Yes, You CAN Still Get Milk Delivered to Your Door!

Real Estate Agent with Nest Realty


Oh Hampton Roads, we are so VERY lucky!!!!

Yoder Dairies, a locally owned and operated dairy in Virginia Beach still makes home deliveries!!!!

yoder productsYoder Dairies has been serving our community since 1929, when Eli and Elmer Yoder, two Amish farmers from Kempsville, Virginia, began what would eventually grow into the present day dairy. The Yoders needed an outlet for their dairy farms so they set up a small plant and began bottling milk. By 1931, they were required by the health department to begin pasteurizing their milk. They knew that this would be more than they could handle by themselves, so they drew up a charter and formed a co-op with all of the area Amish dairy farmers. The co-op built a large plant on Princess Anne Road and purchased trucks to replace their horses and wagons. The dairy specialized in delivering fresh dairy products to homes in the Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake areas.

In 1996, the co-op decided to dissolve and planned to shut down the dairy. Ken and Elsie Miller, feeling that home delivery was too important to disappear, bought Yoder Dairies just two weeks before it was due to close its doors. The business had a special meaning to the Millers, as Ken, his brother, father and grandfather had all worked for Yoder Dairies in the past. Today, family remains the binding force at Yoder; Ken and Elsie's daughter, Maria, is the General Manager and her husband, Bobby, is Maintenance Supervisor.

Truly blessed with a loving, wonderful family, Ken and Elsie have faithful employees as well. The entire staff stayed at Yoder Dairies when the Millers took over.

Yoder Dairies has experienced many changes since 1929. The two local dairies that supply the milk today produce more than the original 32 Amish farmers combined, but the freshness and purity of the milk has not changed. The cows are not given any growth hormones to grow faster or produce more milk. If a cow is sick and requires antibiotics, the cow is removed from production until it is healthy and its milk tests clean of any medication.
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Yoder is the only home delivery dairy in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They deliver a wide variety of dairy and juice products to over 5,000 homes per week in Hampton Roads and Williamsburg. They recently added ice cream and have completed a new processing plant on Princess Anne Road. Though times have changed, the commitment to high standards of freshness, quality, and convenience has not changed since Yoder Dairies began in 1929. They are proud of their Mennonite heritage and continue to uphold those values in their business.

Home delivery is very easy and convenient.  You send in a short credit check form to Yoder and then a very nice lady calls you to set up your weekly delivery.  You can set a cooler our for the milkman or Yoder has milk boxes available for purchase.  If you visit their website:, there are 2 coupons for new customers!

 They require a minimum weekly order of 2 half gallons of milk, or a combination of products, to start home delivery. They deliver once a week in most areas of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Poquoson, Newport News, Suffolk, Williamsburg and parts of York County.

I have been a regular delivery customer for a few years.  I can tell you that Yoder has the BEST chocolate milk and sweet tea around!  They also deliver eggs, seasonal egg nog, sour cream, whipping cream, orange juice, butter and many other products.

Contact Yoder Dairies: 

Phone: (757) 497-3518
5102 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4242

Tina in Virginia

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Tina, if you didn't relate this story to us I don't think I would have believed this still possible. You have a piece of yesteryear right there in your backyard. I hope it is in business with this wonderful service for you all for years to come.
Apr 30, 2008 12:28 PM #1
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
Tina-that brings back memories. When I was little we had milked delivered to our door in Springfield VA. Of course when I visited my grandparents who owned a dairy farm the milk was delivered right from the cow :-)
Apr 30, 2008 12:53 PM #2
Keith Perry
Coldwell Banker - Hiram, GA
REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta
Tina, my job was to milk the cow before school then Granny would boil it and skim the cream. Our local store would take her grocery order over the phone and deliver the goods to the house. Great post!
Apr 30, 2008 01:10 PM #3
Bob Stewart
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What a great blog post. I must admit, I am a Milk Addict!! I drink about a gallon of milk every two days myself. I have the fondest memories of being delivered Milk when we were little. If I remember correctly it was delivered in glass then. At some point they switched to paper (or maybe it's cardboard?). I LOVE THE TASTE OF MILK FROM PAPER (or is it any rate, the little ones you get at school). I'm going to the store on the way home to pick up two gallons......I might have to buy one gallon in plastic and two half gallons in paper (or is it cardboard, haha). 

You should put some contact info for the dairy in the post (even though you have the link), this thing will probably rank pretty high for: milk delivery services in your city on a google search :-) 

Apr 30, 2008 01:23 PM #4
Jimmy McCall - Cunningham, TN
The Ex-Mortgage Consultant
Hey Tina,  I need that service.  With the amount of milk my girls go through It would be nice to have it delivered.
Apr 30, 2008 02:00 PM #5
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People
Boy, that brings back the memories for me too!  Up until I was around 9 or 10, Price's Dairy delivered to the door in Las Cruces, NM.  Never could get Mom to order ice cream though!  LOL
Apr 30, 2008 04:28 PM #6
Tina Merritt
Nest Realty - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Real Estate

Wow - I'm amazed at how many memories this has brought back for people!  I've added the contact info. for Yoder and here it is as well!

Phone us at (757) 497-3518
Fax us at (757) 497-3510

5102 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462-4242

E-mail us at

Tina in Virginia

Apr 30, 2008 11:24 PM #7
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Tina, how cool. That brings back some memories, gosh I'm not that old, am I?
May 01, 2008 12:34 AM #8
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
Wow, now I feel old ! But reminds me when I was a teenager and unruly and my mom would send me to my Dad to " deal with". My Dad would laugh and tell my mom, Today, she isn't mine, she 's the milkman's ! lol !
May 01, 2008 01:29 AM #9
n d
Naoma Doriguzzi - Virginia Beach, VA
Tina - did you say they also deliver ice cream? SIGN ME UP!!! :)
May 01, 2008 07:11 AM #10
Tina Merritt
Nest Realty - Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Real Estate

Naoma - they deliver ice cream seasonally.  It definitely cuts down on those rush trips to the grocery store!  We ALWAYS have milk, eggs and juice in the house - yes, we have had scrambled eggs many a time for dinner!

Duane & Melissa - no, you are not old at all - just recognizing that there is still a need for this service!

Tina in Virginia

May 01, 2008 01:27 PM #11
Chuck & Lucy Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes
We used to have milk delivered to our home... the cream was so thick it too up the top 25%. Seems like forever ago.
May 05, 2008 06:16 PM #12
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I still remember hearing the "clink clink" of the glass bottles being, you are so lucky to have this service!  I miss having milk in glass bottles!!!

Jun 03, 2008 11:08 PM #14
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