Saturday, April 23, 2011

Small Family Farms Success Stories!

"U.S. agriculture may be increasingly industrialized, but there are still farm families in the country with success stories to share."

"Willow Smart and husband David Phinney bought an abandoned dairy farm in 1991. It was in pretty bad shape when we got here,” said Smart. Twenty years later, the couple have transformed their operation into Willow Hill Farm, where the main product is cheese. There are about 100 sheep on hand along with 15 to 20 cows that provide milk for the seven types of organic cheese turned out."

"Beef and lamb are packaged and sold to local buyers, while blueberries can be picked in July and August. But the star product at Willow Hill Farm is the cheese. Cheeses like Autumn Oak, Vermont Brebis, Summer Tomme and Mountain Tomme are considered among the best examples of artisan cheese in the U.S, noted Dairy Foods Magazine in a recent article about the farm."


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