A farmer who owns a 300-year-old cream-line dairy farm has been working around the clock bottling his own milk after he was told by his processor to dump it.
Ben Brown has been keeping the American spirit alive by bottling his milk himself when his processor told him they could no longer buy it, and locals have been lining up in huge numbers to support him and his farm.
Whoa Nellie Dairy farm has been going strong since the 1700s providing high quality cream-line milk. Some of it gets sold on-site at the farm, but most of it gets sold to a dairy processor who pastuerizes and bottles it for local markets and restaurants.
Faced with the prospect of having to dump hundreds of gallons of milk each week until his 70 miking cows dry up, he decided to make sure the milk didn’t go to waste.
Brown began pasteurizing the milk himself using his 30-gallon vat before bottling it up.
He put out a post on Facebook to let his followers know that the farm would open up for additional hours to sell the milk directly to consumers, which resulted in an overwhelming response.
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The line of people that came to buy his milk was over 20-deep for many hours.
One customer said,
“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.”
On the first day they sold out within hours and it’s been the same every day since. If any milk is leftover at the end of the day, they donate to to local charities.
“I hate waste, and I don’t want to dump milk. People can use it, and I still have to pay my bills,” Brown said.
Brown and his family had barely been scraping by for the past few years, and it looked like the current lockdown was going to be the end of them.
They have done so well with the recent sales that they were able to purchase a second 45-gallon pasteurization vat, so Brown won’t have to stay up all night processing it any more.