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Eight months ago fire all but destroyed a landmark restaurant and dairy shop in Bradford County.

This week, the place near Troy reopened.
 
It's been months since customers could pick up a bottle of milk at Milky Way Farms near Troy.

In March, an accidental fire tore through the restaurant and bottling facility.

Since then the family-run business has been trying to make a comeback.

"We lost some business stuff, gave us an opportunity for a rebuild. So it's been a good opportunity in the long run," said Kim Seeley of Milky Way Farms.

The new facility was built in many ways to save energy.

For long-time employee Rose Shadduck, opening Milky Way Farms again saves something special.

"It's part of my life. I've been here so long, I couldn't imagine being around and it opening and not being here, being part of it," said Shadduck.

The Seeley family was able to reopen Milky Way Farms just before the holidays for the business' loyal customers. They come in and pick up all kinds of beloved dairy products, including all the milk in the new cooler. Owners said it is eco friendly, but so far all the egg nog is sold out.

"It was a hot commodity. We'll have some more next week. It's the rush before Thanksgiving. We're happy people are so happy to consume it and come back to the store," said Jessica Seeley.

So far, it's only the milk and other dairy products that are on sale.  Owners said it could be next year before ice cream and the restaurant get back in business. By then, Milky Way Farms will be celebrating 50 years in business, and Kim Seeley looks forward to carrying on the tradition. So are the customers.

"It feels good, and customers give you that appreciation. We've had an outpouring of support. It's pretty cool," Kim Seeley added.

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