Peter Melnik, co-owner of Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield, with some of his milking herd. As part of a “Farmers Feeding Families” event, Melnik recently donated milk that went to families in need. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ
DEERFIELD — “A local dairy farmer did his “small part” last week to help those during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating milk that went to families in need.
Peter Melnik, co-owner of Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield, said he did it as part of the “Farmers Feeding Families” event in Boston. He was not able to travel to Boston because of work on the farm, but another dairy farmer friend went and told him it was a nice event.
During the event, Dairy Farmers of America, a national cooperative owned by dairy farm families across the nation and its Massachusetts farm families, donated 8,600 gallons of milk to 4,000 families in need. Bar-Way is one of the members.”
“The milk cooperative came to us and asked if we’d be willing to donate milk,” Melnik said. “We thought it was a great idea.”