It’s not unusual to see an image of a dairy farm on a bottle of milk, but it’s a special dairy farm that earns a place of honor on a bottle of wine. As depicted by local artist, Tom Menard in his painting “Celebrating Agriculture,” the iconic red barn and white farmhouse of Fairvue Farms grace the label of Taylor Brooke Winery’s Woodstock Hill wine. And Celebrating Agriculture is what the Miller family is all about, participating in the annual September event by that name, too, during which they offer guided tours of their progressive, environmentally oriented dairy.
The farm has been owned by the Miller family since 1962, but its agricultural roots go back more than 200 years; some of the original structures are still in use, including the farmhouse office. After his father’s untimely death when he was just 16, Paul Miller convinced his mom to purchase land and started farming himself with 20 cows. Today, he and his wife Diane run the farm with their son, David, now a partner in the farm.
Several years ago, the Millers joined forces with five other Connecticut dairy farms to create The Famer’s Cow brand of local milk, half and half, ice cream and other farm-fresh products like eggs. The line is now available in Southern New England and New York through hundreds of stores. “This is a great way to keep people in the area informed about dairy farming,” Paul says, “and it also provides a small safety net for the farmers.”