Whittier Farms

Sutton, MA
500 acres
40 milking cows

More than milk

Since 1945, Whittiers have worked together to make good food for neighbors. In addition to their dairy herd, they run The Milk Store, which they describe as a 40-year-old, overgrown 4-H project. It has grown from a table under a tree piled with sweet corn to a year-round store bursting with vegetables grown on 18 acres as well as the farm’s own beef and dairy (in the form of Cabot cheese), homemade baked goods and soups, homemade mac and cheese and pies. They also sell farm-made and -grown composted manure, screened loam, and bark mulch.

I knew I had to come home. Really, it was only a matter of time. This is where I belong.
- Sam Whittier

One word: family

Sam went away to college but knew she’d be back. Working miles away and hearing there were thunderstorms back home, she’d think to herself: “I hope they got the hay in.” She always planned to come home. The reason? In one word: family,” she says, being able to work with my parents and my brother and my sister. Even though Sam and her brother don’t live at home any more, the family still gathers to eat together at least once a week. “We still all really like eating dinner together,” Sam says.

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