Founded over 80 years ago, Turkey Hill only needed enough milk to provide fresh milk and ice cream to the towns near our dairy. Today, we sell our milk and ice cream to people in 38 states, so that means we need a few more cows.
We rely on the hard work and skills of our local dairy farmers to provide great, fresh milk to our dairy each day. It is the local dairy farmers we thank and respect so much. So we'd like you to meet a few of them. Check back from time to time and you'll see who provides milk for your ice cream. Turkey Hill is dedicated to its heritage and the heritage of those who make Turkey Hill successful.
Dairy Farmer Spotlight: Manna Run Dairy
The American Dream
23 Miles from Turkey Hill Dairy
Turkey Hill has been around for over 80 years and we have seen a lot of change. There is one thing that doesn't change: dreams and determination. Turkey Hill is proud to present, Gerald and Renee Gruber from Middletown, PA as our feature farmer.
Gerald and Renee, along with their two small children, Genessa (2) and Rosalyn (4 months) work Manna Run Dairy. They are a young couple that has chosen farming as a way of life. . In November 2012, they purchased the local Kennedy Farm with the advisement of their discernment team. The discernment team is constructed of business mentors, Penn State AG and budget managers. Even though they have owned Manna Run Dairy for under a year, they have already faced the trials of dairy farming.
The Manna Run Dairy milks around 160 cows three times a day, producing 87 pounds of milk daily. Manna Run is on 110 acres and yields crops from oats, rye, alfalfa and corn. They also rent an additional 110 acres. Along with their family, the farm supports 5-6 part time workers.
The farm: Manna Run was named for the Bible story of Moses and the Israelites wandering in the wilderness, where God provided manna (bread) for them daily. In the same way the Gruber's believe that God will provide what they need for the day.
Gerald began to grow up on a farm as a young child. The death of his father when he was a toddler, took him off the farm. He returns to that life with his wife. Renee grew up on a farm and teaches her young daughters the daily tasks. Little Genessa helps to feed the calves and baby Rosalyn watches as the cows are milked in the barn.
Gerald and Renee do not see farming as a way to make a living, but a way of life. They advise those looking to get into the dairy industry to research what you are getting into, and to have the attitude of determination to make things work.
Manna Run Dairy is 23 miles from Turkey Hill and proud to have the Gruber family as suppliers and neighbors.
Photos from the Farm
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