Greetings! Here at Swiss Villa we are excited to share with you about our involvement in our food hub activities. This involvement is primarily in Pennsylvania, extending to a few surrounding cities and communities beyond.
In 2004 –
In 2004, a herd of Brown Swiss cows in Dauphin County, Pa, near the town of Gratz, were being milked for the sale of their raw milk. The farm setting gave a complimentary feel to the Swiss herd, as the farmer himself was also of Swiss descendant. Thus the Swiss Villa name held a cherished title for his venture. He began marketing goods from his small farm to health food stores in his home state. Several friends and neighbors took the opportunity to market their products along with his. Therefore, a few cheeses, meats, spelt bakery items and other products started to accompany the raw milk sales.
In 2011 –
Around 2011, some changes were coming to Swiss Villa. With the additional products, along with changes that time brings, Swiss Villa was becoming a heavy load for the farm family to maintain. Firstly, farm chores alone can keep a family busy. Secondly, the added marketing, collecting of orders, pulling goods together and managing numerous delivery routes made for a heavy load. And so it came to be that Swiss Villa moved more into a food hub. It began offering goods from the villa of quite a number of Swiss descendant farmers.
You see, in earlier years in the old country, most of the Amish and Mennonite forefathers were just simple peasant farmers. They worked the land and involved themselves in animal husbandry. This provided for the needs of their families and to bless the communities around them. They strongly believed “The earth is the Lord’s” and we as mankind, are just stewards of the blessings God has entrusted to us.
The name Swiss Villa today holds more of a connection to European ties than just a breed of cattle. We also carry the culture of a village working together for the good of others. It is our desire to provide a market for our plain community. Also we are providing goods with high quality characteristics, both in healthful nutrition and taste.
The Lehman Family –
Today we as the Lehman family are thankful to God for the opportunity to serve our community in this manner. We also owe many thanks to many others who have assisted us in picking up this project. And without our faithful customers, consumers and producers, we certainly could have accomplished nothing.
We want to humbly continue in our service to all and be diligent in providing excellent service. At Swiss Villa we feel it is valuable for us to provide information about these goods we offer. Our goal is to present all information as accurately as possible and we hope you understand that we cannot promise any health benefits or cures to any ills by the consumption of these goods. We simply share as what we understand from facts reported from studies as well as benefits and concerns expressed due to these studies.
We hope that our website will be educational and a blessing to all who view information here. May all we do and say be for the glory of our Creator and Sustainer, who hath blessed us so richly so that we can share with one another.