My milk comes from a milkman (or milkperson) and arrives on my doorstep. But it comes from cows before then. Which cows?
When my house was built in 1899 I imagine there were milk deliveries (were there?) but of a very different nature. I imagine that the distance between my house and the cow that produced the milk used in it 119 years ago was not very far – a few miles? The challenges of getting milk from cow to home at that time must have been more challenging.
But where is the cow giving me my milk these days? I don’t know, but I’d be amazed if there is any link with localness.
I struggle to think of the nearest herd of dairy cows to my house. The only one in my consciousness is about five miles away and was on my former route to work in Sandy. Occasionally I would be slightly delayed as a herd of cows were moved across the road after being milked. That dairy farm was often where I saw my first Swallow of the year away from reservoirs and gravel pits. And it was the only herd of cows I would pass on my 25-mile journey to work. It’s a noticeable rarity in these parts.
I wonder whether my milkman (milkperson) knows the origin of the milk he (she) delivers? How about you?