2013 Raw Milk Dairy Days, September 7 and 8
August 14, 2013 -- Winton Pitcoff
Nine Massachusetts dairies that sell raw milk will open up their farms for tours and other activities on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8. Visit your local dairy and 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.
- Chase Hill Farm, Warwick
- Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown
- Eastleigh Farm, Framingham
- The Herb Hill Micro-Dairy, Andover
- Northfield Mount Hermon School Farm, Mt. Hermon
- Oake Knoll Ayrshires, Foxboro
- Robinson Farm, Hardwick
- Sidehill Farm, Hawley
- Upinngil Farm, Gill
Other raw milk dairies throughout the state are open for business as usual, with raw milk and other products for sale. Click here to see the complete list.
Chase Hill Farm, Warwick
Saturday, 9/7 and Sunday, 9/8
Open during daylight hours
Chase Hill Farm produces organic raw milk, farmstead cheeses, pasture-raised veal and beef from grass-fed cows and whey-fed pork. The farm practices sustainable farming methods, including rotational grazing, seasonal calving, and the use of draft horses. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and walk around the farm.
Directions to Chase Hill Farm
From East: take RT 2 to exit 18. Take RT 32 north for about 5 miles. When you see a large green sign for Mt. Tully Kennel turn left onto Logan Rd. Go .3 of a mile turn left onto Fryeville Rd. Turn right at stop sign onto Tully Rd. Go just under 5 miles turn right onto Chase Hill Rd. Farm is .3 miles on left
From West: take RT 2 to Erving. Take RT 2A to RT 78. Take RT 78 North about 7-8 miles to center of Warwick. Turn right at town common onto Athol Rd. Take Athol Rd. 2.4 miles turn left onto Chase Hill Rd. See above.
From North: pick up RT 78 in Winchester NH. Take RT 78 about 7-10 miles to Warwick town Common. Turn left onto Athol Rd. See above.
Cricket Creek Farm, Williamstown
Saturday, 9/7 and Sunday, 9/8
Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tours (Saturday only) at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Observe milking at 5 p.m.
Cricket Creek Farm is a small, diversified, grass-based dairy nestled in the Berkshire hills of Williamstown, MA. The farm consists of our herd of Brown Swiss and Jersey cows, mixed heritage breed pigs, a small flock of laying hens, and an on-site bakery. Our mission is to produce nourishing food that honors our animals, respects the land, and feeds our community, and to exemplify a sustainable model for small-farm viability. We have a farm store open every day, year-round and carry our farmstead cheese, raw milk, homemade baked goods, pork, beef, maple syrup, honey, jams & jellies, books, pottery, and more. For Raw Milk Dairy days, property tours will begin at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Please either join us or stay to observe milking at 5 p.m.
Directions to Cricket Creek Farm
From the intersection of RT 7 and 43 in South Williamstown (flashing light) turn onto RT 43 heading toward Hancock. Go approximately 100 feet and make a quick right onto Sloan Rd. Follow Sloan to the top of the hill where it T’s into Oblong. The farm is right there: 1255 Oblong Rd. Yellow farm house out front and barns in the back.
Eastleigh Farm, Framingham
Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Milking at 3 p.m.
Eastleigh is a rare find set in the rural area that is unique to the Framingham, Sudbury, Southboro, Marlboro area. We are milking about 120 cows, mostly Jerseys, with a few Brown Swiss and Guernseys, in our old fashioned milking barn which dates back to the 1930s! We also make Nobscot Artisan Cheese on site from our milk, as well as Queijo Fresco from Julima cheese which is also made on site! Our farm store offers other local products as well such as eggs, honey, ice cream, granola, jams and more.
We will be giving hay rides and farm tours, have an interactive pen with some of our calves, a chance to meet the owner and farm manager of Eastleigh, and an opportunity to taste our raw milk, Nobscot Artisan Cheese and Julima Cheese.
Directions to Eastleigh Farm
From Route 9 at Framingham Center (east from 495 and the mass pike, west from 128): Find the Edgell Rd. exit, take the third left at the bottom of the common, then right on Grove St. Proceed 3.3 miles to end of Grove, and sharp left on Edmands. The farm is 1062 Edmands, up about a half mile on the left. From Route 20 (east from 495 and 290 and west from 128 and 95): Find the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. The road directly across from the Inn on Rt. 20 is Bowditch Rd. (granite road marker indicates with an arrow FRAMINGHAM). Take that road 1.6 miles to end, go right on Edmands. Farm is on the left 1/2 mile.
The Herb Hill Micro-Dairy, Andover
Saturday, 9/7 and Sunday, 9/8
Tour at 10 a.m.
The Herb Hill Micro-Dairy is a small goat milk dairy and diverse farm just 30 miles north of Boston. It specializes in fresh, chilled raw goat’s milk and is a Mass. certified producer of organic greens, herbs, select produce, fresh eggs, and meat chickens. We sell our produce to several local restaurants, and offer 2 CSA’s: one is a Vegetable/Greens/Herb Medley, the other a Meat Chicken CSA.
Come learn about the farm, how we work with our livestock and how we grow produce and raise chickens organically. You can see our goats at the farm and at several New England fairs including the Westford 4-H Fair in late August, and the Topsfield Fair early in October. Owner Lucy McKain is the Middlesex County 4-H Dairy Goat Club leader for youth interested in learning about goats. Come and enjoy a walking tour of the farm at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday or Sunday. Lucy will demonstrate and describe how goats are milked so that you can try your hand at milking a goat after the demonstration. Watch the chickens do what they do best. Conclude your visit by walking a goat to her pasture area gaining an awareness of why grazing is important. Try some moisturizing goat’s milk soap. Items are available for sale.
Directions to The Herb Hill Micro-Dairy
- Take Rt. 93 to Exit 133 to Andover. Take a right onto Route 133 towards Andover.
- Take the first left onto Greenwood Road. The Internal revenue Service is on your right.
- Follow Greenwood about 1.5 miles, then take a left onto High Plain Road.
- Follow High Plain about 1.5 miles and take a left into the driveway with the stone mailbox post and black/vine-covered mailbox. Number 320 is over the house front door. When you turn into the driveway you will see the barn in front of you.
Northfield Mount Hermon School Farm, Mt. Hermon
Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The NMH farm is a small, diversified New England farm. We have a small herd of Jersey cows. In addition to selling raw milk, we make cheese and ice cream and pasteurize milk for the school. We also work with students to make maple syrup and apple cider and grow strawberries, raspberries, vegetables, and flowers. We distill lavender and produce cider syrup and cider jelly. We will have cheese and ice cream available for sampling and for sale on Sunday, and our friendly cows and calves (and pigs!) would love to meet you.
Directions to the NMH Farm
From 91 and points West: Take exit 28A, Rt 10 toward Northfield. On Rt. 10, go past the main entrance to the school and take your next right, onto Main Rd. Gill. Bear to the right onto Mt. Hermon Rd. and look for the sign for the farm on the left, about a half mile down the road. Proceed to the lower red barn. From the East: Take Rt 10 South across the Connecticut River and turn left onto Main Rd. Gill. Bear to the right onto Mt. Hermon Rd. and look for the sign for the farm on the left, about a half mile down the road. Proceed to the lower red barn.
Oake Knoll Ayrshires, Foxboro
Open noon – 4 p.m.
Oake Knoll, a working dairy farm, is located on a 275 year old family farm. We sell raw milk and harvest and sell vegetables in season. Our strength is milk quality, and customer input is very important in our management process. We will have milking demonstrations, calves to pet and cheese and raw milk sampling.
Directions to Oake Knoll Ayrshires at Lawton’s Family Farm
From RT 95, take exit 7B, 140 North. Follow this through the rotary and take a right onto North St, about 1 mile after the rotary. The farm is about a half mile down the road on the right, there is a small white sign in front that says “Lawtons Family Farm.”
Robinson Farm, Hardwick
Farmstand Store open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Self-guided Pasture Walk: 9 - 4 p.m.
We will offer a self- guided pasture walk. Our farmstand store will be open. The Robinson Farm is a certified organic 35 cow dairy producing raw milk and award winning farmstead cheese from our own 100% grass fed cows. We attribute our success with cheese making to begin with the fresh, wholesome milk from our mixed herd of Jersey, Normandy & Holstein cows grazing in the rolling hills of Hardwick.
Our farmstand store is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., offering raw milk, farmstead cheese, pasture-raised rose veal, grass-fed beef, local yogurt, maple syrup, honey, jams, pickles & pork.
Directions to Robinson Farm
From Hardwick Center traveling North on route 32A: Pass Butler’s Gas on the left, take the next right, by the cemetery, onto North Rd. Go one mile and turn Left onto Jackson Rd. We are on the corner.
Sidehill Farm, Hawley
Saturday, 9/7 and Sunday, 9/8: Self-guided tours
Saturday 9/7 at 2pm: Guided tour
Sidehill Farm produces fresh, delicious yogurt, raw milk, and beef from our herd of grass-fed cows. Come visit our new farm at the top of the mountain in Hawley! The farm is a little piece of big sky country right here in western Mass - rolling fields of grass, glorious sunrises and sunsets, gorgeous views of Mount Monadnock. Join us on Saturday for an afternoon stroll - we'll peek in the creamery where the yogurt is made, visit the milking parlor and new pack barn, and then head out to pasture to meet the girls! Or, take a self-guided walking tour anytime on Saturday or Sunday - the map in the farm shop will help you find cows to visit. Bring a picnic lunch, or pick up lunch supplies in the farm shop! Our farm shop is open every day from 7am to 9pm, and is stocked with our raw milk, yogurt, grass-fed beef, and lots of other delicious local farm cheeses, pickles, granolas, and ice cream!
Directions to Sidehill Farm:
From Ashfield Center, head west on Main St to the intersection of Rt 116 (Main St) and Rt 112. Go straight across onto Hawley Rd. At the top of the hill, bear left at the Y intersection on to Bear Swamp Rd. Follow Bear Swamp Rd for 2 miles until it runs into Bug Hill Rd, and bear right on to Bug Hill. After 1 mile, drive straight through a four-way intersection on to Watson Rd. At 1 mile, the road turns sharply right at Wauban Farms dairy - don't go straight here or you will end up in their manure pile! Watson Rd ends in 1 mile at Plainfield/East Hawley Rd. Turn right, follow for 2 miles to Grout Rd. Turn right on Grout, and the road curves right to become Forget Rd. We're 1 mile up at #58 - look for the big red barn! The farm shop is in the smaller red barn on the left just past the house!
From Route 9 (Northampton/Springfield, Pittsfield, and points south), head west on Route 9 from Northampton, or east on Route 9 from Pittsfield, to the intersection with Route 112 in Goshen. Turn north on Rt 112. Follow 4.5 miles to Rt 116 North, turn left. Follow 116 for 2.2 miles to Watson Spruce Corner Rd, turn right. Follow Watson Spruce Corner Rd for 2.5 miles to a four way intersection, and turn left on Watson Rd. At 1 mile, the road turns sharply right at Wauban Farms dairy - don't go straight here or you will end up in their manure pile! Watson Rd ends in 1 mile at Plainfield/East Hawley Rd. Turn right, follow for 2 miles to Grout Rd. Turn right on Grout, and the road curves right to become Forget Rd. We're 1 mile up at #58 - look for the big red barn! The farm shop is in the smaller red barn on the left just past the house!
From Route 2 (Greenfield, Williamstown, and points north), head west on Route 2 from Greenfield, or east on Route 2 from Williamstown, to the center of Charlemont. At the west edge of town, turn south on 8A South at the sign for Berkshire East Ski Area and cross the Deefield River. Immediately after the bridge turn left, and then take your first right onto East Hawley Rd. You will climb for 4 miles, and at the top, turn left on Grout Rd. Grout Rd curves right to become Forget Rd. We are one mile up at #58 - look for the big red barn! The farm shop is in the smaller red barn on the left just past the house!
Upinngil Farm, Gill
Open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. every day of the year
Always open to visitors and self-guided tours
Observe milking 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
U-pick raspberries in September
Upinngil is a small-scale diversified family run farm, located in the northern Connecticut River Valley. Our small herd of registered Ayrshires produces grass-fed raw milk and cheese year-round, which we market exclusively from our farm store in Gill. We also grow about 20 acres of wheat, rye, buckwheat, and flint corn, from which we make flour and fresh baked bread and cookies for the store. The store also sells our own maple syrup and fruit jams as well as other local products and convenience items (like cold beverages, potato chips, and ice cream!) Other major crops include: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, melons, sweet corn, potatoes, and winter squash. The small market garden supplies fresh greens, tomatoes, root crops, and much more. The farm stand offers a bountiful supply of fresh produce April-November.
Directions to Upinngil:
From the West and Interstate 91 in Massachusetts: Take Exit 27, merging onto MA Route 2-East toward Boston. Travel 2.9 miles to second traffic intersection. Take left onto Main Road in Gill. Travel 3.9 miles on Main Road, past the Gill Tavern at Gill Center and up a long hill. Watch for large Upinngil sign on the left, at the bottom of the hill.
From the East: Take MA Route-2-West toward Greenfield. After you cross the French King Bridge, you will be in Gill. At the first full traffic light, take on a right onto Main Road in Gill. Travel 3.9 miles on Main Road, past the Gill Tavern at Gill Center and up a long hill. Watch for large Upinngil sign on the left, at the bottom of the hill.