Somerset farmer installs Bath’s first milk vending machine

By Ben Carey on 1 September, 2020

Somerset dairy farmer Andy Salmon has launched Bath’s first milk vending machine, located at Green Park Station.

Andy’s family have farmed at Bullsbridge Farm near Frome for 80 years. Three years ago he set up Tytherington Milk Station, selling free range milk to local people via a vending machine located at the farm gate.

Now Andy is bringing the same quality local produce to the residents of Bath.

The milk comes from a herd of 240 cows grazing lush green pastures just 13 miles from the city and will be delivered to the refrigerated vending machine at Green Park Station daily.

Customers will be able to purchase a one litre glass bottle with a screw top which they can fill from the machine, take home, wash and reuse.

Andy said, “We are proud of our farm, our cows and the milk we produce. That’s why I wanted to find a way for local people to enjoy our milk and learn a bit more about who we are and how we farm. It was clear from the moment we installed the first vending machine on the farm that people were keen to find out what really fresh milk from the farm tastes like. The feedback we have received has been fantastic and the fact that they keep coming back for more has given us the confidence to grow our business and offer our milk to the people of Bath.”

At a time when then country is being encouraged to build back greener, Andy believes the supply of milk from local, pasture-based farms like his can really make a difference for people, planet and cows.

The farm is part of the Free Range Dairy Network, an organisation that works to support traditional family farms committed to giving their cows the freedom to graze in fields. Their ‘Pasture Promise’ logo is the only label on milk to give milk lovers an assurance that the cows are grazed for a minimum of 180 days a year, 18 hours a day.

Neil Darwent. Director of the Free Range Dairy Network, added, “Giving an identity to the milk produced by Britain’s traditional, pasture-based farms means people are rediscovering ‘proper milk’ that tastes like milk used to taste. We are delighted to be working with the Salmon family on their new venture and the people of Bath are in for a real treat! The Pasture Promise logo gives milk lovers the chance to vote for freedom and fairness whenever they buy milk.”