A Chat with Oakhurst Dairy
"My grandfather started selling milk to Hannaford back
in the 1920s," says company president Stan Bennett
proudly, "and they're very important to us because we
share so many values, like keeping it close to home.
We bought milk from Maine family farms back then,
and we still do today-85 of them. That helps maintain
thousands of acres of open agricultural land and keeps
our farm communities healthy."
When Bennett points to the company's motto on a
carton of milk, "The Natural Goodness of Maine," he
knows what he's talking about. Oakhurst has some of
the highest quality standards-and freshest milk-in New
England. "Our milk comes from cows who eat, drink,
and breathe the Maine environment, so we have an
interest in keeping it healthy. And who drinks the most
milk if not our kids? Any organization that benefits the
health, well-being, and education of kids is important
Bennett is particularly excited about the Tidewater
Farm Regional Learning Center on the Presumpscot
River in Falmouth, Maine, a project Hannaford also
supports. With its planned hiking trails, outdoor and
agricultural education, and community organic gardens,
it is just one more way Oakhurst and Hannaford "are
together making that important connection between
the people in a community and where their food comes
from," Bennett says.
"Our milk comes from cows who eat, drink,
and breathe the Maine environment, so we
have an interest in keeping it healthy..."
John & Bill Bennett, Oakhurst Dairy, Portland, Maine