The true spirit of the season can sometimes get lost during the holidays. It’s easy feel overwhelmed with the busy-ness that surrounds the most wonderful time of the year.
The rhythm of life on a dairy farm is one way Cabot farm families stay grounded during the frenetic activity of these busy weeks. Farm chores don’t recognize Christmas or Chanukah, New Year’s Eve or the winter solstice. With each new day farmers are reminded of everything that depends on their constant attention – their families’ livelihood, the cows they care for, the land they work, and the people they feed.
We asked some of the 1100 farmers who own Cabot what makes them thankful for their lives as Cabot farmers.
Chrissy Peckham, whose family owns and operates Elm Farm in Woodstock, CT, speaks for all of us when she said:
Wishing all those who buy Cabot products the happiest of holidays and a healthy and joyful New Year, for without them we wouldn’t have the chance to do what we do.
I’m thankful for family that doesn’t share my last name or my DNA but makes my world, my community, and my village a better place…especially my Cabot family.” -Jenni Tilton-Flood, Flood Brothers Farm
I am thankful for my family, friends and our beautiful cows!- Jenn Jacquier, LaurelBrook Farm
“I’m thankful to God for our blessings of family, cows, and beautiful land. I’m grateful for the privilege of caring for His creation. I’m also thankful for our awesome Cabot brand and for our loyal employees and customers!” – Melissa Greenbacker-Dziurgot, Greenbacker Brookfield Farm
I am thankful for my family who work tirelessly to care for our cows and land. We are blessed to be able to work together everyday doing something that we love so much!-Regina Grover, River Maple Farm
I am thankful for days where nothing breaks or is sick.-Rena Mae Grover, River Maple Farm
I am thankful for my family and friends.- Billie Jo Krebs, Krebs Organic Dairy Farm
I am thankful for the playful nudge of a cow’s nose, for the gentle sucking sound of a newborn calf, for rich soil that grows our crops, and for my family who enjoys these things, and many others, with me every day of the year.- Kristina Vaughan, LizDick Farm
I am thankful for all the supporters that have helped us get us this far in dairy farming and to help us keep making a future in this farm. Even though dairy farming is not an easy life but it runs through my blood and I wouldn’t want it any other way! I thank God for putting these creatures on this earth and letting us farm this land that he has provided us.-Kies Orr, Fort Hill Farms
“I am thankful for my brothers and sister serving this great country overseas.” -Marc Silva
“As a farmer’s wife and a mother of 4, I’m thankful for our sixth generation farm . It has taught my children where their food comes from and how to grow up with responsibility for animals. Most of all I’m thankful for my farmer who puts his early morning hours in and sometimes the latest hours in planting or chopping corn. Thankful my children who watch their Daddy in awe as he assists a cow with birthing.” – Chrissy Peckham, Elm Farm
“I am thankful for my family and friends. I am also thankful for my Cabot family for allowing me to go out and do the two things I love the most, talking about our farms, our farm families, and our amazing cheese and I’m thankful to have great farm friends who still call me when then need a hand on their farms. It allows me to still do what I love to do, farm!!”- Sylvia Panciera, Ocean Breeze Farm