Most dairy farmers ship raw milk to a processor who turns it into a finished product like cheese, ice cream or yogurt. A small percent of dairy farmers have processing facilities on their farm where they can process milk into a finished product ready for retail sale.
Purchasing food locally and knowing who produced it continues to be a strong trend. We wanted to visit some dairy farms who process their own products to see how it's done.
Brunton Dairy, located in Aliquippa, PA, is a family farm that dates back to 1832. This dairy farm and milk processing facility is owned and operated by family members.
|This sign let us know we arrived at Brunton's farm|
|Herb Brunton talks with my husband, Lad, in the barn at Brunton Dairy|
|The milk case at the Brunton Dairy on-farm store|
|Brunton's delivers milk to your door; these trucks hit the road 6 days a week to make deliveries|
Windy Ridge Dairy, located in Fombell, PA, is a family owned and operated Jersey dairy. They milk cows, grow crops, process their own milk, ice cream and natural tea and operate an on-farm store.
|Windy Ridge Dairy is home to the Fisher family and their beautiful Jersey cows|
|Chris Fisher in front of her on-farm milk processing plant|
|Their store sells milk, ice cream, and tea made on the farm along with other products|
We also stopped by Baker's Golden Dairy to purchase some of their milk to sample. They are one of the only dairy farms in Ohio that bottle their own milk on-farm. Baker's offer a variety of milk flavors. The cookies and cream and banana were my favorites.
This is a sampling of what we brought home. . . .