It all started with two brothers and a dream. In 1931, Israel and Max Garelick borrowed $10,000 to buy a farm in rural Franklin, Mass. They initially bought and sold cattle, but soon grew to milking cows and selling milk.
By the early 1940s, Garelick Brothers Farms were delivering bottled milk to homes across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Over the next ten years, their home delivery rapidly expanded and by the 1960s, Northeastern families could find their favorite milk in supermarkets.
Suddenly, in the span of three years, the family suffered the loss of all of the company’s principals. Israel’s daughter, Elinor Bernon, bravely assumed the presidency and became one of the first women to head a dairy company of that size. By the mid ’70s, Elinor’s sons Alan and Peter Bernon joined the company and worked closely together, acquiring a number of regional dairies.
Today, Garelick Farms® is 100% farmer-owned and is among the largest regional dairies in the United States, supporting local farmers throughout New England and Upstate New York. While the family has grown from two brothers to over 1,600 employees, one thing has never changed — our unwavering commitment to providing some of the best products to meet your family’s needs.