Many of you reading this will be able to remember the sound of the milkman coming; this was my grandfather. As a child my father would reminisce by telling me stories of the ‘good ol’ days’ before supermarkets became the one stop shop. Early mornings, no matter the weather conditions, both of them would hop in the milk truck and deliver fresh milk in glass bottles to families around Christchurch.
Milk runs through the Irvine veins; it didn’t stop there. My Dad, David Irvine, went on to pursue his own love of milk by purchasing his very own dairy farm, bought in 1984. It wasn’t an easy road for a young man in his mid-twenties, giving up his life as a mechanic and his pride and joy; a 1968 Ford Mustang to purchase the place we now call home. I am forever grateful to my parents for the childhood I was given growing up on the farm.
One cannot understate the matriarch of this family, my mum, who has supported my father both on and off farm. Life is precious and we as a family have experienced the reality of this first hand. In 1996 Dad fell ill with a heart related virus, having to take his first ever day off! Looking back now as adults we see how hard our Dad worked and continues to do so. 2003 was a significant year for our family, to say the least. Dad had to undergo a life-saving heart transplant and his recovery took a toll on the family. Dad had to learn to walk again and oddly began to like avocados; we were definitely amused by that one!
It was always a dream of my Dad’s to bring back tradition by supplying Cantabrians with milk in glass bottles, as his father did. The second generation wanted this to become a reality and with this, Canterbury’s Choice was established. We have gone full circle, putting A2 milk into glass bottles and delivering it all across Canterbury just as they did.
From our family to yours, we pride ourselves in bringing farm fresh A2 milk to Kiwis. Bringing back the milkman, the glass bottle and most importantly, the cream on top we all remember.
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