– Ben Martens

Carnation Evaporated Milk

The other day I was wandering through the grocery store looking for some sweetened condensed milk and when I saw the “Carnation” brand, something clicked and I realized there was a big Nestle farm in the town of Carnation, WA. I ride past it on one of my favorite motorcycle loops.

A quick search reveals that the tie between Carnation milk and Carnation, WA is very tight. The original company started a few minutes south of here in Kent, WA but the main farm was built in what is now Carnation, WA. In the early 1900s, the farm was supposed to be a home for contented cows which produced better milk. The farm was located just outside Tolt, WA and the town was renamed Carnation, WA in honor of the company.

In 1985, Nestle acquired the Carnation company. The old farm was later turned into a training center for the company and then in 2008 it became a camp for children with serious and life threatening illnesses.

I’ll never look at that can of Carnation milk the same way again!