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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


Since 1996, Food on Foot has been assisting the homeless people of Los Angeles with hot, nutritious meals every Sunday and a new life off the streets. — Food on Foot's Work for Food program empowers homeless people by helping them earn their way off the streets as fully-employed and self-sustaining members of society. Graduates from this program earn a full-time job, housing, a life-skills education, and the confidence needed to make their accomplishments long-lasting. LIKE or SHARE this post to raise money for @foodonfootla! (See last post for details) Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away and your feed is full of delicious recipes to fill your table. While planning your holiday meal, take a second to help support those facing food scarcity. — Since 1996, Food on Foot has been assisting the homeless people of Los Angeles with hot, nutritious meals every Sunday and a new life off the streets. — Like/Comment our Food on Foot LA photos between today November 13th and Friday November 16th to show your support! Every like will result in a $1 donation to Food on Foot. Every repost (on page or in stories) will result in a $3 donation to Food on Foot up to $1000! This is for all you Eggnog lovers (and Pumpkin Spice Latte lovers too)! 🍂 Announcing our NEW Pumpkin Spice Eggnog available exclusively at local @99centsonly stores!!! Hopping on instagram to ask you a very important question - do you love eggnog?? Tell us below or answer our poll in stories! #eggnog #holidaynog #rockvieweggnog #tistheseason #eggnogseason #rockviewfamilyfarms Milk Mustache Monday! 💪🏼🥛👨🏼 (Image from @thenewyorker) We love our local schools! How cute are the students at Old River Elementary with their Rockview lunch bags? 🍎👜👫 Here they are! Our top 10 Trick-or-Treating tips! Happy Halloween! 🕷🍭🎃🐮🍬🥛 1️⃣Bring your mom home her favorite candy - sugar her up so she will let you eat more treats! 2️⃣Stay in a group and communicate your plans so no one gets lost. 3️⃣Bring a bucket, bag or empty milk carton to carry your treats home in. 4️⃣Go to a gated community or fancy neighborhood that passes out full sized-candy bars! 5️⃣Don't let your kids in stranger's homes unattended. 6️⃣Be safe crossing the street - neon and reflective costumes are a bonus (and awesome!!) 7️⃣"Barter" with your friends at the end of the night to trade the candy you don't like as much for your favorite! 8️⃣If you're a parent who would prefer your kids not eat tons of sugar, try having a toy or fun activity to "trade" with! 9️⃣Don't have a costume? Dress as a cow and tag us! 🔟Wash down your candy with a large glass of Rockview milk! the protein and fat will help balance blood sugar and IT WILL TASTE GREAT! We’re compiling Trick-or-Treating tips and tricks to share tomorrow... leave yours in the comments below! 👇🏼🎃🍬🍭 #trickortreat #trickortreating #parenttips #rockviewfamilyfarms Happy Friday everyone! 🐮🇺🇸🌾 #farmlife #farm #dairy #rockviewfamilyfarms #lifeonthefarms #milk Halloween is a WEEK away! Tell us in comments, what are you (or your kids) dressing up as this year? 🎃 #halloweencostume #halloween #dressup #rockviewfamilyfarms #cowsofinstagram Shared some of our NEW almond beverage at the Cardenas Festival yesterday! 🌳 We love the nutrients dairy provides but I understand people are looking for other options due to allergies or lifestyle choices so Rockview Farms now has something for everyone. Stay tuned for more info on these offerings! Taking a minute to remember our roots! 👨🏼‍🌾🥛🚐 #flashbackfriday #milk #driveindairy #legacy #familyownedbusiness #fourgenerations #rockviewfamilyfarms