The clouds cleared and the crowds kept coming at Graham and Rebecca Barlow’s Gordonton farm for the opening of Village Milk.
More than 300 people visited on Saturday and 208 litres of milk was sold in four hours, exceeding the Barlow’s expectations.
“We have been so happy with the response and turn out of locals to see what Village Milk is all about. We’re excited to be able to bring the option of raw milk to the community,” Rebecca says.
There was a great atmosphere on the day, with a Village Fair which included face painting for the kids and a bouncy castle and slide. The local Gordonton Jets Soccer Team was on site, manning a sausage sizzle as a fundraising activity.
A steady stream of people lined up for coffee and smoothies made with raw milk, including the trio from Woodlands Road, pictured above.
Village Milk CEO Mark Houston and managing director Richard Houston were on site for the opening and were happy with how the day went.
“It is great to see that there is a real thirst for knowledge about raw milk and the benefits from drinking it,” Mark said.
“Hamilton has really come out for us today. We are so grateful for the support and have enjoyed chatting with the locals.”
Village Milk was set up by Mark and his wife Philippa in Takaka after they left big herd dairy farming for a simpler life. Committment to the nutrition and hygiene of the milk has always been the highest priority for the business.
This means significantly more work is required for each milking, but Mark says it is well and truly worth it for the quality of milk.
Village Milk is open from 7am – 7pm seven days at 57 Piako Road, Gordonton, Hamilton.