If you crave delicious farm-fresh milk from Evergreen Farm, there’s no need to wait for the seasonal farmers markets to reopen in the spring. The small-scale dairy in Middleton, Tennessee, has a milk route every Wednesday that begins in Bolivar at 8 a.m. and ends in East Memphis six hours later.
“We come down Highway 64 and stop along the way,” says Walt Haybert, who operates the dairy with his wife, Jan, and son, also named Walt.
More specifically, Haybert drives his colorful green trunk (look for the charming cow graphics) through Somerville and Hickory Withe before local stops at the Harley Davidson stores on Whitten Road (9:45 a.m.) and Byhalia Road (11:30 a.m.), Memphis OB-GYN in front of St. Francis (10:05 a.m.), Panera Bread in Cordova (10:30 a.m.), Las Tortugas in Germantown (10:15 a.m.), Whole Foods Market (1 p.m.), and Memphis Botanic Gardens (1:30 p.m.). Check the dairy’s website for a more detailed listing of the route.
Don’t be late, because each stop is quick — 10 to 20 minutes — but there’s still plenty of time to chat with Walt and pick up the dairy’s raw milk (whole or skim), butter, cream, half and half, and eggs. Be sure to message ahead so Haybert can stock the truck with your order.
I caught up with Haybert at the Whole Foods stop, but I had to hunt around a little because his truck is actually parked across from Malco’s Paradiso in the parking lot next to Whole Foods. For 15 minutes, there was a steady stream of customers, including adorable Marcelo, pictured above recycling his egg carton. Haybert hopes to attract even more customers when he adds pasteurized milk to the dairy’s product line.
“We’ve got approval, and the equipment’s in, so we should have pasteurized milk by mid-February,” Haybert said.