Battenkill Vallery Creamery
Dairy Farm – Milk and Ice Cream
691 County Route 30
Salem, NY 12865
Meet Don and Seth McEachron, fourth- and fifth-generation farmers and proprietors of Battenkill Valley Creamery, producers of the finest milk and ice cream. In 2010, they won Cornell’s top prize for the highest-quality, freshest and best tasting milk in New York State.
The McEachron family has been dairy farming in the Battenkill Valley region of New York for more than a century. Seth’s great-great-grandfather began milking cows in 1902, and his grandfather moved the farm to its current location in 1945, starting with just 12 cows. Today, the McEachrons’ herd numbers 350 cows of mixed breed Holsteins, Jersey, and Holstein-Jersey crossbreeds for higher butterfat content, all on 1,000 acres of land.
In 2008, the McEachrons opened the creamery, with Seth leading the charge, to process and bottle their own milk, and in 2011, began working with Five Acre Farms, connecting them with new markets and new customers. Both father and son have embraced the resulting growth in their business. In 2014, they expanded the creamery to increase capacity and make processing, bottling and delivery more efficient.