My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

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Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by RGreaff » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:11 pm

Thank you for starting this. I was born in Fresno in 1967 and went to Vinland before moving to the Bay Area. I remember having empty milk bottles in the garage. We also did field trips there in school. I always look at Antique shops for the old milk bottles. I go there now to see my daughter who graduated from Fresno State and Fresno has changed so much. I miss the simpler times.

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by Elizabird » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:57 pm

We lived in the Mayfair district near Cedar and McKinley, so went up Cedar to Harpains with a wire carrier basket and our empties. As I recall, we always swapped out 4 glass bottles per visit, and when Daddy felt generous, one extra bottle was the magical chocolate milk. Sometimes ice cream cones too. On summer evenings the smell of alfalfa, cows and treats clinking or dripping meant Friday after work or school...and a whole Saturday cartoon morning to eat our Chex or Kix with some of that good milk. I still miss glass bottles and the sound they made full and empty, both. And the smell of Mr. Harpain's ladies all black and white in their barn...we were the richest kids on the block, weren't we?

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by Neil Sporin » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:23 pm

Well, I lived directly across the street from the dairy for many years and went to school with John and Jeff. I have been in the buggies, in the monkey cage, and eventually rode the rooster which was incredibly difficult. I thank you for having this thread, as it brought back a ton of memories.
Side note - John and I were playing with matches one day and lit the dump area on fire (on accident). I will never forget the calm Walt asking his son, "did you light that?", to which his son immediately said "No Dad". Walt walked up to him, reached in and pulled the matches out of his son's front pocket, saying, "Jeff (me), you should probably go home now."

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by melishus63 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:01 pm

One of my good childhood memories was going to Harpain's to buy milk and getting an ice cream cone too. My family lived just off Cedar, near the dairy from 1975-1978. Funny memory of my Dad getting spat on by the llama (my Dad ignored the sign warning that you shouldn't stand to close to the fence because of the spitting llama). my sister and I just about died laughing. I was 13. The Harpain's son's went to the same school as we did. They were blond and cute. I may have had a crush.

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by Lost Fresno » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:12 am

In this Fresno Bee article from 1970, it talks about the farm being continued by Walt's son after he passed away 2 years prior. It also includes a great over all history of the farm and how it came about. Be sure to click the article to enlarge!
Fresno Bee - June 7, 1970 / Click to Enlarge

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by Lost Fresno » Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:32 am

Long live the memory of Harpain's Dairy (got our milk there every week back in the day)

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by sjvalleydave » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:17 pm

I think Belmont Farms was the last! Great chocolate milk...@38brown...Valley Childrens was at Millbrook and Shields, not Clinton...

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by bugherder » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:27 pm

My family moved to Fresno in 1971 or so. For awhile we lived near Radio Park. My dad would take us to Harpain's to get chocolate milk and other stuff. I remember the giant rooster. It seemed a lot bigger than this one, but I was a lot smaller, and maybe it was mounted on top of something. When I grew up, for awhile I tested dairy products in a lab. There were a few independent dairy bottlers left by that time, in the late 80's, early 90's, but I think they're all gone now. Belmont Farms might have been the last one. I loved Harpain's, even though I don't even remember what all I loved about it. I think I remember being able to pet the livestock. You can still sometimes find the old bottles at Fresno Ag Hardware.
Fresno Bee - Oct. 9, 1963 / Click to Enlarge

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by Lost Fresno » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:59 am

I saw this photo on Flicker and the poster wondering if this was the rooster that stood at the entrance of the Harpain Petting Zoo but I have no memory of it.
harpains petting zoo rooster.jpg

Re: My Memories of Harpain’s Dairy

Post by organistspouse » Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:12 pm

I, too, tagged along with mom when she purchased our milk at Harpain's. I don't remember much about the dairy, but I remember their products were superior.
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