A senior in high school, Amy Cramer began working at Dairy Delivery part-time in 1988. At only 17 years old, she had no idea that one day she would be the president and owner of that company.
Dairy Delivery has been delivering local natural foods and dairy products in the greater California Northern Bay Area since 1978. Some of their brands include Clover Sonoma, Redwood Hill Farm, Straus Family Creamery, and Wallaby Organic. The company purchases already packaged products from various manufacturers and resells them to retailers.
Cramer, who was born and raised in Sonoma County said that although she didn’t grow up in the ag community, her husband and co-owner of Dairy Delivery, Daren, grew up on a family farm in Petaluma, was a 4-H member, and has always somehow been involved in some kind of agriculture locally.
It is important to the Cramers that Dairy Delivery is a Sonoma County Farm Bureau member because both she and her husband realize the attributes of family farms. “They signify that the family dynamic of being a part of your heritage is still a vital and important piece of all legacies. It seems to be a dying breed of sorts but we believe it is and always should be the backbone of society,” said Cramer, “Without farms, our company would have never started or be able to continue.”
Although Dairy Delivery isn’t the largest distributor in the business, their impeccable reputation for good customer service and reliable delivery schedules has rewarded the Cramers with great success.
Dairy Delivery’s mission is to uphold the best of quality standards in both delivery, warehousing, and customer satisfaction. Cramer said that her top priorities are to have good quality products, good customers and retail outlets, and to take care of Dairy Delivery’s employees.
When asked what her favorite part of the job is, Amy said, “I take pride in knowing that all the hard work we put in keeps so many families with a good life. Life is hard and seeing our employees grow their families or do simple things like buying new cars, makes me happy. It reminds me that even though we have grown and faced many challenges, we are doing good for the people that are doing good for us.”
The company was founded by Susan Matthewman who moved to Sonoma County from New York. Originally, she provided locally sourced duck eggs and goat milk from family farms to small stores and co-ops in the Sonoma County area. As demand grew for local, clean, natural products, so did Dairy Delivery’s list of products as well as their territory.
Cramer said that mentorship from Dairy Delivery’s founder Matthewman was invaluable to her growth, development, and eventual ability to take over the company.
Dairy Delivery was one of the first trucks to take Clover Sonoma Farms to stores in the Bay area. This is one of the company’s proudest achievements. Today, the company is Clover Sonoma’s longest and largest distributor.
Dairy Delivery has been a longtime Farm Bureau member and a major supporter of the Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest. In fact, Dairy Delivery has been a top sponsor of the locally famous Sonoma County Farm Bureau crab feed event since 2017.
“We support Farm Bureau because it supports us,” said Cramer, “Farm Bureau keeps everyone abreast of changes with the agriculture world, promotes the good things that are happening. Not many do that any longer. Farm Bureau supports and helps the younger generations stay engaged in what is happening and will happen in generations to come. There doesn’t seem to be much of that anymore.”