BLUE CREEK DAIRY FARM

Our Story

Stacy was raised in Spokane, and has family that settled in the Chewelah region in 1891. He grew up riding milk trucks with his father, and in that way learned a lot about the dairy history and industry in the Inland Empire and Washington in general. As a teenager he also worked on dairy farms.
Stacy in a milk crate as a toddler. They get them started early in the Thomas family!

Playing in the dirt as a child was just more prep for being a farmer!

In 1999, Stacy joined the U.S. Coast Guard at seventeen, with the intention of getting his CDL at 21 and driving milk trucks. Along the way he met Virginia, and decided to make a career out of the military. Every transfer has been a great opportunity to visit different areas of the country and many dairy farms. It has also allowed time to pick up hard-to-find pieces for our small dairy.

At 1st unit in Alaska helping install a shore navigation beacon.

On the bridge of CGC ALERT where one of his main duties was conning the ship.

As part of a training team aboard a buoy tender in 2010.

Virginia hails from a line of farmers and fishermen in Eastern North Carolina. We met in 2002 while both serving in the USCG, and married in 2003.

Virginia was a big tomboy growing up. Played in the dirt then and now!

The proud couple right before marriage in 2003.

Underway on CGC MOBILE BAY while a 3rd Class Quartermaster (navigation).

With each military transfer we seek out dairies to learn and create new friendships. We've also been fortunate to find small-scale dairy equipment that we squirrel away for our dairy.

Stacy chatting with Jeff Brown at Dungeness Valley Creamery in Sequim, WA.

Gary Burkhalter discussing organic dairy regulations with Stacy in Rosburg, WA.

Anne Perchard talking to Virginia about dairying on Jersey Island, UK.

For years we thought about different dairy enterprises until settling on an all Jersey producer-handler model. We bought the land for Blue Creek Dairy Farm in 2010, and were certified Organic in 2013. Until Stacy's retirement in 2020, we will continue to build up our farm from scratch and seek out other dairies to learn from.

On in the land for the first time in 2010.

Building the pole barn in 2013.

Once up and running, we plan to milk about 12 Jersey cows and deliver locally in the Chewelah area. We hope that our farm and experiences will provide information to others who want to start small producer-handler dairies. Please feel free to contact us with questions and suggestions.

Dairy Heritage

Stacy's Great-Grandfather Joe Q. Holmes and his milk cows, Pansy and Rose.

Joe and his wife, Ruby, worked their way out west from Nebraska, eventually farming in Rosalia, Washington and later in Post Falls, Idaho.

George Thomas

Beginning in 1946, Stacy’s grandfather, George Thomas, starting hauling milk from dairy farms in eastern Washington and northern Idaho to the Carnation Company milk plant in Spokane.
In 1947, he bought a milk route from E.E. Erickson and named his company “Priest River Milk Express.”  It was incorporated in 1973 as “T & T Milk Transport” when Stacy’s dad, Daniel Thomas, joined the company. Dan grew up riding in milk trucks with his Father and started in the business after graduating from Eastern Washington University.

Dan Thomas

One of Dan’s trucks was even featured on the cover of the February 1983 edition of Milk & Liquid Food Transporter magazine.  The photo was taken on Lincoln Hill, west of Spokane in 1982 by Stacy’s mom, Carolyn Fay.
Like his father, Stacy grew up riding on milk trucks and logged many miles all across Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Here Stacy helps pick up milk from a small dairy near Cheney, Washington in 2005.
In 2008, Wilcox Family Farms, for whom Stacy’s family was hauling milk, closed its dairy operations.  This left the family without any milk routes and the milk trucks were sold.