ULYSSES — One hundred and seven boxes packed with local dairy products were given away on Saturday during a “dairy drive-thru” here. Cars began lining up along the road near The Carpenter’s Shop before 10 a.m. and the boxes were gone within 45 minutes of the start of the drive-thru.
Allyson Anderson, a farm animal vet and owner of Headwaters Veterinary Service, in conjunction with Lacy Miles, an agriculture teacher at Northern Potter, organized a fundraiser, which raised $3,165, to purchase local dairy products for the give away.
Inside the boxes were several locally sourced dairy products, such as raw milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, cream cheese, block cheese, string cheese and at least one sweet item, such as Reddi-Whip. God’s Country Creamery donated raw milk and cheeses for the drive-thru, as well.
The drive-thru comes at a time when dairy farmers across the nation are forced to dump milk due to a number of reasons, including an inequitable supply-and-demand chain. With the drive-thru, Anderson said she hoped to feed the community and introduce people to nutritious dairy products while supporting local farmers by purchasing products from companies that source their milk from Potter County.
“I’m so appreciative of all of the help we received and all the community members who came out to support our local farmers,” Anderson said. “This is truly a great community to be part of. I love my Potter Countians.”
Members of the Headwaters FFA chapter also attended the dairy drive-thru, selling T-shirts and raising money for “Friends of Local Dairy Families,” organized by Lacy, Kendra and Annette Miles. The proceeds will be used to purchase gift cards, food, cleaning supplies and household items in a care package to local farmers who have had to dump milk. Prior to the drive-thru, the group had left care packages at 33 farms, most of them twice.
To make this possible, Potter County Beverage donated its cooler trailer to store the dairy products in, The Carpenter’s Shop donated the use of its parking lot and Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company controlled traffic before, during and after the drive-thru.