The name Goodrich is synonymous with dairy farming in Vermont. In fact, the Goodrich family was one of the founding families of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative in 1919. Their farm, named after the Molly Brook, which winds its way through Cabot, Vermont's scenic hayland, pasture, woodland and sugarbush. They are known for Jersey Cattle, family, and the farm with the strip fields of corn and alfalfa visible from Route 2. The family has 100 Jersey cows in the tall hoop barn, where they are free to move around as they please. The farm has been in the family since 1835 and Jerseys have always grazed the pastures.
The farm is currently owned and operated by Myles Goodrich and his wife Rhonda. Myles is the seventh generation to farm Molly Brook. Currently, four generations of Goodrich’s farm together, Walter and Sally Goodrich, Myles and Rhonda Goodrich, Chris and Brandy Goodrich with their children Addison and Ryan.
The Jersey cattle at Molly Brook rank among the very best in North America. The offspring of Molly Brook’s cows are so coveted for the quality and quantity of their milk that they can be found as far away as South Africa, Denmark, and even Australia.
Molly Brook has ridden the rollercoaster of milk prices and endured dozens of seemingly endless winters. Though each day brings new struggles and challenges, Myles and Rhonda love this beautiful place and their lives as dairy farmers. Maintaining a farm and the traditions that have carried on since 1835 just feels right to this hard-working family. Myles explains, “It’s a challenge to make everything work together but also rewarding to have a healthy herd of productive Jerseys, fertile land, and to work with family. It’s about the lifestyle and I am fortunate to have grown up here.”
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