South Brooklyn right between Cobble Hill and Red Hook puts me at the center of a robust, burgeoning food scene. Everything from niche food purveyors, boutique food stores, farmer’s markets, restaurants, gourmet home cooks, pro chefs, culinary writers, bloggers and so fourth. The long standing trends center mostly around slow food and locavore ideals, nods to Depression era techniques (canning, nose to tail cooking etc.), Southern comfort foods, “old fashioned” or provincial foods, growing your own food/urban farming, CSAs, farm (or ocean) to the table, etc.
Now we can add fresh milk to a growing list of niche gourmet foods available in this little foodie haven. Manhattan Milk has decided to expand into Brooklyn, starting with Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Brooklyn Heights.
I just spoke with Frank Acosta who is one of the owners/founders. I must admit, these guys deserve some major props.
Launched last year, Manhattan Milk was started by Frank Acosta and Matthew Marone. Matt started with a milk route and the two young men expanded on the idea. They are based in Westchester NY, but the milk comes from Pennsylvania Dutch Country. They work with 51 Amish farmers who provide organic, rBST-free milk from happy free roaming grass eating cows. Cows are not given any antibiotics or synthetic hormones whatsoever and the guys go and check in on the farms and animals personally. Just for the record, bovine hormones are used to boost production and it’s bad for you. It’s easily digested in the stomach and makes people and animals sick. Google the facts and see for yourself. Or Bing and decide! And with smaller, quality farmers struggling to make it these days, mostly because of a refusal to go dirty, this service helps them survive. The smaller farms simply do not have the lobby influence and money that big agribusiness does. According to Frank, their profit margins are low, which is partly why servicing restaurants can be tough and their main focus has remained on door to door delivery.
And they differ from other milk delivery services, not only because the milk is organic, but because it’s eco friendly too. Milk is delivered in old fashioned glass bottles straight to your door once a week and the minimum order is $15. They keep a low carbon imprint by not running a large fleets of trucks too. It’s just two young guys focused on a “quality product with integrity.”
The Brooklyn order inquiry option will be up and running on the website in about a week. They are shooting for 30 clients to start and hope to be servicing the area in a about a month. They also have a line of organic products like eggs, cheese, cream line milk and cream line yogurt.