SALEM — Battenkill Valley Creamery is flying high.
When passengers on certain Delta Airlines flights get their in-flight meals, some of the ingredients in those meals are coming from milk produced by cows that graze along Route 30.
It went together this way, according to the dairy:
Battenkill Valley produces private-label milk for the Five Acre Farms brand, which teamed up with Union Square Events of New York to provide Battenkill as their milk of choice. Union Square Events supplies specialty food items to Delta Airlines, which is serving it to its passengers.
“It’s basically through a partnership from a partnership from a partnership,” said fifth-generation dairy farmer Seth McEachron, who owns Battenkill with his father, Don. “This has really enabled us to get our products out there. We’re in some of the best restaurants in the world in New York City, and the partnership with Delta is really exciting for us.”
The McEachrons opened their creamery in 2008 to process and bottle their own milk, and in 2011 began working with Five Acre Farms.
The family has been dairy farming locally for more than a century. Seth McEachron’s great-great-grandfather began milking cows in 1902, and his grandfather moved the farm to its current location in 1945, with just 12 cows. Today, the farm milks more than 500 cows.
Union Square Events chef John Karangis is using the milk to create multiple dishes for his on-board menu with Delta.
The menus are on transatlantic routes to Europe, departing John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Delta One cabin June 1 through Aug. 31. Karangis visited the farm earlier this year to film a 2-minute video for Delta.
In addition to Five Acre Farms and Battenkill Valley Creamery, the menu will feature New York-based Cascun Farms and Gotham Greens.
“Partnering with local suppliers and purveyors like Five Acre Farms and Through Five Acres, Battenkill dairy products are available in more than 100 restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores in New York City.
The creamery has been open for eight years and has been expanding at many levels since then. Last year, Battenkill Valley added 178 acres and 175 cows by purchasing Skellkill Farms in Jackson.
The McEachrons sell milk and ice cream at the dairy, do deliveries, take their milk to farmers markets and sell through several grocery chains, including Hannaford and Price Chopper.
The farm’s production is moving toward 150,000 gallons a month, and the company employs more than 30 people.