Brief History

Ed and Aileen

We Go Way Back


Many years have passed since the first Holstein came to Edaleen Dairy. Established in 1975 by Ed and Aileen Brandsma, the dairy started as a small family business. As you can see, the name came from combining ‘Ed and Aileen’.

Diligence and work ethic have led the dairy operation to evolve throughout the years. Edaleen now encompasses more than 80 employees. Edaleen now has the facilities to raise and milk its own cows. Today the dairy’s herd has grown to more than 2,500 milking Holstein cows.  


Edaleen has established a dairy plant where the processing and distribution of its milk and ice cream take place.   Fresh milk is processed and shipped out daily to stores across Washington and Oregon.   More than 30 flavors of ice cream are made in the plant and are available for purchase in our stores and at many convenience stores throughout Whatcom County.


Edaleen Dairy has stores located in Lynden, Washington and Sumas, Washington,  which offer fresh premium ice cream, milk, whipping cream, as well as other ‘convenience’ products, such as butter, eggs, and cheese, to local customers.