Sanctuary Dairy Farm

Sunapee, NH
750 acres
40 milking cows

Ice cream dreams

At the age of nine, tenth-generation dairy farmer Beck Johnson had a dream. Like lots of kids, he dreamt of ice cream—but in this case, he wanted to make it, not just eat it. And so Sanctuary Farm, first settled by the Johnsons in the 1760s, got into the ice cream business thanks to Beck and his sister, Maranda, who became known locally as “The Ice Cream Kids”. The recipes start with the highest-quality milk and cream; and they also support other local farmers from whom they buy ingredients like blueberries and strawberries. Beck even went on to earn a certificate from Penn State University for ice cream science and the family traveled to Italy to learn from the masters themselves.

Jared Johnson has come back after college to work on the farm.
The Johnsons received the original parcel of land after the French and Indian War.
This barn, built in 1987, replaced the one Jolyon’s grandfather built in 1920.
Out to pasture.

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