Farm History

The first deed for the land was recorded in 1738.
David Jewett from Rowley MA. was the first to
break open the forest and begin the arduous task
of building a home, clearing land and raising a family.
The Jewetts sold the farm in 1872 to Augustus Tuttle.
He built a new barn (1880) and remodeled the
house (1889). In 1920, the farm was sold to Halsey Allen,
Eric’s great grandfather. He brought the farm
into the modern age by planting a large orchard
and starting a commercial dairy cow herd.

 

For the ensuing years , the orchard and dairy were the mainstay of the farm. The orchard was discontinued in the late 1960’s.
In 1985, Eric came to the farm and worked to improve and expand the dairy operation.

An addition was put on the barn and 40 milkers provided milk to local dairies.

In 1998, Ann and Eric purchased a herd of dairy goats.

A new barn was built to set up in as the cows remained
until 2004. Now, cows no longer roam the fields at CBF,
Goats have made their mark here, and their cheese
speaks for why!

  • Wow – Summer is HERE!

    Yep! That 100 inches of winter snow is a distant memory! Days are now full of bright sunshine and cool dips in pond, lakes, pools and the ocean. I'm happy to have the farm pond but 50 feet from my back door. Yes, there are snapping turtles and water snakes - but NO SHARKS! so I'm safe. Goats are working the summer pastures - grasses are maturing, variety of plants is changing, and the goats enjoy the shade trees and coolness of the dirt mound during the noon time hours. Everyone has kidded! We hit 123 kids born this year. Pretty even spread between females and males. One of the best kidding season to date, with strong healthy kids born, and very few problems with the does during birthing. Kidding box is back upstairs - a celebrated event for me! BIG NEWS!! The book that consumed my 2014 has been released! "DAIRY GOAT HANDBOOK - for Backyard, Homestead and Small Farm" was a labor of .. well..love! Thanks to all who helped encourage, inform, edit and review!! I will be selling copies at farmers markets, our on-farm store, and other local venues. You can order through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Search with the title and Ann Starbard. I dropped some of our farmers markets - just too much after 17 years. We are at Copley Sq.on Fridays only, Newton - Cold Spring Park - Tuesday, Westborough - Thursday, Sterling - Friday, and Marblehead - Saturday. Thank you to all our loyal customers in Amherst and Arlington. WE MISS YOU.. and the markets. Difficult decisions - we hope you find us at another market, a retail location near you.. or better yet, plan to trip to Crystal Brook Farm - and visit us! You can email me a cheese order - crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net, or schedule a tour. Self guided farm tours are free and open during daylight hours, Wed. - Sun. Guided tours are available by appointment only. See Dooryard/Tours section. ??? email us at crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net, call or stop by... 192 TUTTLE ROAD STERLING, MA 01564 978-422-6646
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