We take great pride in our company—our products, our people, our customers and our heritage. We are committed to providing Washington families with the freshest milk and other fine products with an element of personalized service that’s hard to come by in our hurry-up, high-tech world.
We celebrate the milkman and believe in the convenience of home delivery. It offers a level of freshness and quality that is simply unmatched by the neighborhood grocer and literally impossible for a warehouse chain to provide.
“When it comes to milk, it’s all about freshness,” says Smith Brothers Farms’ Todd Behan, a fourth-generation family member who oversees operations. “If you watch people buying milk in the grocery store, they always reach for the milk in the back. At Smith Brothers, you don’t have to reach. We hand deliver the freshest milk you can buy.”
Simple truths about fresh milk and Smith Brothers Farms:
- We’ve been delivering farm-fresh milk since 1920—more than 90 years!
- We offer the freshest milk—from the farm to your fridge in 24 to 48 hours.
- In the ‘90s, dairies began giving their cows artificial hormones (rBST) to spike milk production. We are proud to say our milk has always been rBST free!
- We impose higher standards on our milk. For example, when milk is received for processing, it should not be warmer than 45 degrees or freshness is compromised. Our milk master only accepts milk at 43 degrees or less.
- We pasteurize our milk but never ultra-pasteurize. What’s the difference? Ultra-pasteurization involves heating the milk at a higher temperature, which allows the milk to keep 45-60 days longer (gasp!) before it is opened for consumption. It is done simply to eliminate spoilage of milk that must travel great distances to reach store shelves and/or must sit on the shelf for an extended period of time. Ultra-pasteurization gives milk a “cooked” taste.
Located in the foothills of the Kent Valley, Smith Brothers Farms is a local family-owned and operated dairy farm that has been serving the greater Puget Sound area for more than 90 years. Started in 1920 by Benjamin F. Smith with one cow and a few customers, the farm quickly flourished.
Since then, we have grown to be one of the largest independent retail dairies in the region, producing and delivering the freshest milk and an assortment of select Northwest products. We are one of the largest home delivery dairies in the country, delivering products to more than 45,000 homes every week.
- The Smith family has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. In addition to starting the dairy farm in 1920, the family once owned an airplane landing strip and the Smith Tractor & Equipment Company.
- Smith Brothers Farms’ headquarters is located in the exact location where the original farm began back in 1920.
- Founder Ben Smith had five daughters and two sons, Dan and Howard, for whom he named the company “Smith Brothers.”
- Smith Brothers Farms has been in the same family for four generations, with family members involved at every level of the company today, from the milkman to the CEO.
1911 The first electric refrigerator is sold for in-home use. Before long, Smith Brothers milk will be delivered from the farm to the fridge.
1920 Benjamin F. Smith starts Smith Brothers Farms with just one cow and a few customers.
1950 The refrigerator becomes commonplace in American homes, diminishing the need for daily milk delivery, but Smith Brothers Farms doesn’t miss a beat.
1965 Research indicates that light exposure compromises the taste and freshness of milk, so Smith Brothers Farms switches from translucent glass bottles to cartons.
1970 Smith Brothers Farms celebrates 50 years.
1980 Smith Brothers operates dairy farms in Kent, Snohomish, Monroe and Duvall.
1990s Many dairy farms across the nation began administering rBST growth hormones to their cattle to increase milk production. Smith Brothers is proud to report that our milk has always been 100% rBST-free.
1992 Smith Brothers processing and bottling plant is updated and expanded. Milk can now be tested, pasteurized and packaged in the same day—ensuring greater freshness and extending the expiration date from 12 to 19 days.
2001 While the company headquarters remain in Kent, all dairy cattle move to one large farm in Eastern Washington’s Royal City.
2006 The Federal Government changes milk producer/handler regulations, resulting in the decision to sell the farm in Royal City. Smith Brother’s begins sourcing milk from select farms in a co-op of Washington dairies.
2010 Smith Brothers Farms celebrates its 90th anniversary. Online ordering features are expanded to help customers manage their accounts and orders.
We love to give back to the communities we serve. We are proud to support the following organizations throughout the Puget Sound whose spirit and mission embody community, health, and wellness. See below for more information on these great organizations.
Woodland Park Zoo
In addition to being a sponsor of the 2013 Everett Aquasox, Smith Brothers Farms milk will be available for sale in concession stands at the stadium for Aquasox fans to enjoy!
We are happy to support the 43rd annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby competing on the waters of Green Lake.
In this high-tech world of ours, we still appreciate a good, old-fashioned handshake and the chance to visit with folks face-to-face. That’s why we attend some 300+ events a year—to meet fellow milk drinkers, hand out product samples, answer questions and share stories about 90+ years of delivering fresh milk to front porches throughout Puget Sound.
We are always adding to the calendar. In the summer months, we attend lots of farmers markets and special events, so check back regularly. To learn more about Smith Brothers Farms’ sightings in the community, visit our Facebook page or sign up for Twitter updates.
If you have an event you’d like for us to attend, get in touch.
- October 3rd, 2013 - A Salute to Military Spouses
(St. Martins Marcus Pavilion & Norman Worthington Conference Center)
- October 4-6th, 2013 - OctoberFest NW (Puyallup State Fairgrounds)
- October 4-6th, 2013 - Peninsula Home and Remodeling Expo (Kitsap County Fairgrounds)
- October 4-6th, 2013 - Seattle Home Show 2 (CenturyLink Field Event Center)
- Saturday, October 05, 2013 - Piazza Fall Harvest Festival (The Piazza in Renton)
- October 5-6th, 2013 - Issaquah Salmon Days (Issaqquah, WA )
- October 10-13th, 2013 - Tacoma Fall RV Show (Tacoma Dome)
- October 12th, 2013 - Orting Pumpkin Festival (Orting,WA)
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - Plateau Health and Wellness Expo (Enumclaw High School Commons and Gymnasium)
- October 16-20th, 2013 - Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Show (Tacoma Dome)
- October 17-20th, 2013 - Just Between Friends, Tacoma(Puyallup Fair & Events Center Pavilion)
- October 25-27th, 2013 - Bremerton ChristmasCraft Show (Bremerton, WA)
- October 26th, 2013 - Woodinville Women's Show (TheY at the Carol Edwards Center in downtown Woodinville)
- October 26th, 2013 - Green Halloween (IssaquahHighlands)