These pictures were taken two Saturdays ago at a Tioga Farm/Art Trail open house at Engelbert Farms near Nichols, New York.
As far as they know, this farm is the oldest organic certified dairy in the United States.The land has been in possession of this family for well over 100 years.
Here are some of their "girls". The barn they are in, by the way, is a shelter. The cows have free access to the outdoors.
A farmer feeds a cow.
The milking parlor, which is antiquated, but fulfills the needs of the farm.
As I spoke with one of the family, and met some more family members, it became obvious just how hard these farmers work. Dairy farming is quite labor intensive, apart from the fact that cows must be milked twice a day, each and every day.
Engelbert makes, among other products, various delicious organic cheese products. They are a bit expensive, but we also buy their cheese from time to time. If you ever wonder why these products are expensive, you should meet, and talk with, a small farmer.
As we left, the family member giving us the tour said "Feel free to ask questions anytime!"
It is a wonderful thing to meet and talk to a food producer, to see where your food really comes from, and how hard these farmers work to put food on your table. And if Dutch Hills Creamery (whom I blogged about last Saturday) can not get back into operation after a disastrous fire (I've been told informally they will not try to make a comeback), our community will be poorer for that.
Support a local farmer today!
Day 21 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost