Beyond their core dairy business, the Staebners produce humanely-raised veal, goat meat and maple syrup. They are lucky to be close to Yale University and a thriving farmers’ market through which they can sell their wares. The family also hauls agricultural products including milk, grain, sawdust, compost and hay throughout the state and beyond. Everyone takes charge of certain areas—though, Hale Staebner jokes, “It seems like if there’s a job no one wants to do, then it usually ends up on my list.”
Work hard, play hard
The family’s collection of antique farm tools dates back beyond the earliest days of Blue Slope and the museum they have built around it attracts several thousand visitors a year, from school groups to seniors. The farm’s four Belgian draft horses often provide wagon rides for the visiting groups. The nonprofit museum’s mission is to preserve and share past agricultural practices and lifestyles to help positively impact future decisions in agriculture. The family also hosts regular square dances and campfires with singing and marshmallows. “There’s more to life than work,” says Hale.