Local farm returns to its roots
People from the community came out Saturday to see a local farm return to its roots.
"The dairy industry has been very tough for a very long time. The money that we were getting from the milk, selling in bulk was not covering or barely covering the expenses to make it," said Florence.
David Florence and his family decided to re-open and sell milk to the public.The farm was passed down to David from his father.
Twin Pines Dairy stopped selling to the public back in 1968 and began selling in bulk to a larger company. Now the farm is doing everything in house, milking the cows, pasteurizing the milk, and bottling it all on the farm. The family milks 50 cows twice a day.
Twin Pines Dairy is all family-owned and operated.
"I'm happy with it. I know it's been his dream for a long time to reopen and sell milk to the public," said Allison.
Allison Florence is a junior at Warren High School and a member of FFA and is looking forward to keeping the family business alive.
"I've always wanted to do it since we talked about it and its' been in my family for a long time. So, I'm really happy to do it throughout my life," said Allison.
Many people are thrilled to have a local dairy farm in their community.
"I know that its local, I know where the milk is coming from, I get to come from the store, talk to the producers here and see the dairy cattle and really support local businesses that's why," said Campbell, agriculture teacher, Warren High School.
The Florence family has been happy with the community's support and says the turnout has been great.
"I really want to keep working here; this has always been my dream to work here with my brothers and my family for a long time," said Allison.
Twin Pines Dairy is located at 77 West Branch Rd, Little Hocking, Ohio.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Locations available for purchase:
Palmer Square Market, Huck’s Farm Market, James Country Store, Mother Earth Foods, Busy Bee Restaurant, Webber’s Market, and Ward’s Farm Market.