Worthen Dairy Farm, located in Mercer, Maine, is owned by Jonas Worthen, a 4th generation dairy farmer, and his wife Mellori. Jonas's great grandfather, Libbee Worthen, settled the farm in 1850. Jonas and Mellori hay and cut wood from their 400 acre farm each year. They grow their own chickens and eat their own beef. Gardening enough fruits and vegetables for a full winters supply is a hobby Mellori enjoys. She is also a harpist and music teacher.
Their beautiful Holstein cows produce milk for Agri-Mark. Most of their milk goes to the Hood plant in Portland Maine, and as Cabot Creamery Cooperative members, they take pride in the cooperative's numerous awards for their "World's Best Cheddar."
The Worthens recently painted one of their barns with the Cabot plaid design. "I built that barn from trees off the farm, 35 years ago," says Jonas. "It is good to see it looking so classy once again."
Their son Andrew is very involved in the farm and plans to continue working it into the 5th generation and beyond. His long-term goals are to develop it into a green energy farm, with wind, solar, and waterpower. In addition to the milking cows, he'd also like to have more beef cattle and a goat.
As a family, the Worthens enjoy going to local fairs and selling Cabot cheese. "There is a satisfying pride, knowing that we are producing food for our fellow citizens, caring for our gentle animals and working our lovely land," continues Jonas. "To us, this is the only way of life. This is the good life."
Be sure to check out Andrew Worthen's yummy Chicken & Vegetable Garden Chili, made using fresh garden veggies!
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