Barker Farms is just one of many valuable and loyal farms that Chalet is very lucky to have. Just located south of Monroe, Wisconsin, Don and Bonnie Barker along with their son Heath, own and operate Barker Farms. Don and Bonnie also have a wonderful daughter, Hayley, who even though isn’t involved much on the family’s farm anymore, is very active in the agricultural industry in Green County. Don and Heath have partnership over the farm. Don started milking his herd January 1st, 1975. He farmed at that location until 1991 and moved his Holsteins over to the farm where they are located today. Barker Farms milks 200 Holsteins in their 60-stall stanchion barn. When asked why he chose to own Holsteins, he replied with “I grew up working with them and I’ve always loved them”
Don remembers the exact day he joined Chalet Cheese Co-op, December 31St 1974. He joined the day before he started milking his herd. Barker Farms has been shipping their milk to Chalet for 45 years. Don is proud to say that he was on the Chalet’s executive board for 33 years and was the secretary/treasurer for 30 years. He left that position in 2012, and that’s when his son took over. Chalet is lucky to have family farms that have been with Chalet for generations, but also family farms that have been on the Chalet’s executive board for generations. Chalet is grateful is for all their farmers, but especially Don and Heath for all their involvement throughout the years.