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Our History

A Story That Began In 1927

A Little Dairy in Downey City

Cultivated from the ground up at the hardworking hands of immigrant entrepreneurs, Rockview Family Farms is a piece of California’s agricultural history and a living picture of the American Dream.

It all started 89 years ago, when an Irish immigrant named Bob Hops opened a small dairy in what was then called “Downey City”—a little town situated in the sprawling California farmlands of the early nineteenth century. Five years later, the industrious McCandless brothers bought the company, growing it to include six drive-in dairy stores, 70 home delivery routes, and a wholesale division with eight routes.

A Legacy of Excellence<br> Still Alive Today

A Legacy of Excellence
Still Alive Today

When the small company began to struggle in the early 1960s, another immigrant entrepreneur—this time from Holland—was watching the trouble unfold while running his own farm to supply milk to Rockview. In 1965, believing old-country hard work could rescue the young operation, this farmer and our grandfather, Pete DeGroot, bought the company and set to work fixing things.

More than 50 years later, the only things that have changed are the number of farms we own, facilities we operate, and products we offer.

Rockview is still run by the DeGroot family, and is one of Southern California’s few remaining family-owned and -operated fluid milk operations. We still own our farms and cows, and we’re still committed to that same old-world hard work and customer service.

Raised On Rockview

Did you know? Southern California children have been drinking Rockview milk at school for over 44 years.

Historical Flavor Meets Famous Fun!

Did you know? You’ll find Rockview Milk at some of Southern California’s favorite and most famous theme parks.

“Just wanted to say thanks for providing my preferred milk for the last 45 years. Other brands may match the nutrition label but not the taste”

–Greg M., Lake Elsinore, CA


Tell us, what is your dairy or non-dairy beverage of choice?? 👇🏼🥛 Our enthusiasm for weekends is only matched by our enthusiasm for chocolate milk 😋🍫🥛 It’s National Ice Cream month and we are HERE FOR IT! 🙌🏼🍦🙌🏼 Tell us, what’s your favorite flavor? Best tasting OJ around! 🍊 Nothing says Fourth of July like a patriotic pie! 🇺🇸🥧 Swipe for the most important ingredient 😉 . . . 📸 from @kingarthurflour Are your tomatoes starting to ripen on the vine already? 🌱Use your bounty for soup and elevate your recipe with dairy. From soup to bisque is a snap--a little cream makes all the difference. If your crop hasn’t come through yet, you can make a canned soup fancy the same way—just mix in milk instead of water 🍅🥛🥣 Happy National Ice-Cream month! Why not celebrate with a no-churn patriotic scoop from @itsalwaysautumnblog 😋🍦🇺🇸 That’s a good looking grocery cart 🛒 🥑🥦🥛 Thanks for sharing @ketoforclarity! Freshest taste around 👌🏼 Delivering farm fresh milk to a store near you! 🚛🚚 (Safely) snap and post a picture of one of our trucks on the road this week and we will send you a @grocery_outlet gift card! What did the buttermilk say to the refrigerator? Close the door, I’m dressing! Buttermilk dressing screams summer freshness! On a salad or as a dip, you’ll want to eat it with a spoon. 🥄(Go ahead, we won’t shame you!) Check out a tasty buttermilk recipe in our profile 😋 Want to spruce up your favorite recipes for baked goods? 🍪🥞🧁 Use Buttermilk instead of regular milk. It’s not just good for pancakes! Even if you use a box mix the buttermilk will make it special.