As I mentioned yesterday, I try to patronize local businesses whenever possible. One of the local farms where I frequent is Perrydell Farm.
This is an excerpt from their website.
Perrydell Farm is a working and fully self sufficient dairy farm. We own 170 acres of land and also rent an additional 180 acres where we plant and harvest almost everything we need to feed our cows.
The farm was bought in 1923 by Howard Perry. His two sons, George and Roger eventually took over the farm and they had the foresight to start bottling their own milk in 1963. Because of this approach, the farm now supports five families from the milk of only 160 cows. This is quite an accomplishment in todays farming economy
The farm is now owned and operated by Georges's sons, Tom, Greg, and Chip. Everyone in our family stays involved in the farm, since there is always work to be done. We consider this a blessing in disguise that always ensures our family will be together and close.
We first started buying milk at Perrydell after our girls took a preschool field trip to the site. After I learned a little about their history and commitment to hormone-free milk, we decided to try their product. Rob and the kids will not drink any other milk. They say the flavor is fresher and better-tasting than any other milk we've tried. In the past few years, the farm has started making their own ice cream. We now only buy Perrydell ice cream.
Much has been said about dairy in the past week or so. I've read that milk causes osteoporosis (huh?). I've read that no one really needs milk, but that the dairy industry is so powerful that they gained a spot on the My Plate. I've also read that we are the only species that drinks the milk of other animals.
Here's the thing: my family loves milk. We love ice cream. We love butter. We love freshly whipped cream. We love Perrydell.
At any time (during business hours), you are free to take a self-guided tour on this idyllic piece of land. You'll see calves, the dairy cows, the bottling facilities, and you can find all sorts of dairy treats in their store. For a special treat, we'll take our kids to buy ice cream cones and to pet the calves. This is not agribusiness. This is a family farm that's been run for three generations serving the community.
And their chocolate milk? To.Die.For.
Do you have a local dairy?