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Many local farmers are carrying on years of tradition. Baker’s Golden Dairy in New Waterford is keeping the family name strong by finding its niche.
Ohio State University graduate Kasey Hudson comes from five generations of dairy farmers. Less than two years ago, her family, which owns Baker’s Golden Dairy, decided to start bottling their milk on the farm as a way to bring Hudson into the family business.
“It’s been a very good thing for us. She went to college and she made the decision to come back,” said Debbie Baker.
Hudson graduated with a degree in dairy management and production from Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. It was Hudson who took the bottling process a step further and contacted the company that supplies chocolate for their milk.
“Is there by chance you have any other flavors? And she’s like Oh, yeah. We have strawberry, orange, and named off quite a few different flavors,” said Hudson. “We actually started with orange cream and the cookies and cream and vanilla.”
Soon the farm was producing a variety of flavored milks which set them apart from other dairies.
“The economy the way it is nowadays, you’ve got to find something special and something a little different from what everybody else has,” said Baker. “So, we took it upon ourselves to do flavors. I think we’re up and well over 20 flavors at this point.”
Their flavors include root beer, peach, blueberry, mango, pina colada, butter pecan, black cherry and a new featured flavor every month. Each batch takes roughly an hour and a half to make.
“In the pasteurizer, we put in the flavoring and the sugar we need to make that batch of milk,” said Hudson.
Baker said the milk is pasteurized but non-homogenized which means the cream will rise to the top so each time you go drink it, you have to shake it up.
The Baker’s refer to it as “milk like it used to be.” John Wilson of North Lima buys his milk at the dairy.
“They have awesome milk here, different flavors. I don’t get all the flavors, I’m a chocolate milk man and a white milk man,” said Wilson.
Baker’s Golden Dairy milks are also sold at more than 20 local stores and the business is growing.
Hudson’s parents are proud to the see the tradition carry on.
“As a farming family, we always had that desire to keep the kids close to home,” said Baker. “It has meant a lot to us. Each of our kids has been interested and still maintaining and staying on a farm.”
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