At Wholesome Dairy Farms, located in Oley Valley, owner Mark Lopez holds his animals’ health and welfare as the farm’s top priority. Mark has a commitment to produce quality products that are good for the consumer, the environment and his cows. Mark’s family has had roots in Berks County for 9 generations; his grandfather started the family dairy farm and inspired Mark’s interest in agriculture. However, Mark’s path to owning a dairy farm started in a different direction. He began his career working as a veterinarian at a large industrial dairy operation in Texas. Mark was able to see first hand the inhumane conditions of industrial food production, “what broke me was that I realized that I was being a part of the problem and not part of the solution. I was only maintaining the status quo”. As a veterinarian Mark found it to be backwards that he was helping these sick and injured cows only to send them back into unhealthy living conditions. “Now at Wholesome Dairy Farms I am making a difference and making something good while giving my cows a healthy life and producing a product that I can be proud of”.
Wholesome currently has 51 milking Ayrshire cows that graze on pastures from April to November. Mark prefers to use Ayrshire cows over the typical Holstein cow that is most often used in industrial dairy. He believes they are better grazers, have good cheese yield, excellent temperament, and offer an incomparable difference in the taste of the milk.
Why choose grass fed dairy?
When cows eat grass on pasture, they are also more likely to have good reproductive health, udder health, cleaner milk and develop fewer foot and lameness issues than cows that live on concrete. Grass fed cows have a much lighter carbon footprint since the cows “harvest” as they eat. Less diesel is needed to bring in and process their feed compared to alternative diets. “The cows also self fertilize the soil with their waste, which eliminates the need for energy intensive synthetic fertilizers. We use no herbicides or insecticides on our pastures, which is another energy savings.”
What sets you apart from other dairy farms?
“I am a cow advocate but it all starts with soil, there’s something to focusing on the soil first. Healthy soil is the catalyst to a healthy ecosystem and a healthy living environment for the cows. I want to focus on making a super high quality product that, in my opinion, is better than anything else out there. I’m not going to make or sell a product unless I think I can do it better.”
You can find Wholesome Dairy Farms raw milk, kefir, whole milk yogurt, cheeses and Greek yogurt available at all KWF locations.
21 thoughts on “Wholesome Dairy Farms, Yellow House, PA – 20.6 Miles”
Mark is a super caring owner. I was highly impressed when I stopped by his farm in 2010 to inspect his farm. Unannounced. He was so proud of his cows and how clean his milk is. Not put off or intimidated in the least with my questions in going raw. My family of six has been drinking it ever since and has never looked back. We love Wholesome Dairy Raw Milk!
Thank you for reading and for sharing your experience! We’re so pleased to know that you’ve been enjoying this product for nearly a decade! Thanks again. 🙂
I agree. Our kids love the milk!
Thanks for reading, Stephen!
Hi, I bought and enjoyed your grass fed yogurt, but decided not to purchase it again for one reason. although it is a clean product, and comes in a glass jar, the lid is plastic, a type of plastic which is not recycled here in Philadelphia. Most plastic is no longer being recycled now that China has decided not to accept our plastics anymore. You need a metal lid and the container needs to be returnable for a deposit. Your price for the yogurt is very high but if it was not packaged in plastic lid included) and the extra fee goes towards the next jar, I’m in. Let’s get it right, environmentally. Thank you!
Hello Lynn, Thanks for reading our blog, and thank you for sharing your valuable feedback! We suggest that you reach out to Wholesome Dairy Farms directly with your feedback: (610) 621-0508 Thank you.
I believe you return the bottles back to KWF for 5 cents. They will be recycled back to Wholesome Dairy. Believe me it is a much better option than plastic which only a small percentage actually gets recycled.
Hello, We encourage you to recycle the glass bottles! We do not take them back. Thank you. -Emily at KWF
Thanks for the clarification Emily!
You guys know where I can buy his products??
Your locations i very far from me. Something around Easton PA???
I’ve tried to call him, but nobody reply to me back. This is strange… If you do know something, reply to my email please.
Hi Johanna, Thanks for reaching out! We’d be happy to pass along your feedback to Mark – hopefully you’ll hear from him soon! Thank you. -Emily at KWF
Hello again Johanna, Our buyer got in touch with Mark, and it looks like you can buy his products at Easton Public Market and Nature’s Way in Easton. Thanks again for reaching out. -Emily at KWF
Do you know if this milk contains A2 type casein?
Hello Laura, Thank you for reaching out! Yes, Wholesome Dairy’s milk is A2.
I want to know where I can purchase Wholsome Farm small curd reduced sodium cottage cheese. I live in Park Ridge, NJ 07656
Hello Bernard, Thanks for reading! Please reach out to Wholesome Dairy directly: (610) 621-0508 https://wholesomedairyfarms.com/
Your Yogurt is the absolute BEST yogurt I have ever eaten! It is so delicious and my whole family loves it too! Thank you for a fabulous product!
Thanks for reading, Cindi! We’re so glad you like it.
My quest for getting A2 raw and grass fed milk ended at Wholesome dairy farm when I moved to Pottstown from Poconos, I used to get my milk and yogurt from dairy farm itself which was very refreshing trip for me and my son, now I get my supply from KWF Douglassville,We used to buy grassfed milk from the supermarket but it wasn’t A2 and raw, we enjoy your products very much and without any guilt of consuming dairy which is not part of cruel dairy industry, We are Hindus basically from India and vegetarian, indigenous cows are very sacred for us, we firmly believe equality for all the beings and more care for specially who are weak in defending themselves, Mr.Mark and his family is doing a great work by which we are very touched….Wish you all the luck to WDF for bright future…🙏😊
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, Vishal! We appreciate your business.
I was told at Weavers Way co-op in Philly that Wholesome Dairy would take back & reuse the glass yogurt containers. if I wash them & return them to the co-op. All other yogurt containers are total plastic, to this is great.