Our Philosophy

When Harold Hartzler made the decision in 1964, over fifty years ago, to stop using chemical pesticides, herbicides, and artificial growth hormones on the family farm it was not a marketing decision. He did it because he had witnessed the harmful effect of chemical run-off on a neighboring farm after a storm. If the chemicals used in farming were this harmful to the fields, and those chemicals infiltrated the food chain, then they must also be harmful to humans, he reasoned. It was then that Harold Hartzler set down a basic philosophy that to this day guides the family business. He decided to farm in the most natural way possible, depending on earthworms, air, water and sunshine to nourish the soil. His philosophy is summed up in three simple words:

"As Nature Intended."

Dad Hartzler’s philosophy continues to guide the family business. Hartzler milk is processed in the most minimal way possible that is allowable. And, as it turns out, advances in medical technology demonstrate that food in its natural state is far healthier than highly processed foods, including milk.

The entire Hartzler family promises to remain true to Dad Hartzler’s philosophy. And we promise to continue to bring you the healthiest, most natural, and tastiest milk possible!

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Hartzler Family

Joe Hartzler

Joe Hartzler

Joe, the sixth Hartzler son, says his first job on the family farm was taking care of calves, feeding and watering them, a job which he now passes on to his own children. Joe returned to the current location in 1983 after a brief stint in aeronautical school. He has been a devout follower of his father's, Harold, organic farming methods ever since.
John Hartzler

John Hartzler

John is married to Darlene and they have two children Andrew and Corbin. John continues to work on the original family farm with his brother Jeff.
Greg Hartzler

Greg Hartzler

Greg works on his own farm in Smithville. Eli gradated from High School and is still very interested in farming for his future. Jill is the Ice Cream Shoppe Manager and also helps in the office. Sondra also works in the Ice Cream Shoppe.
Dan and Janis Steiner

Dan and Janis Steiner

The youngest of the Hartzler siblings is Janis. Janis you may have come to see on a tour of the Ice Cream Shoppe or have heard on the radio. She is "The Voice of Hartzler's". Janis enjoys using her talents as Hartzler's advertising/marketing director She also can be found in concession trailer during a lot of events such as the fair and Buckin' Ohio serving ice cream and getting involved in the community. Dan works in the processing plant and hand makes our premium ice cream. He bottles our milk, puts the milk in boxes, then into the cooler, and loads it on the trucks for store delivery. Dan and Janis have three children Titus, Abby, and Micah.
Jeff Hartzler

Jeff Hartzler

Jeff is married to Renee and they have 3 children: Jordan, Aaron, and Hannah. Jeff continues farming on the original family farm with John. Renee helps to manage the ice cream shoppe. She also makes our delicious ice cream cakes, muffins, and cookies all offered in the shoppe. Jordan is now married to Kimberly. Aaron went to Baldwin-Wallace and is now working. Hannah is currently attending Malone.
Jerry Hartzler

Jerry Hartzler

Jerry and his wife Ellie have three daughters. Jerry is our milk hauler. He picks up milk from his brother's farms five times a week. Jerry has completed ODA training for testing our milk and assuring that our milk passes our stringent quality standards. After Jerry picks the milk up from the farms he brings it back to the milk processing plant and runs a snap test on the milk. After completing the snap test the milk is moved into the holding tank to be processed.
Gene Hartzler

Gene Hartzler

Gene Hartzler now serves as the President of Hartzler Family Dairy corporation. He no longer works on the farms but is one of our milk drivers and delivers milk 5 days a week to stores all over in Ohio. His wife, Patricia, works in the office and helps to run the accounting part of things for the business. His son Chris graduated from school and is working as an athletic trainer. Zach is now attending college.
Greg and Joyce Piatt

Greg and Joyce Piatt

Joyce and Greg Piatt have two children Josh and Joni. Greg and his son Josh fill in when our delivery drivers need a vacation and supply a real helping hand in the business. Joyce also helps out by participating in events in the concession stand and helping to bake some of the yummy treats in the ice cream shoppe such as the holiday cookies.