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!

  • Changing Seasons

    The Autumn Season is rolling towards us. Record breaking heat disguises this idea. but the upper branches on the sugar maples tells a different story. "Blaze a New Trail this Autumn" read a local advertisement. Well worn paths have lots of merit, New unfamiliar paths do as well. Come visit the quiet Tuttle Road in Sterling and explore a new culinary path with Crystal Brook Farm Goat Cheese. The fall cheese is full of sweetness and flavor as the foraging plants change with the season. Perfect for pairing with fresh picked apples -- Sterling is well known for its apples! Around the corner on Heywood Road are enjoyable, less traveled hiking trails managed by Mass. Fisheries and Wildlife. Ann's recently released, "The Dairy Goat Handbook" is available at our On-Farm Store, and online outlets like Amazon. Learn interesting dairy goat and basic animal husbandry facts to explore your GOAT-titude! & wow the group on trivia night!! 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, call or stop by... 192 TUTTLE ROAD STERLING, MA 01564 978-422-6646
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