There is another alternative to the local farm pickup, and it is the Drop Off Groups. Instead of you coming to the farm you can order your milk on line or send a check ahead of time to have your milk delivered to a Drop off host's home. Not to a retail store but to a private residence.
Drop off groups are groups of people in a close geographic proximity that are coordinated and organized by volunteer Pride and Joy customers who are compensated with free product for their efforts. Drop off groups are open to most residences. If you don't see one in the table below that is your area, contact us and we'll help you start one!
Drop off group example … how does it work?
We have a designated day, usually every two weeks to deliver to these residences. A Pride & Joy Driver will drive the distance from the farm to a designated Host Drop off location near you.
The Host will set a time that you can pick up your milk. We ask that you adhere to their schedule and not ask for special privileges as these people have been gracious enough to Host a drop off. If you cannot, then we ask that you try to find another Host that can fit your schedule. Everyone has very busy lives these days and it can be very disruptive to have to have people just show up any old time.
The Host will receive a free gallon of milk for every 20 gallons that is dropped at their site for their coordination efforts. If the Host drop off site has 40 gallons, the Host will receive 2 gallons of free milk for their time.
There is a $2.00 charge per order. You may order however many gallons you would like and there will only be a $2.00 charge on your order for delivery to the drop off. If you do not wish to pay the $2.00 you can come the the farm and pickup the milk for just the price of the milk.
Drop off benefits
There are many benefits to being part of a drop off groups structured like this:
- No need to travel to the farm to buy your milk, although we highly encourage to visit the farm when you have the time in your busy day to make the trip!
- There is only a $2 charge, since all of the families are paying the charge, our fuel costs are split by many families.
- It's a convenient, more affordable and personal way to buy your milk - directly from the farmer who raised it.
- There are many drop off groups, you can usually find one that will fit your schedule.
- It's always fun to meet folks with similar interests!
Drop Off Groups Frequently Asked Questions
Scroll down to find answers to the most common questions about our buying clubs. If you cannot find your answer here, please feel free to contact us using our web form
Is there a minimum/maximum order requirement?
The minimum order quantity to become a drop off site is 12-15 gallons every two weeks. Maximum? How much can you store? Because members are not coming to the farm to pick up, there is a $2 fee per household including the Host to help with our fuel and labor costs to deliver the milk to your area.
How do I join a drop off group?
Locate the group closest to you from the list provided and contact the individual listed as the area coordinator. That individual can help you get started in joining the existing group. And, if for some reason it doesn’t work out with the group that’s already been formed, you can always find another one in the area or start your own.
How do I start a drop off group?
Anyone can start their own drop off group and become the drop off “coordinator”. Simply put together a group of friends, neighbors, family, and co-workers. It can be as few as one or as many as you’d like as long as it is a minimum purchase of 12-15 gallons total for every two weeks. The more in your group, the more free milk you will earn! If you are interested in starting something in your area, in most cases we have a list of people who have expressed interest in being notified if a groups starts up in their area. We would probably be able to help you increase your drop off group size rather quickly – so contact us.
And, when you are ready, we will add your contact details to the website so others can contact you if they are interested.
What are the coordinator’s responsibilities?
- To bring together friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and others interested in grass fed raw milk or our other products (using this web site or us personally as a resource for information).
- To respond in a timely fashion to inquiries about joining your club.
- You are NOT responsible for "selling" the milk. If interested individuals have questions about the milk or our other products, encourage them to contact us directly and we can answer their questions.
- To communicate with Pride and Joy Creamery as needed. For example, to confirm quantities ordered by your drop off club prior to pick-up date to ensure that you have the space to store it at the appropriate temperature until your group members can pick it up.
- To contact members (if needed) to remind them of order deadlines, pickup day, time, location and if there will be significant delays in delivery due to inclement weather during the winter.
- To keep the coolers clean and at the correct temperature of 34-38 degrees. We suggest freezing gallon jugs to be used in the coolers instead of buying ice every week.
It can be rewarding to coordinate a drop off group because you help introduce others to healthier, great tasting, and more environmentally-friendly foods.
Helpful hints for coordinators and clubs members:
- We have found that the 165 quart coolers found at Costco (retail $90) can hold 24 gallons of milk. This is a very handy size for hauling large quantities of milk. One suggestion is for clubs to purchase one (or several) of these coolers to use at the drop off site. You can also find refrigerators on Craigslist for free. All we ask is that you somehow keep the milk cool. (NOTE: Milk is to be stored in temperatures maintained between 34 – 38 degrees at all times.)
- If large coolers are used, they will be very heavy when they are full of milk and ice. It is recommended that thought be given to minimizing lifting and movement of the full coolers.
How will I pay for my drop-off club order?
Payment is required (using a credit/debit card) when your order is placed online. This will save your driver or Host drop off the hassle of collecting any money for the group. No extra fees should be added by the Host drop off site.
How are orders placed?
Club members will simply place their order and pay for their milk at the Online Store by the determined order cut-off date. No money will have to be exchanged or carried - the driver will just drop off the club's milk order within the specified drop off time.