Cream of the Crop Farm located in Russell piqued my interest when I saw their advertisement for locally raised, grass-fed beef and free range eggs; however, when I noticed they also offer farm tours I was sold! Tours are available by appointment and Farm Manager Jerald Reinford was nice enough to show us around the place recently. We were able to visit some of the more than 30 cows on the property (including a calf only hours old), feed them some farm-grown barley, and learn about the production of raw milk. The girls loved interacting with the cows (Faith was in hysterics watching her sister hand-feed them the barley) and seeing the chicks. I enjoyed learning more about the science of raw milk and visiting the farm store. The tour lasted about 25 minutes.
Even if feeding cows is not your thing, the farm store alone is worth the ride. There is a great variety of locally-grown, all natural products offered: raw Jersey milk, free range eggs, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, kefir, butter, honey, maple syrup, jam and other canned goods, and several cuts of beef, pork and turkey. We brought home some of the milk, eggs, stew beef, and ice cream and were delighted with all of them. Everything had great flavor and freshness. Purchases are cash only. The farm store is open year round -- closed on Sundays.
If attending a farm tour, remember this is a working farm. I was glad I reminded everyone to put on their muck boots before we left the house, especially since we visited during mud season. We can't wait to return for another tour once spring is fully upon us. This local farm is a definitely road-trip worthy: everyone can learn about the day-to-day operations of farming, you can bring home some delicious locally-sourced food, and you're supporting local agricultural families. Win-win-win.
Cream of the Crop Farm is located at 601 Blandford Road (Route 23) in Russell. You can contact Jerald Reinford, Farm Manager to schedule a tour at email@example.com or 413-297-6037.