Honeysuckle Arrives

Our avalanche of calves has started to hit! We have had 9 new calves born this week, with a possible 10th on the way today. Our milk supply will be starting to increase drastically, and we are looking forward to making the larger batches of cheese that characterize summer on a grass fed diary farm. The farmers have starting cutting hay this week, and all of our markets are in full swing. Oh yes, it is certainly the beginning of the busy season around here, and we are all eager to starting working hard to produce some great future cheese for you all. 
Here is one of our new calves, Honeysuckle, enjoying a leisurely morning in the grass. 

Available Cheese This Week:
Buttercup Brie: Some nice early May wheels. That typical butter and buttermilk soft deliciousness with hints of mushroom on the rind. Mini wheels also available.
Herdsman: Regular wheels from Mid January, Basket wheels a little older. Great flavors abound. January wheels are creamy, flaky, with a sour cream finish. Raw Milk.
Havilah:  Wonderful August and Sept 2014 batches. Grass, pineapple, hints of hazelnut and fudge, with a really great texture. Raw Milk.
Lawrenceville Jack: November wheels. Grassy, mild and creamy. Raw Milk 
Full Nettle Jack: Spicy oregano and lemon notes shining through from the nettles. Spring and summer wheels. Raw Milk 
Enjoy this beautiful weekend.

Name Our Calves-Your Vote Counts!

Be Creative & Come By The Farm Thursday – Monday To Help Us Name Our Future Milking Herd!

Calving season is here and so far we have 7 girls looking for names and milk. Help us by picking names for our 2012 Spring calves, be creative, have fun and everyone’s vote counts! We will collect the votes by Sunday, April 15th and announce the selected names on Monday, April 16th.

The Girls:

Your Vote Counts – Be A Part Of Cherry Grove Farm!

After One Long Day Of Counting The Voted And Making Lists We Have Come Up With A Top 3 Plus The Voters Choice Option For Each Calf. Now We Need You All To Vote Just One More Time To Help Us Narrow It Down To A Winning Name For Each Calf. Use The Photos Above As A Reference Point. Thanks Again For All Your Help!

Calf #201

1. Layla (Our #1 favorite name plus it was the name of the first milking cow ever at Cherry Grove Farm)

2. Jersey

3. Cheese

Customers Pick: Bambi

Calf #202 (keep in mind calf #202 is a baby bull out in the pasture with his mom so we picked from the boy names)

1. Pickle (The winning name by one vote!)

2. Bubs

3. Ice Cream

Customers Pick: Sleepy

Calf #203

1. Taffy

2. Daisy (Winning name)

3. Violet

Customer Pick: Daisy

Calf #204

1. Petunia

2. Mable (this one was close but Mable won by one vote!)

3. Sophie

Customers Pick: Buttercup

Calf #205

1. Sadie (The winning name)

2. Smore

3. Kally

Customers Pick: Brownie

Calf #206

1. Patches (The winning name)

2. Pokadot

3. Tree Branch

Customers Pick: Patches

Calf #207

1. Daisy

2. Charlotte (Winning name)

3. Darla

Customers Pick: Bambi

Calf #208

1. Hersey (Our favorite as well plus it is your top pick!)

2. Sammy

3. Lucy

Customers Pick: Chocolate

Great Job Everyone We Will Be Writing The Winning Names On The Girls Tags So For Years To Come You Can Come To The Farm And Watch Them Grow Up Into Our Milking Herd.

Cherry Grove Farm News – Spring 2012


Hard to believe, but our “winter break” is almost over. Every winter, during the cows’ last months of pregnancy, we give them and ourselves a break from milking. We spend January and February recouping, reorganizing and even resting a little.  And now is the time to kick into gear…new calves are being born, their moms are giving milk and we are making cheese again…

The first baby girl of the season was born about two weeks ago. Interestingly enough, her mom was the first baby girl of her own season a couple of years ago.  We were touched by the warm welcome she received (51 “likes” on facebook!). The expecting moms congregate in the barn outside the store and if you’re lucky you can even witness a birth.  The babies are in what used to be the goat barn. Come by and say hi!

Samuel Kennedy, Cheese Maker At Cherry Grove Farm

Sam, our cheese maker announced Friday March 9th as The official first day of cheese making. He’ll start with a few wheels at first and as the milk flow increases he’ll be making more and more…

Jersey Calves 2012 At Cherry Grove Farm

Kelly is training the young cows to get milked. If you come around 3:30 pm, there’s a good chance you will see him in action.The rest of the time he is running around birthing and taking care of the calves.

Soon we and the cows will all settle into the rhythm of another busy season on the farm… hope you can come and share this wonderful experience with us!

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