Dakin Dairy Farm-Wholesome Food and Fun

Dakin Dairy Farm, Wholesome Food and Fun in a Rural Setting

Established in 1973, Dakin Dairy Farm is located on Betts Road, off SR 70, east of Bradenton, Florida. No true seeker of Finding Florida would overlook the state’s rural areas and since there are only 150 dairies still in operation in the state of Florida, this producer of superior dairy products should be high on the list of “must-see’s”.

The family-operated dairy embraces old-fashioned values coupled with today’s technology and modern farming practices. Some milk is bottled on site, some is sent for processing in Miami.

Dakin DairyDakin Dairy Farm is a “sustainable farm” and composts its own fields. Mixing the grasses (harvested twice daily), homegrown hay and fresh grains creates a diet rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin D & E. The cows are closely monitored by a qualified nutritionist, for optimum health for the cow and more nutritious milk for the consumer. The CLAs (conjugated linoleic acids) are natural cancer inhibitors and improve healthy milk-fats. The proof is in the taste, deemed sweeter and high above that of competitors, large or small. An added benefit is a creamier texture.Dakin Dairy Farm/Organic Approach

The Dakin family takes an organic approach to dairy farming, allowing the cows to come in for milking as they choose. The philosophy is that when cows are allowed to set the pace according to their instincts, stress is reduced and milk production increases.



The on-site farm market carries a full line of milk products, honey from local bees, homemade ice cream, and small gifts. Milk choices range from whole, 2%, 1%, fat-free, and chocolate milk. Cream, heavy or half & half, is also available, as is eggnog and orange juice. All products are 100% all natural, with no artificial ingredients.

Milk can be purchased at the Dakin Dairy Farm itself or statewide at Whole Foods stores, as well as local Sweetbay grocery stores. Additionally, over 150 local restaurants and farm stores offer Dakin Dairy Farm products, as well.

Milk products are not all that Dakin Dairy Farm sells, though! Compost (15 yards or more) is also available for purchase, as are bull calves (heifer calves are not for sale).

Educational and hands-on “Agri-Tours” and school field trips are available October through April. Visitors can see the process of milk production from cow to bottle, take an informative hayride (or the cow train!) through the ranch, and bottle-feed a calf. Autumn brings additional treats of corn and hay mazes, and, for those interested, fossil digs. Birthday parties are a popular choice. Don’t miss out on one of their picnics for a true Myakka City experience, where you can order up anything from boiled peanuts to pulled pork sandwiches to S’Mores over a campfire.

For those seeking a rural Florida experience, Dakin Dairy Farm in Myakka City is a good place to start. Y’all come visit, they’ll make you welcome.

Additional photos may be seen at Julie North Photography (permission granted), whose daughter has become so accustomed to the taste of Dakin milk that she thought a competitor’s had gone bad!







4 thoughts on “Dakin Dairy Farm-Wholesome Food and Fun

  1. suzanne

    my sister moved to Bradenton in 1977, then after a year or so there, moved to Sarastoa before finally moving back home to PA in the late 1980s. When first visiting her i was surprised at the farms i saw as well as cattle and horses as i only thought of Florida as sun, sand and ocean—or Walt Disney World—what a surprise! I’m going to ask her if she knew of Dakin Dairy products.

    1. Connie K Post author

      Oh my gosh, Suzanne, we could have met years ago! She’ll probably recognize “Myakka City” before she’d recall “Dakin Dairy”. Let me know what she says!

  2. Susan R

    While reading this article last night, I kept thinking I had seen the Dakin brand in a store here since it was so familiar to me. I had never bought it before, but was excited to do so after reading this article, although I was skeptical that the milk would be shipped so far. Dakin milk sounds so delicious and wholesome! Well, I googled “Dakin milk” with the name of my city and no stores came up in the search result. Phooey!

    When I went online tonight, I was tempted to google again. Surely, Dakin milk must be available here. Why else would I have heard of the name? After giving it some thought for a couple minutes, an indistinct memory surfaced in my brain: the Dakin name on the hang tag of a stuffed animal. Sure enough, when I googled “Dakin stuffed animals,” all sorts of results came up.

    Ha ha, so that explains it. At least I can rest easy, now that I know why the Dakin name is so familiar to me. But, I am very disappointed that Dakin milk is not available in my area.

    1. Connie K Post author

      I think it’s only available in FL, Susan, but they may still have a dairy in Maine. Not sure. I’ll ask the next time I go out there. Or….a good excuse to come for a visit????? :)

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