Our family has been farming this land for 11 generations with 4 generations of Youngs currently living and working together on the farm. Our family tree brings us back to early Woodstock with the Lyon Family who established Valleyside Farm in 1819. Twice in our history, a daughter carried on the farm, first a "Lyon" daughter who married a "Child" (Child Hill Road was born), and then more recently, a "Young" married a "Child" daughter. Throughout our history we have held a deep pride of our farming heritage and a passion to continue our commitment to our community in Woodstock, CT.
In the late 1800's, Valleyside Farm donated land to open a cooperative creamery that ran to serve the townspeople of Woodstock. Upon its closing in the early 1900's, Lucas' great grandparents and grandfather still ran a milk route in Woodstock, Putnam, and the surrounding towns. As the dairy industry streamlined, many small creameries closed and with them, the daily connection to the customers. It has been a dream of ours to rekindle this connection with our community.
A decade ago, the family saw trends converging in preference for local foods and desire for natural ingredients. After intensive professional training, product research, and market development, Woodstock Creamery, our very own on-farm creamery was launched in August 2018.
A note from Angela Young: In 2018 after many, many years of planning, working & waiting....watching our farm & children grow, waiting for the time to be "right" and the "what-ifs" to work themselves out, the doors were opened to Woodstock Creamery at Valleyside Farm! From the beginning, we have been able to continue our commitment to our Cabot Co-op while still being able to offer our own milk, yogurt, and of course our SKYR, which are all processed in our on-farm creamery. We have since added various specialty milks, dips, labneh, our own creamery style frozen skyr, sorbet, our own beef, pork and lamb! We offer farm raised chicken from our friends at Blackmer Farms in Thompson, and turkey products from Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Sterling. We also have locally made ice cream from We-Li-Kit in Pomfret and Ekonk Hill, as well as many local artisan products.
As our family looks to continue our longstanding legacy of loving our land, our cows, and our neighbors seek ways to connect to where their food comes from, we are hopeful for the future of our family's farm. We look forward to providing our community with the same high quality milk, dairy products and meat that we enjoy in our own home.
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You will notice that her mother Carly, is our logo!
Just one of many items we offer at the Creamery.
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