Farms have long been a source of innovation and creativity. Necessity is the mother of innovation, and efficiency and ingenuity are crucial on a farm. These days most farms are diversified in order to survive the downturns in the dairy business. In addition to being farmer owners of Cabot Creamery Cooperative many of our farm families grow sweet corn, offer maple syrup, run farm stands, operate CSAs, run exceptional breeding programs or have a good job in town.Farmers really know how to diversify. Thorncrest Farm has its own chocolatier + woodworking shop! #FarmerFriday Click To Tweet
Thorncrest Farm, in Goshen CT, is a haven of beauty and creativity. Clint Thorn is first generation dairy farmer, having purchased his first cow while he was in high school. His wife Kimberly has been perfecting her chocolate making for years, using milk from the farm’s 25 milking Holsteins.
They have about 70 head in all. Clint and Kimberly’s elder son, Garret, has become the farm manager. His younger brother Lyndon harvests wood on their property, helps operate their wood mill and works with Clint at The Open Talon.
In 2011, the Thorns moved their dairy operation across town, building their own barn from wood harvested on their land. This is also where their Chocolate business and work shop are located.
In addition to all their other projects, the Thorns do a great job sharing their farm with the community. They regularly host farm tours, including Cabot’s Open Farm Sunday and the Annual Goshen Farm Tour. They also host cheese making classes, wine and chocolate pairing events and scheduled days to see a milking.
If you are still searching holiday gifts, Thorncrest Farm and Milk House Chocolates offers many great handmade, artisanal options for any sweet tooth or art aficionado among your friends and family, and you can order online!
This week, we thank Kimberly Thorn for taking the time to answer our questions!
What is your favorite thing about being a dairy farm family?
Being with the cows. I just love them. On a quiet day there, other than being with my family there is simply nothing better than to spend time with our wonderful family of cows.
What is your family’s favorite meal?
Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings.
What is your least favorite farm chore?
Driving the tractors, everyone on the farm keeps me away from this task, since each time I drive one, it seems to inevitably break.
What is the next big sustainability story on your farm?
Solar panels for the main roof on the barn.
Does anyone in your family participate in any volunteer activities in the community?
Yes, Clint is the Chairman of the Goshen Agriculture Council and president of the Friends of Goshen Agriculture and all of us participate in local civic activities and donate our time and farm for charity events.
What do you think is your greatest accomplishment on the farm?
Creating and providing a safe comfortable home for our cows to live a long peaceful life.
What is your favorite time of year on the farm?
Winter- but especially Christmas Day, when it is quiet and our family is doing the farm chores together and we can spend time simply enjoying the farm, cows and working together all at once.
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