Historic farm was at the vanguard of local-farming movement
This 1,500-acre farm was once the estate of famed artist and writer Rockwell Kent, who also operated it as a working dairy farm. David Brunner and Rhonda Butler bought the farm in 1988 – 17 years after Kent’s death – but they didn’t put it back into production until 2003, when they began making goat cheese. They’ve grown, adding pork, poultry, beef and vegetables, but not so far that they’ve abandoned their principles: Like many of the small farms in the Champlain Valley, they stick to sustainable, ecologically friendly principles.
At a glance
- Goat milk is good for more than cheese – try the sea-salt goat milk caramels, which took third place in the 2013 American Dairy Goat Association Goat Milk Products Competition (goat milk confections category).
- CSA shares available – vegetable, meat and dairy.
- Stay at the farm in the Emerson House, designed and built by Kent in the 1930s for his son.