A little investigation when I got home lead to finding out about a wonderful new venture just a few miles from my doorstep that would change my milk buying forever.
In a small wooden shed at the end of the farm drive is a milk vending machine, with steam coming out of it like some magical tardis, it delivers to you fresh whole milk that tastes exactly like milk should. I know lots of people drink semi-skimmed or skimmed so this may not be for them but we only drink whole milk, it's great for cereal and for hot chocolate and the odd latte I have these days.
You then pop your money into the machine, your bottle in the machine under the spout and press the button, the milk then comes out and fills the bottle with the requisite amount.
Once you have finished you close the little door and a puff of steam comes out to clean the machine, ready for the next customer, and indeed there were plenty of customers, in fact two people visited whilst we were there, walking to get there milk. It sent me back to the day of the milk man, when milk was delivered to your door and was fresh.
If you are local to Nottingham then I suggest you seek out this wonderful little farm, you get to go and visit a beautiful slice of countryside support a local farmer and business.
How about a visit to Rufford Abbey and a little stop off on the way back, or in June this year as part of Open Farm Sunday The Real Milk Company will be opening their doors to show you the farm and what they have to offer. We will be heading up there to see the cows on the farm and to buy some milk of course, as well as heading to some of the other local farms as part of this wonderful day out. We've been for the past few years it is such a great day out and a glimpse§ into an important part of our farming heritage and lives in this country.
Milk from the farm is £1 for a litre and £2 for 2 litres.