The Davis family has owned land and farmed in Connecticut since 1632. Andy Davis Sr. bought the family’s current farm in 1969 and currently operates it with his sons, Brad and Andy, Jr. They each have a son and daughter, and Brad’s son plans to return to work on the farm once he retires from the Air Force. The farm sees a happy parade of grandchildren who visit frequently. They love to feed the calves, help out with milking and fish in the river that circles the farm.
Like many farmers, the Davis Dairy Farm does a little something on the side, and it makes a big difference. Their roadside stand offers farm-made compost, eggs, fruits, berries, and vegetables in season. It is a favorite of the community who truly value the fresh locally grown products. Neighbors and friends had the opportunity to show their appreciation back in 1986 when the area suffered a severe drought. They helped install temporary piping and moved sprinkler heads day after day to irrigate crops with water from the river bordering the property. “The town is always there when we need them,” Brad reflects. “They feel like they have a stake in our operation, and nobody has to ask them for help. That’s what local dairy farming is all about.”