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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


In the days of instacart, ubereats and online shopping, anyone wish they could go back to the simplicity of a drive-in dairy? Milk✔️ Eggs ✔️ 6-pack ✔️ Friendly face ✔️ Snack for the ride home ✔️ School is finally back in full swing after a long winter holiday and we’re happily providing milk to hundreds of schools in California. — A break from routine (like a few weeks off) can make it hard for kids to focus and get back into the rhythm, but nourishing them right is a great start! — We’re sharing a blog post on the 9 Essential Nutrients School Milk Gives Kids - the link is in our bio! #rockviewfamilyfarms #schoolmilk #kidsnutrition #protein #healthyfoodforkids #calcium #potassium #cleaneatingkids Happy Thursday from this happy cow! 🐮🌾 . . . #cowsofinstagram #cows #milk #rockviewfamilyfarms #farmlife Did you know that only 20% of New Years Resolutions make it past February?? That’s a sad statistic! All the more reason to set goals and intentions that are realistic for you and things you actually want to do. — EXAMPLE: Drink more Rockview chocolate milk 💪🏼🍫🥛 HAPPY NATIONAL WHIPPED CREAM DAY! 🍓 Probably the best food-related fake holiday there is in our opinion... because what isn’t made better with a little whipped cream?? . . . #nationalwhippedcreamday #whippedcream #dairy #makeitbetter #rockviewfamilyfarms From weight loss, to health benefits, to money saving... there are a lot of reasons to keep milk in your diet in 2019!# 💪🏼🥛🚴🏽‍♂️ Click the link our profile for 19 great reasons to keep drinking Rockview milk! . . . #rockviewfamilyfarms #milk #newyearsresolution #newyearnewme #dairy #weightloss It’s the last day of 2018!! 🙌🏼 — Looking back, we’re grateful for our customers, employees and supporters that make Rockview Family Farms what it is. — Looking ahead to 2019, we are staying committed to the family values that define our business. We are also eager to make a few changes, new products, new faces on our team, new opportunities to give back. — Thanks for helping make 2018 great!! A 15 minute bike ride totally justified this delicious recovery beverage, right?? 🚲 🍫🥛 #rockviewfamilyfarms #chocolatemilk #recoverydrink #protein #treatyourself #getoutside #newyearsresolution Make sure you've got Rockview Milk in the fridge for Santa! 🎅🏼🍪🥛 5 Reasons Why Rockview Milk is His Favorite: 1️⃣He is NOT lactose-intolerant 2️⃣He appreciates quality and can TASTE the difference! 3️⃣Our Milk is full of essential nutrients that keep him fueled all night long🎁 4️⃣Since our milk is local, it stays fresh longer - so even if he arrives late it will still be good on the mantel ;) 5️⃣He is a single-man operation and loves supporting family business! Whose presents are wrapped and ready?? 🎄🐄🎁 — POLL: Do you put them under the tree now or wait for Santa? 🎅🏼 Honored to be part of the 2018 Warrior Center Toy Drive! 🎅🏼👫🐻 #toydrive #santalovesmilk #chocolatemilk #giveback #rockviewfamilyfarms A fifth generation Rockview family member made this sweet gingerbread house today - we think it couldn’t be more perfect! 🍭🎅🏼🏡