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DeJong's Dairy Gives Final Tour Of The Season

The last tour signifies high-production mode for Wildomar's historic dairy.

Seventy-five kids and adults from across the Southland streamed into Wednesday morning to experience firsthand the workings of a real farm.

Visitors got to feed cows and calves, spend time in the milking barn, watch the bottling process, and sample cookies and DeJong's famous chocolate milk.

“We have been booked solid on tours for two months,” said guide and family member Dana DeJong. “Every Friday in April and May we have done mostly school tours, and we do other tours on Tuesday and Wednesday. Today was the last one of the season.”

Sean Ferreiro, a Lake Elsinore resident, brought his 4-year-old son, Michael, to the dairy. He said he wanted to provide his boy with some “environmental awareness training, to allow him to have a more organic perspective on life, rather than just asphalt, concrete and time clocks.”

DeJong’s, owned by namesake Henry, has been operating in Wildomar since 1958. The family started out with one cow and seven DeJong kids at this 30-acre location.

The dairy doesn’t deliver milk and doesn’t advertise, but due to word of mouth the place is no hidden secret.

DeJong’s produces 500 gallons of milk a day, with cows giving 8 to 10 gallons from two daily milkings. Milk products the dairy sells include regular, 2 percent, and “the best chocolate milk in the world,” according to 10-year-old Jocelin Forby of Wildomar. She and her friend Madison Buffa were at the dairy Wednesday and have decided they are “telling everybody about it.”

Spencer Harris, 6, was at the farm with his grandmother, Susan Benz, a Wildomar resident and regular DeJong’s customer. Spencer said he likes stopping in “because I can feed the animals and get a 50/50 bar here.” 

“I buy all our dairy products here,” Benz added.

An added bonus for Benz on Wednesday: Buy one gallon of milk, get one free.

Henry said DeJong’s small-scale production results in a product not found on big-box grocery shelves.

“(It) is the closest you can get to organic,” he said.

 

 

 

Diana June 02, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Herman DeJong and his family are such awesome people they give and do so much for our community.
DEBBIE YANTA June 03, 2011 at 02:31 AM
GREAT STORY, JANICE, WE HAVE BOUGHT THEIR MILK FOR YEARS. I ALSO WORKED AT STATER BROS. WITH DANA DEJONG. I THOUGHT SHE LEFT THE "FARM" FOR OTHER THINGS. THE PHOTO WITH THE COWS ALL LINED UP AND THE LITTLE BOY STANDING IN FRONT IS WONDERFUL. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THEY GAVE TOURS. GUESS IWILL HAVE TO WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR, HAHA.
J Carabine June 03, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Yep, the tours are over now for this year, however, there is a couple of calves on site and THE BEST CHOCOLATE MILK in the world ;) . I also buy my hay and chicken feed, dog food and wild bird seed there.
tavy ban June 03, 2011 at 01:34 PM
It's organic, that's great!!
J Carabine June 03, 2011 at 02:24 PM
(It) is the closest you can get to organic,” he said
Dana DeJong June 05, 2011 at 03:13 AM
We are not organic in order to be organic your cows have to be at pasture for 6 months out of the year and no antibiotics if they are sick. We don't believe in this. If our cows are sick we give them medicine to get better just like we do for ourselves. We don't let them suffer. They get put in a separate pen from the other cows and we pour their milk out. Also it takes alot of land to feed cows for 6 months and we don't have the resources. We feed them hay of high quality and grain. If you feed your cows good food you get good milk, if you feed them junk you get junky milk. We take great pride in what we feed our cows and how we treat them.
J Carabine June 05, 2011 at 04:28 AM
Dana, thank you for clarifying that. Henry told us it was not but it is the closest thing to it ;). It is yummy regardless:). I did not know that fact about sick cows :(. I think the cows at Dejong's are definately happy cows :):)
Gary D. brown June 07, 2011 at 09:48 PM
We love Dejongs chocolate milk. We also buy our feed for are animals at Dejong's. Herman and his family are just great friends and great member of the valley.
Marian Carabine June 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM
A great idea to visit deJong's and show children where milk actually comes from. I remember seeing a cartoon in the New Yorker years ago depicting a young Mom and tot out for a walk and came across five or six milk bottles in an empty lot. The tot said 'look Mummy, I found a cow's nest'.
J Carabine June 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Hilarious ;).. love it. Wish I could send you some of thier chocolate milk.. you'll just have to visit ;)
Erin novosad September 20, 2011 at 09:39 PM
I have been a Details Jones fan since 1975, never ever disappointed w their product or service.I was there today and got my milk as always. I do however, wish they'd fix the clock! The clock at the entrance...
Erin novosad September 20, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Oops, De Jongs!
Cathy September 20, 2011 at 10:43 PM
My daughter is actually dairy intolerant and the ONLY milk she can drink is DeJong's. I am usually in there at least twice a week buying 4 gallons at a time. My family loves you guys..You have no idea how much we miss you guys when we travel.
Cathy September 20, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Oh and, when we have family and friends come to visit from Riverside and Santa Ana, they always stop and buy milk for the trip home. You guys are the best!!!

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