Whittier Farms, located in beautiful Sutton, Massachusetts, is a family affair currently owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations. Wayne Whittier, his brother Todd and their mother Janice co-own the farm which has been in the family since 1945. The duties of the farm are shared between the family members as well as both full and part time employees.
Todd is the farm herdsman working day-in and day-out to ensure the 300 registered Holsteins are of top-quality genetics and producing high quality milk. Of the 300 registered Holsteins at Whittier Farms, about 130 are milking cows while the others are calves and heifers. Wayne is the crop and equipment manager tackling many of the daily break-downs and repairs while also taking charge on the planting and harvesting. The Whittiers crop about 400 acres of the 500 acres they own, growing hay, corn silage and grass silage. Wayne's wife, Mary, does the bookkeeping for the farm, operates the on-site retail store, and helps wherever needed. Wayne and Mary's children, Samantha, John, and Diana have been working on the farm since they were born and have taken on more responsibilities as they get older.
The Whittiers also operate a retail farm store, The Milk Store where they sell many homemade products, including their own fruits and vegetables in the summertime, as well as products from around New England. In the cheese cooler, The Milk Store features, of course, Cabot Creamery Cheese. The Whittiers also sell composted manure, screened loam, and bark mulch through the store.
In all aspects of the business, the Whittiers put their customers first. The Milk Store has a warm, community atmosphere as the Whittiers try to get to know their customers and employees and on the reverse, the customers have watched the Whittier kids grow-up. "I have customers come in and tell me that it seems like just yesterday I was standing on a milk crate handing them their change because I was too small to see over the counter" says Samantha Whittier, of the fifth generation.
In 2010, Whittier Farms became a part of the Massachusetts Agricultural Restriction Program (APR) keeping the farm protected as farmland. In December of 2014 they added a 150,000 watt solar array to the farm. These investments have helped the Whittiers maintain their commitment to keeping agriculture alive and well right here in Sutton, Massachusetts.
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