Grandpa Hartzler, as many people called him, built the company on the philosophy of “As Nature Intended”. Hartzler Family Dairy strives to provide wholesome products that are minimally processed, healthy, and tasty. Because of this motto, we pride ourselves that all of our half-gallon products as well as our cheeses are NON-GMO project verified.
Our cows are pasture-fed in the warm months and fed silage and hay in the colder months. Our cows are not given artificial hormones which keeps our milk free from hormones. In the fields, sustainable farming practices are used to grow crops.
To preserve the most natural state of milk, Hartzler Family Dairy uses Low-Temperature Vat Pasteurization which ensures our milk retains a majority of its enzymes for proper digestion and good health.
We also deter from homogenizing our half-gallon milks. Homogenization is a process that breaks down the molecules in the milk to give a balanced consistency. However, milk that remains in its natural state will have a cream layer that rises to the top of the milk. Non-homogenization allows the molecules to stay intact, and those molecules carry important nutrients for the body.