Milking

The goats are milked twice a day, everyday.
Milking times are 6 am and 5 pm.


The milking parlor is an efficient and animal friendly
room, with lots of natural light and air flow.

Each goat produces about
1 gallon of milk per day.
Milk production is a truly amazing process, with
the complex setup of secretory cells,
blood vessels, ducts and muscles.
400 gallons of blood flows through a
goat’s udder to produce 1 gallon of milk.

WOW!!! These critters are amazing!

The milk is piped directly through a filter,
chilled to 38 degrees F. and stored or used
that day for cheese making.
Cheese is made strictly from our goats milk.
Come visit Crystal Brook Farm to meet the goats.
You are welcome to come anytime on your own or plan a tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a working farm. For the animals and your safety–

**Please leave your dogs at home or in your car.
**Visit with the animals from
outside the barn and pasture area.
**Stay at least 3 feet away the electric fences.
**Smoking is not permitted on the premises.

  • Happy Memorial Day!

    Wow- Where did these spring months go? It's Memorial Day weekend and the sun is shining Bright! The On-Farm Store will be open on Monday, Memorial Day holiday from 7 am - 7 pm, as well as the weekend days Sat. and Sun. 7 am - 7 pm. Stop by and pick up goat cheese for your holiday picnics and parties! WE NEED RAIN - the hay has slowed growth, the pastures are not regrowing with great speed, and my garden is slow to sprout. We have cut some of our farmers markets this year. Sad to leave old favorites - Amherst, Arlington, and Copley - Tuesday. Please look for our farmstead goat cheese in area stores and farmstands. We are still going to Copley on Friday. Visits to our farm to pick up cheese is strongly encouraged. Please contact me ----crystalbrookfarm@comcast.net - if you'd like to place an order for a quantity of cheese -- The cheese freezes well - so stock up on your destination goat cheese trip! BIG NEWS!! The book that consumed my 2014 is out next week!!! 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. A few pregnant goats remain in the herd - Some stragglers that will hopefully be birthing soon. I always like getting the kidding box of supplies down from the hay mow in January -- and putting it back up in June! So there are still baby goats to come see. Self guided 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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