From the beginning, Longacre’s Modern Dairy has been a family affair. Starting in 1920, John S Longacre would rise with the sun, milk his herd of dairy cattle by hand, and begin his daily deliveries of milk to neighboring homes in the Bally, Bechtelsville and Barto areas. Traveling by horse-drawn wagon, John would sell up to 22 quarts of raw milk daily, dipped directly from the large metal cans on the wagon.
Originally built in 1942, the dairy was the vision of John’s son, Daniel, who followed in his father’s footsteps and operated Longacre’s Modern Dairy, Inc. in Washington Township along with his wife, Kathryn (Treichler), and their children (the current owners) Daniel, Newton, Timothy and Kathryn). Daniel’s brother, Paul, continued farming on the family farm and Daniel built the dairy on the corner of the property. With several additions having been added over the years, including the advent of Longacre’s own unique brand of ice-cream in 1940 and the processing and packaging of organic milk in 1996, the business has seen extensive changes since John’s humble beginnings. Under Daniel’s leadership, the dairy delivered to independent grocery stores, mini food marts, educational institutions and nursing homes. In addition, it expanded its product line to include ice cream, ice cream mix, fruit drinks and iced tea.
While we no long deliver our dairy products by horse-drawn wagon, our family owned and operated business continues to use only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients to provide a truly delicious experience. This hard work and dedication to providing only the very best for our customers is what makes Longacre’s Modern Dairy renowned in Washington Township and beyond.