Got milk? Beaver County certainly does. And one of the best dairy farms in Pennsylvania has been in our county for almost two centuries: Brunton Dairy.
The family-owned farm is located on 200 sprawling acres in Independence Township. What makes Brunton Dairy unique is that they are in their seventh generation of family members who own and operate the farm. Brothers James, Ed and Herb Brunton run the dairy that dates back to 1832.
The current trend of farm-to-table is nowhere more evident than Brunton’s. All of the milk that is bottled and sold comes from dairy cows that graze the fertile grounds of Beaver County. The milk is bottled in half gallon glass bottles.
Consumers can visit the farm on Ridge Road in Independence to purchase the milk, or stop by one of the vendors who sell it, or simply have it delivered to your front door.
Brunton Dairy offers what most dairies don’t, and that is home delivery, generally within a 15 mile radius of the farm. This is a throwback to the “good ‘ole days” when milk was commonly delivered to your doorstep.
Brunton’s is one of the last bastions of home delivery, and their trucks deliver to over 1,400 homes and over 40 restaurants and markets five days a week.
Every Tuesday, their delivery truck leaves a half gallon of skim milk on my patio for only a 50 cents delivery charge on top of the price of the milk. It costs me $3.50 per week for a half gallon of the freshest milk around.
Their milk is superior to their competition. Plus, it’s always good to support local businesses, especially dairy farmers.
The Best Chocolate Milk Ever…and Other Options
The most popular type of milk Brunton’s produces is most notably their chocolate milk. It is thick, creamy, and has the consistency of a milk shake. It might honestly be the most popular type of milk I have ever seen.
They also sell whole, 2%, 1%, skim, strawberry, and buttermilk. You can even buy some of their farm-raised ground beef, which is incredibly lean for only $3.25 a pound. Brunton’s even serves their own ice cream made out of the milk from their dairy cows.
The Modern Brunton Dairy
In May 2005, Brunton’s built a new, state-of-the-art facility to house their dairy cows. This is where the milking barn and processing plant is located. The new facility has space for 104 cows.
The Holstein cattle eat approximately 3,000 tons of hay per year, along with corn, soybeans, and vitamins.
The cows are milked twice per day – once at 4 am and then again at 5 pm – for two hours, seven days a week. The milk is bottled every Monday and Thursday. So that means the milk that arrives at my residence on Tuesday is only one day old.
The farm sells over 1,000 cases of glass-bottled milk per week.
The next time you go to pick up a gallon of milk from Wal-Mart or a local convenience store, stop, pick up the phone, and give Brunton Dairy a call. Start a home delivery or visit www.bruntondairy.com to find out where their milk is sold. They are one of the true treasures of Beaver County.