Take the Kids To Tour Local Organic Dairy Farms On Raw Milk Dairy Day (Sep. 12th, 2009)

Families Can Learn About Local Milk Production During
Raw Milk Dairy Day: Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Raw Milk in Ashfield, MA

Raw Milk in Ashfield, MA. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Nine Massachusetts raw milk dairies will open up their farms for tours and other activities. Learn why raw milk tastes so good and why it’s so good for you! Meet your farmers and their cows and get to know where your food comes from.

Organized by the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts Chapter. For more information about Raw Milk Dairy Day, contact Winton Pitcoff, NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network Coordinator, at winton@nofamass.org, or (413) 634-5728. For information about raw milk click HERE.

Ashfield:  Sidehill Farm
137 Beldingville Rd
Ashfield, MA

2:30 p.m. tour
Sidehill Farm will offer a guided tour at 2:30 pm, including visits to pastures, the town’s oldest milking parlor, and their unusual facilities – a milk room built into a step van and a yogurt plant in a semi trailer. Stay after the tour for samples of their raw milk and yogurt.

Shelburne:  Davenport Maple Farm
111 Tower Rd
Shelburne, MA

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Visit the small grass-fed herd of Normande/Holstein cross cows the milkroom and barn, and pet the calves. There will be milk, eggs and maple products for sale and visitors can also see the wood processing facility.

Warwick:  Chase Hill Farm
74 Chase Hill Rd
Warwick, MA

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Chase Hill Farm produces organic raw milk, farmstead cheeses, grass-fed veal and beef, eggs from pastured poultry and whey-fed pork using sustainable farming methods, including rotational grazing, seasonal calving, and the use of draft horses. The farmers will offer grazing tours of their farm and cheese making facilities. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

Williamstown:  Cricket Creek Farm
1255 Oblong Road
Williamstown, MA

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Property Tours at 12:30 and 3:30
Observe milking at 4:30
Cricket Creek Farm consists of over 500 acres of rolling fields and woodlots, old apple orchards and sugarbush. Their herd of 90 cows is made up of registered Brown Swiss and Jerseys.  Visit the farm store for local products such as syrup, honey, Cricket Creek Farm pasture raised, grass-fed beef and pork, farmstead cheeses and baked goods all made on the farm.

Westport:  Lyons Brook Farm
76 Drift Road
Westport, MA

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lyons Brook Farm is a small goat milk dairy on the Westport River that raises registered Alpines and Nubians. Raw milk is sold at the farm. Enjoy walking tours of the farm and barns, milking demonstrations and goats being fitted for fall shows.

Barre:  Misty Brook Farm
830 Springhill Rd.
Barre, MA

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Certified Organic 100% Grass-fed Raw Jersey Milk is available at the farm shop along with organic pastured pork, beef, and veal, Sidehill Farm yogurt, organic local eggs, and Seven Crows chemical free veggies. Come at 5:00 p.m. to try milking a cow by hand and taste the milk straight from the cow.

Foxboro:  Oake Knoll Ayrshires
70 North St.
Foxboro, MA

12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.
Oake Knoll is located on a 275 year old family farm and sells raw milk and vegetables in season. There will be have milking demonstrations, calves to pet and cheese and raw milk sampling.

Hardwick:  Robinson Farm
42 Jackson Road
Hardwick, MA

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate raw milk dairy day and the full Organic Certification of Robinson Farm raw milk. Enjoy tours of the calves, chickens and cows, games for kids, a hayride at 3:00 pm and free snacks. The farm store will be open, there will be a 4:00 pm milking demonstration.

Gill:  Upinngil Farm
411 Main Road
Gill, MA

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Upinngil is a diverse farming operation including small fruits (strawberries, raspberries and grapes); dairy (Registered Ayrshire Cattle); field crops (potatoes, wheat, spelt, beans, pumpkins, corn); forage crops; and market garden crops. Most of the farm’s production is sold at the farm through a year round farm store, seasonal farm stand and u-pick. The farm’s milk, cheeses, whole grain flours, honey and maple syrup are available only at the farm. Fruit and vegetables are sold also at local food coops and markets. Tours of the whole farm including milking and cheese making facilities, pastures, vineyards and berry patches at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

One Comment on “Take the Kids To Tour Local Organic Dairy Farms On Raw Milk Dairy Day (Sep. 12th, 2009)

  1. Sunday, October 18, 2009 10:30 a.m.

    Meet the Author of The Raw Milk Revolution at a fundraiser for The Massachusetts Raw Milk Network at Upinngil Farm

    David Gumpert, author of “The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights” (to be released in November) will be the featured guest at this fundraiser for the NOFA/Mass Raw Milk Network.

    “Beginning in 2006, the agriculture departments of several large states-with backing from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-launched a major crackdown on small dairies producing raw milk. David Gumpert dares to ask whether regulators have the public’s interest in mind or the economic interests of dairy conglomerates. He assesses how the government’s anti-raw-milk campaign fits into a troublesome pattern of expanding government efforts to sanitize the food supply-even in the face of ever-increasing rates of chronic disease like asthma, diabetes, and allergies. The Raw Milk Revolution provides an unsettling view of the future, in which nutritionally dense foods may be available largely through underground channels.”

    David E. Gumpert is a journalist who specializes in covering the intersection of health and business. His popular blog, http://www.thecompletepatient.com, has chronicled the increasingly unsettling battles over raw milk.

    The Raw Milk Network works with farmers and consumers to improve access to safe, legal raw milk in Massachusetts.

    Upinngil farm is a raw milk dairy and grows and sells fresh vegetables, fruits and grains. The farm is located at 411 Main Road in Gill, 3.9 miles north of Route 2.

    Farm tour: 10:30 a.m.
    Buffet, featuring local dairy products and produce: 11:30 a.m.
    Presentation by David Gumpert: 12:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $40 and space is limited.
    Please contact winton@nofamass.org or 413-634-5728 for more information.
    To register online, go to http://tiny.cc/o3Fh5.
    All proceeds will benefit the work of the Raw Milk Network.

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