We love sharing heartfelt stories and this one is no different. This Pennsylvania dairy farmer spent night and day to bottle his own cow milk instead of dump it out. The support for this was overwhelming.
First, a little background. Whoa Nellie Dairy farm in Pennsylvania has been around since the 1700s. It has been providing high-quality, cream-line milk right from the start of the farm.
It has been in the family since the 1700s as well. Ben Brown and his wife Mary bought the farm from his parents just four years ago. The farm has been just “barely scraping by” for a few years as Ben shared with a local newspaper.
When the virus hit, he thought that it would be the end of his farm and was afraid. The farm has been in his family since the 1700s and he didn’t want to lose it.
Recently, his dairy processor told Ben that he wouldn’t be purchasing his milk anymore and that Ben would need to dump the milk.
Ben could not bear the thought of dumping hundreds of gallons each week until his cows dried up. He sold some of his milk in a local store, but the majority had gone to his dairy processor.
Instead of dumping, Ben spent day and night pasteurizing all his milk and bottling it up himself to sell in his store. He opened the store for longer hours and shared about it on Facebook.
He would pasteurize the milk in small batches in his 30-gallon vat and then bottle it up.
When they shared on Facebook what was going on and what would happen, the result was outstanding.
Locals lined up every day to buy the milk. There was always a line of about 20 customers waiting to get into the store to get the milk.
One customer shared, “I know their uncle, Larry Basinger, and we want to help the Brown family through this. We’re going to buy 10 gallons. I have orders from our whole family.”
They sold out within hours and have been selling out almost every day since they started. On the days they don’t sell out, they donate the milk to local charities.
Ben said, “I hate waste, and I don’t want to dump milk. People can use it, and I still have to pay my bills,”
Just two weeks ago, Ben was able to buy another 45-gallon pasteurization vat. With this, he doesn’t have to stay up all night to pasteurize the milk anymore.
People will do anything to help out their friends and family. This Pennsylvania dairy farmer did the right thing with his milk and others followed to show their support.