Champlain Four North Country farms, two in Clinton County, have been chosen by Cabot Creamery to host Open Farms Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“These are not fancy farm tours with rides and an admission fee. Just a free neighborly welcome event,” read a Cabot Creamery press release. “You might even be asked to help with farm chores. You’ll meet the family, the critters and like-minded neighbors and you’ll certainly want to sample some cheddar.”
This is the third year that dairy farms in the Agri-Mark network have been chosen to represent the creamery in Open Farms Sunday. Fifty farms throughout the North East have been chosen for the honor.
Champlain’s Hidden View Farm, located at 350 Dubois Rd. is one of the farms which will be welcoming guests Oct. 13.
Three Tetreault brothers, Dan, Don, and Dale run Hidden View Farm in Peru, which was bought by their father John Paul in 1953. At that time the farm consisted of a few hundred acres, and they milked 20 cows. They now farm more than 1,000 acres, milk 600 cows, and have about 500 cows for replacement stock. The farm has been featured in Eastern Dairy Business Magazine and Hoards Dairyman for the Tetreaults’ herd management strategies, and growth over the years. They have never purchased a single cow and have bred and raised the herd entirely on their own.
Dimock Farms on Route 22 in Peru is the other area farm to receive the honor. Don and Martha Dimock purchased the Dimock Farm in 1971 with 60 cows and 275 acres. Their son Bruce is now a partner in the operation, their daughter Anne works full-time on the farm, and Bruce’s son Sam started working full-time after graduating college. They have increased to 270 cows and 600 acres.
For more than 20 years, the Dimock farm has earned the “Super Milk” award in New York. In 2007 the farm won the “Overall Quality” award from Agri-Mark, out of some 1,300 farms in the Agri-Mark family for the quality of their milk.
More information on these, and the rest of the 50 farms participating in Open Farm Sunday can be found at www.openfarmsunday.com.