Morgan Hill Farm is home to Jerry and Cheryl Connor and their 200 cattle, including the milking herd of 130. Holsteins and Jerseys are joined by the less common Lineback breed, which are known for their distinctive coloration featuring a white line down the spine, hence “lineback”. The cows spend as much time as possible out on pasture. “You can see just how excited they are in the morning when it is time to head outside,” says Cheryl.
Several years ago, the Connors decided to open their historic home, The Mountain View Inn, to bed and breakfast guests. Every stay comes with impressive views of the Champlain Valley and the Adirondack Mountains as well as the chance to see a dairy farm in action: from milking to feeding the calves and chickens. Cheryl is famous for her home-cooked breakfasts including frittatas made with farm-fresh eggs and seasonal vegetables and herbs, homemade butter, and her county fair award-winning jellies and jams.
Cheryl has long been active in the farming community. She started the Addison County Farm Workers Coalition, which brings together volunteers from many different backgrounds and careers to serve the needs of dairy farm workers. She is also on the board of directors of the Addison County Farm Bureau and was named its Woman of the Year in 2012.