National Geographic : 1955 Apr
489 + Day's Work Done, Tenerife Milkmaids Ride Home in Style Hillside farms and villages rim the port of Santa Cruz, capital of Tenerife. Milkmaids in broad-brimmed straw hats walk down to town each morning, balancing cans of milk on heads and shoulders. Their product sold, they board a bus for the uphill ride home. Usually the milk is warmed and mixed with grain meal to form a paste, mainstay of the islanders' diet. Cows Deliver Milk * on the Hoof Americans who complain that processing, handling, and deliv ery charges boost milk prices too high might find inspiration on the island of Grand Ca nary. Farmers daily drive cows through the streets of Las Pal mas and deliver a warm, frothy bowl to each customer. "It may be old-fashioned," this dairyman told the Shors, "but I've never had a customer complain that the milk wasn't fresh!"