Hook Dairy Farm

Brunswick, VT
200 Milking Cows

Building from scratch

The Hook family farms on the Connecticut River in Vermont right near the New Hampshire border, and sometimes they do things the old-fashioned way. A few years back, Dean Hook realized the old barn needed replacing and so they decided to put the farm’s old sawmill to use. They milled their own lumber, installed the foundation, framed the barn, installed the rafters, and built themselves a beautiful, handcrafted barn for their herd of 200. The job took three years to complete because they had other things going onlike running their farm.

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Diversifying into breakfast

As if farmers aren’t busy enough, a few years ago the family purchased a restaurant greatly in need of repair and rejuvenation. After some major freshening up, the couple opened Claudette and Dean’s Place in North Stratford, NY, a friendly breakfast and lunch spot where everyone feels at home. Claudette spends most of her time there making sure the coffee is hot and the home fries crispy. “Running a farm is tough work with long hours,” she says. “Milk prices go up and down, and it’s good to have something else to rely on during down cycles. That’s what the restaurant is all about.”

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