Molly Brook Farm
West Danville, VT
The name Goodrich is practically synonymous with dairy farming in Vermont. In fact, the Goodrich family was one of the founding families of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative in 1919. Today, Myles Goodrich is the seventh generation to live and work at Molly Brook Farm in West Danville, Vermont. Myles took his first steps on this land. He and his wife, Rhonda, work the 565-acre spread where they milk more than 100 Jersey cows.
The Jerseys raised on Molly Brook are not only beautiful, they are prodigious producers, known internationally for the genetics that started with a cow named Flower. Molly Brook Jersey offspring can be found throughout the United States and on every continent except Antarctica. Though each day brings new struggles and challenges, Myles and Rhonda love this beautiful place and their lives as dairy farmers. Maintaining a farm and the traditions that have carried on since 1835 just feels right to this hard-working family.
Cara Cookson, Rhonda’s daughter and Myles’s stepdaughter was the designated family spokesperson to answer our Farmer Friday questions. Here are her answers:
What is your favorite thing about being a dairy farm family?
We have a blended family, and farming has brought us all closer together. Myles and my mom, Rhonda, each have two adult children, and Molly Brook is a home for all of us. Myles’s daughter Jennifer grew up at Molly Brook, and she and her husband own a dairy farm on the other side of town. My sister, Brandy, manages the calves at Molly Brook. Myles’s son, Christopher, also grew up at Molly Brook and he works with Myles’s brother Glenn in the sugar woods. I come home and help out on the weekends. The little kids help take care of the calves and feed the heifers. Appreciating the land and caring for the animals is something we all have in common.
What is your family’s favorite meal? Care to share a recipe?
We love big Sunday brunches after morning chores. This is our recipe for waffles:
Easy Brunch Waffles
½ cup Cabot butter
1 ½ cups flour
1 tbs sugar
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups milk
3 large eggs (separated)
Nutmeg and cinnamon to taste
Heat waffle iron. Melt butter in microwave. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Beat butter and egg yolks. Add milk and beat wet mixture. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into batter.
What is your least favorite farm chore?
Every year, the newest employee gets the pleasure of pressure-washing the milking parlor. No one comes out without getting soaking wet!
What is your favorite time of year on the farm?
Every season on the farm is special, but we all love the springtime when you can start to see stripes of corn and alfalfa or hay up on the hillside as you drive past the farm on Route 2.
What is one thing you would like people who have never experienced farm life to know?
Don’t spend too long on the farm, or you might fall in love! When Myles and my mom started dating fifteen years ago, she had never driven a tractor or milked a cow. She was working fulltime for a large company and wore suits to work. Today, the farm is her home and fulltime job. Myles and my mom work hard so that they can pass the legacy on to their grandkids someday.
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