Cherry Grove Farm

Cherry Grove Farm is a diversified, sustainable dairy farm and creamery situated on 480 acres of woodland, wetland and pasture in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. We make award-winning farmstead cheeses from our grass-fed cows’ milk. As part of our sustainable ecosystem, we also raise a small number of pigs, lambs, chickens and beef cattle, producing grass- and whey-fed meats, raised without hormones, antibiotics or steroids.

By raising a variety of animals we use our resources more efficiently, creating a farm that is sustainable not only in production, but also as a business. With this ethos comes a commitment to the long term health of our land. We believe in building from the soil up, working every day to ensure that our organically certified pastures are nourished and thriving. If we take care of the land, the land will nourish us.

Our commitment as a farm is to be transparent, to educate and engage with our community, reconnecting our neighbors to the land and the source of their food.

THE DAIRY HERD

Our ladies are a mixed group of Jersey, Milking Short Horn, Friesian, Red Ayreshire and Dutch Belted cows, with a Holstein or two thrown in for good luck. Once blended together, the diversity of fat and protein in these milks allow us to explore a range of cheese styles, a distinctly American approach to cheese making.

We practice intensive rotational grazing, moving the animals regularly to keep the pasture healthy, give it time to rest and rejuvenate, and ensure the best possible forage for each season. The cows’ milk reflects the changing grasses and pasture plants season by season, and you can taste these seasonal shifts in our cheese varietals.

A SUSTAINABLE WHEY

As a sustainable farm, we must use our resources efficiently, reusing and recycling as much as possible. Cheesemaking produces a large amount of whey. We feed that protein-rich liquid to our Berkshire and Duroc-cross pigs, who spend their days foraging in the woods and pastures. When in excess, whey can also be spread on the fields, adding minerals back into the soil. With more pasture than our 120-head dairy herd needs, we graze a herd of about 180 Katahdin sheep and a small number of beef cattle to help crop the fields. Our flock of heritage breed laying hens live in mobile coops, pecking through the grass and spreading organic matter as they follow the sheep from pasture to pasture. We are proud to have achieved Animal Welfare Approval for the egg laying flock.

GOOD NEIGHBORS

With more than enough land to go around, two local organic vegetable CSA’s lease farmland from us. Both Cherry Grove Organic Farm and Z Food Farm share our vision of healthy food and sustainable farming, and seeing small scale agriculture flourish once again is rewarding. We get a sense of fulfillment from the effort to preserve farmland and see it help support a new generation of farmers.

Cherry Grove Farm has been in the Hamill family since 1902.  In keeping with the family’s historic commitment to conservation, the farm is managed in cooperation with mother nature. Much of the land has been left as wetland and woodland, offering natural habitat for native plants, songbirds, wild turkey, deer, fox and other native creatures.

 Visit the Farm

We understand the importance of knowing exactly where our food comes from, so Cherry Grove Farm is open to the public. Our cheese is made on the farm from our own cows’ milk. The meats produced on the farm are processed without nitrates or preservatives so you can expect a clean, quality product. Neighbors and customers are encouraged to visit year-round, to enjoy the pastoral setting, participate in tours and classes, and develop a relationship with the source of their food.

At our on-site Farm Store, we sell our own farmstead cheeseswhey-fed porkgrass-fed lamb, grass-fed beef and pasture-raised chickens and eggs , as well as a plethora of local- and artisan-made goods.


Proud Member of the Good Food Merchants Guild Since 2012

 

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1902 - Family purchased farm

1910 - Leased land to dairy farmer

1987 - Hamill Brothers inherit farm

2002 - Started as a family business

2003 - Started a beef herd, laying hens, and pigs

2004 - Added sheep and attained organic certification of pasture land

2005 - Added dairy herd and began making fresh cheeses like mozzarella

2006 - Built aging caves and began making aged cheeses

2012 - Grid Magazine’s Cheese of the Month (Nov – Full Nettle Jack); Finalist at the Good Food Awards (Toma)

2013 - Won 2 blue ribbons from the American Cheese Society(for Buttercup Brie and Lawrenceville Jack Reserve); Added second cheesemaker

2014 - Broke ground on additional aging space and began process of getting AWA certification for our chickens
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