Larry and Susan Hastings run their fourth-generation farm with their two adult daughters, Megan and Lauren. And their kids, the fifth generation, are already very much in evidence: cuddling the barn cats, feeding calves and enthusiastically promoting (ahem, drinking!) the family’s own freshly bottled chocolate milk. “There’s no better place to raise a family,” says Larry. He pauses and adds, “It’s also a joy to work side by side with your family. Yes, the hours are long and the work never stops, but you feel a sense of accomplishment in it all.”
The family has modernized and diversified to keep the farm chugging along. The Hastings don’t have far to go to find the ingredients for their time-honored tradition of Sunday family dinner. Their farm store offers their own bottled milk, cheeses and whole milk yogurt naturally flavored with fruits like apricot and strawberry. They also offer farm-raised beef and products from other neighboring farms including turkey, honey, maple and eggs.