Meet Our Dairy Farmers
We are proud of connection we have with our dairy farm partners and the great work they do every day. Without their dedication, we couldn’t produce the superior product we do. Learn about some of our farmers as we pay tribute to their hard work.
Bardo Hill Farm
Third generation farmers Les and Paula Bardo have been milking dairy cows since 1995 along with their four children and farm 140 acres. In addition to working on the farm, Les works full-time at the Lyden Oil Company while Paula is a part-time florist, and has been a 4-H advisor for twenty years. Both of the Bardos are members of the Columbiana County Dairy Committee and show their Brown Swiss cattle at both the Columbiana and Canfield fairs. Several of their 4-H club members help out on the Bardo's farm where they learn about running a family dairy farm.
Baker's Golden Dairy:
Baker’s Golden Dairy, although established just 17 years ago, the tradition of dairy farming for Kevin and Deb Baker goes back many generations. Their goal to serve the community by providing the highest quality product that is both fresh and full of nutrition still holds true as it did the first day they started to produce milk "like it used to be" - non-homogenized and unpasteurized. Four generations of family work on the dairy farm today, striving for excellence through good old-fashioned hard work. Read more of their story here.
Lahmers Buckeye Country Creamery:
Marcia and Tom Lahmers started the family dairy when they moved to Ashland, Ohio, in 1988. With the help of their children, Matt Lahmers, Christy Hulse — who each have families of their own now — and Michele Lahmers, Lahmers Dairy Farm is a true family affair, said Marcia. Christy manages the dairy herd, milking around 100 head of cows that are a mix of Holstein, Brown Swiss and some Jersey cattle, while Tom and Matt can usually be found working the land. Michele took a job off the farm with Cargill, but serves as the dairy's nutritionist.
Cope Family Farm:
Established in 1942 by Willard and Esther Cope, the Cope Family Farm raised dairy cows on a small plot of land in Salem, Ohio. Today, 3rd Generation Grant Cope with his wife Anne live in the original family farmhouse while working 400 acres. Their commitment to farming extends well beyond their 50 milk cows and 35 Heifers; it's the passion from nearly 75 years of family heritage that drives this successful farm.