Great Brook Farm

Great Brook Farm Great Brook State Park is Open dawn-dusk everyday, year-round. Ice Cream Stand open April-October, 11am-dark. Composted cow manure and screened loam available year-round call 978 371 7083

Operating as usual

Helping hands...or hooves
12/18/2021

Helping hands...or hooves

Helping hands...or hooves

Did you know you can visit the animals year-round? Parsley and Sage love visitors! Both are Alpine goats, known as a goo...
11/27/2021

Did you know you can visit the animals year-round? Parsley and Sage love visitors! Both are Alpine goats, known as a good milking breed. These two will not have babies or give milk. They live with Tom (Alpine/Saanen cross) and Saffron (a Boer goat, known for meat but she will not be eaten).

11/17/2021
10/24/2021

Today was our last day of the 2021 scooping season at Great Brook Farm Ice Cream. Thank you to all who supported our family business this season. See you in April 2022.

To the women and men picking our produce, caring for animals, tending to the crops- Happy National Farmer's Day.
10/13/2021

To the women and men picking our produce, caring for animals, tending to the crops- Happy National Farmer's Day.

Farm member spotlight: Sophia the alpaca. Sophia and her friend Maggie the other alpaca have lived at Great Brook Farm f...
10/09/2021

Farm member spotlight: Sophia the alpaca. Sophia and her friend Maggie the other alpaca have lived at Great Brook Farm for the past 9 years. Sophia enjoys eating, napping and watching people as if they are the odd looking ones.

Farm member spotlight: Sophia the alpaca. Sophia and her friend Maggie the other alpaca have lived at Great Brook Farm for the past 9 years. Sophia enjoys eating, napping and watching people as if they are the odd looking ones.

Strutting into Sunday like...
10/03/2021

Strutting into Sunday like...

Strutting into Sunday like...

09/19/2021

Pumpkin and Pumpkin Oreo ice cream are back!!! 🎃🎃

09/15/2021

Pushing to get harvest done, working long days and nights.

We have begun corn harvest 2021. The entire stalk of cattle corn is chopped. The kernels are pressed in a kernel process...
09/11/2021

We have begun corn harvest 2021. The entire stalk of cattle corn is chopped. The kernels are pressed in a kernel processor attached to our son's Claas Chopper. The second picture is our trench silo. All our cow chow is dumped, packed down with equipment, and then covered with a special tarp to limit moisture. This trench silo will be filled with silage in a couple weeks. It will be enough feed for our cows until next year's harvest. The second part of the trench silo has loose hay. We also feed apple pomace, brewer's grain, minerals and grain from the Midwest. Our cows have their own feed nutritionist we work with; each age group gets a different feed mixture. If you want to learn more, give our son a follow on YouTube at 'Farming with Duffy AG.'

We had to say goodbye to this little lady on the right. Patience was 14. We had her mother Patzee and she came to us jus...
09/07/2021

We had to say goodbye to this little lady on the right. Patience was 14. We had her mother Patzee and she came to us just a few months old. She was spicy- she held her own against tall Tom on the left. She enjoyed food (never patient when it came to grain) and feared the brush- avoiding having her coat brushed at all costs; even when she needed her winter coat combed out in the spring. Her favorite scratch spot was behind her ears. She passed peacefully, letting us know it was time. Patience was a very special part of the farm and will be missed.

We had to say goodbye to this little lady on the right. Patience was 14. We had her mother Patzee and she came to us just a few months old. She was spicy- she held her own against tall Tom on the left. She enjoyed food (never patient when it came to grain) and feared the brush- avoiding having her coat brushed at all costs; even when she needed her winter coat combed out in the spring. Her favorite scratch spot was behind her ears. She passed peacefully, letting us know it was time. Patience was a very special part of the farm and will be missed.

Did you know the best time to fertilize your lawn is in the fall? Our compost is ready for you and all your lawn & garde...
09/02/2021

Did you know the best time to fertilize your lawn is in the fall? Our compost is ready for you and all your lawn & garden needs. In case you forgot, here are the details:
*Compost is aged one year, odor free
*Bags are $5.50 each or 4 bags for $20
*Cash or check accepted
*Pickup at the farm, all daylight hours- 247 North Rd Carlisle, MA
*It is self-serve pickup and bags weigh appropriately 60 lbs
*Call the farm for bulk delivery 978-371-7083
*This is our 34th year in business

Did you know the best time to fertilize your lawn is in the fall? Our compost is ready for you and all your lawn & garden needs. In case you forgot, here are the details:
*Compost is aged one year, odor free
*Bags are $5.50 each or 4 bags for $20
*Cash or check accepted
*Pickup at the farm, all daylight hours- 247 North Rd Carlisle, MA
*It is self-serve pickup and bags weigh appropriately 60 lbs
*Call the farm for bulk delivery 978-371-7083
*This is our 34th year in business

Farm member spotlight:This is Big Red. She is a Rhode Island Red.  She's one of our heaviest chickens (she says it's the...
08/30/2021

Farm member spotlight:
This is Big Red. She is a Rhode Island Red. She's one of our heaviest chickens (she says it's the weight of her feathers) and lays large light brown eggs. Her hobbies include making lots of noise in the hen house when other hens are laying eggs and eating cow chow out of the cow's feed bunk next door.

08/28/2021

This is the weather we have waited for all summer!! Ice cream stand open 11am until dark. Free Smartbarn tours at 1, 3 and 5pm. Park is open dawn to dusk. Come enjoy the park and farm

08/27/2021

When people say they will only eat “antibiotic free” meat, I would love to show them this picture. How would you feel if you had a case of pink eye and didn’t go to the doctor to get medicine to make it better? I would assume the burning in the eye would be quite painful. The same is true for animals.

One of my calves had pink eye, and I (the doctor) gave him a spray in his eye and an antibiotic to help heal his infection. If we can take antibiotics when we are sick, why can’t we expect our animals to do the same?

This is the first time this animal has ever been given an antibiotic, and hopefully it’s the last. But if I didn’t treat him knowing he had a bacterial infection in his eye, he would suffer in pain for a few weeks, completely loose vision out of that eye, and potentially loose the entire eye if the infection got bad enough. That’s a better end result than giving an antibiotic to heal the eye in a few days? I would beg to differ.

You see, since he was given a shot, that does not mean that there will be antibiotics in his meat. Every single antibiotic has a withdrawal period on the label. After the minimum withdrawal days have gone by, the medicine will be completely out of his system and his body will be antibiotic free. ALL animals are antibiotic free because of required withdrawal periods, and every animal that enters a processing facility is tested before butcher to make sure there is no antibiotics in their system. If there is, the animal is rejected and will not be butchered.

Pink eye is a very contagious disease and can cause many issues this time of the year. Luckily, we have only had a few calves who have gotten it, but if we didn’t treat those few animals it could potentially spread like wild fire into the rest of the herd. And that is NOT a good day if that would happen.

Did you know ALL meat is antibiotic free because of withdrawal periods? Leave your response in the comments below 👇🏻

#beringerfamilyfarms #bustingmyths #antibioticfree #dontfallformarketingschemes #mislabelingatitsfinest #knowthefacts #trustafarmer

08/21/2021

When the boss calls and asks if you can come in on your day off

It's important to keep hydrated while exercising.  Sage has her own method, climbing the automatic waterer and drinking ...
08/18/2021

It's important to keep hydrated while exercising. Sage has her own method, climbing the automatic waterer and drinking upside-down.

It's important to keep hydrated while exercising. Sage has her own method, climbing the automatic waterer and drinking upside-down.

New!! Caramel Macchiato FrappeCoffee ice cream blended with expresso powder, whipped cream, caramel drizzle
08/12/2021

New!!
Caramel Macchiato Frappe
Coffee ice cream blended with expresso powder, whipped cream, caramel drizzle

New!!
Caramel Macchiato Frappe
Coffee ice cream blended with expresso powder, whipped cream, caramel drizzle

Farnham and Lowell enjoying their morning hose down time
08/07/2021

Farnham and Lowell enjoying their morning hose down time

Farnham and Lowell enjoying their morning hose down time

08/07/2021
07/31/2021

Today is a million dollar day! 75, sunny, light breeze and no rain! Come visit the park and farm. Free barn tours at 1, 3 and 5pm. Ice cream is open 11am until dark!

Chillin' in the pool with my homie
07/30/2021

Chillin' in the pool with my homie

Chillin' in the pool with my homie

Update- thanks for the support! We had many people message us for eggs and, at this time, have no more available. Our da...
07/28/2021

Update- thanks for the support! We had many people message us for eggs and, at this time, have no more available.

Our daughter is looking for a few more regular egg customers. Fresh eggs, unique colors from happy hens. Pickup in Billerica- 10 minutes from the farm. Please message us if interested.

Ever wonder what the view from a tractor looks like? We're chopping haylage which is loose grass. It gets chopped green,...
07/25/2021

Ever wonder what the view from a tractor looks like? We're chopping haylage which is loose grass. It gets chopped green, we dump it in our trench silo, we pack it down with the weight of our tractors or bulldozer, then we cover the 'bunk' with a special tarp that minimizes oxygen and moisture. All our 'cow chow' aka feed is tested by our feed nutritionist. We collaborate closely with our nutritionist who works with us to feed each cow the right balanced diet. Just like humans, our cows eat differently based on their age and stage of lactation.

Ever wonder what the view from a tractor looks like? We're chopping haylage which is loose grass. It gets chopped green, we dump it in our trench silo, we pack it down with the weight of our tractors or bulldozer, then we cover the 'bunk' with a special tarp that minimizes oxygen and moisture. All our 'cow chow' aka feed is tested by our feed nutritionist. We collaborate closely with our nutritionist who works with us to feed each cow the right balanced diet. Just like humans, our cows eat differently based on their age and stage of lactation.

True friendship has no boundaries...and no personal space it seems
07/24/2021

True friendship has no boundaries...and no personal space it seems

True friendship has no boundaries...and no personal space it seems

07/19/2021

Our composted cow manure is back! $5.50 per bag or four bags for $20.

07/18/2021

Despite the weather, the Ice cream stand is open today!

Goldie and Pumpkin look like twins, but they are 4 years apart. Lowell and Farnham are one day apart from different moth...
07/18/2021

Goldie and Pumpkin look like twins, but they are 4 years apart.

Lowell and Farnham are one day apart from different mothers and growing fast! We bought a second automatic feeder because Lowell was hogging (pun intended) all the grain.

07/17/2021

We are sold out of composted cow manure. It has been too wet to screen the aged compost we have ready to sell. We are waiting on our screener to arrive which we rent and for the atmosphere to dry up. We apologize for this. We will post here when we have more bags available.

07/10/2021

Ice cream stand is open today 11am until dark! Barn tours are at 1, 2 and 3.

Baby Saffron relaxing. Many people ask us what breed she is. She is a Boer goat. Boers hail from South Africa and the wo...
06/23/2021

Baby Saffron relaxing. Many people ask us what breed she is. She is a Boer goat. Boers hail from South Africa and the word 'Boer' translates to 'farmer'. Boers are typically a meat goat, but Saffron will spend her life with us on the farm.

Baby Saffron relaxing. Many people ask us what breed she is. She is a Boer goat. Boers hail from South Africa and the word 'Boer' translates to 'farmer'. Boers are typically a meat goat, but Saffron will spend her life with us on the farm.

Our friends are looking for few regular egg customers. If interested please private message us. Pickup in Billerica, MA ...
06/21/2021

Our friends are looking for few regular egg customers. If interested please private message us. Pickup in Billerica, MA less than 10 minutes from the farm. $4 per dozen. Brown and white eggs available from happy hens.

Our friends are looking for few regular egg customers. If interested please private message us. Pickup in Billerica, MA less than 10 minutes from the farm. $4 per dozen. Brown and white eggs available from happy hens.

Maggie and her pool, a love story...Did you know Alpacas love to play in water? Miss Maggie is always putting her feet i...
06/20/2021

Maggie and her pool, a love story...

Did you know Alpacas love to play in water? Miss Maggie is always putting her feet in the water bowls so we bought her a play pool. Sophia has never been a water gal; she just supervises along with the sheep.

06/19/2021

High eighties and sun this weekend. Perfect ice cream weather!

New truck driver on the farm.  Not sure if he's going to make it...he's easily distracted
06/17/2021

New truck driver on the farm. Not sure if he's going to make it...he's easily distracted

New truck driver on the farm. Not sure if he's going to make it...he's easily distracted

Address

247 North Rd
Carlisle, MA
01741

General information

Great Brook Farm State Park is a 1,000 acre Massachusetts State Park. 1,000 acres anyone can explore year-round. Mountain biking, hiking, bring your own horse and hit the trails, go for a picnic, fly a kite, bring your kayak or canoe. The Duffy Family has been maintaining the dairy farm since 1987. Mark and Tamma Duffy, their three children Marlow, Chris and Blake have had the same Holstein Herd for 30 years. The milk from their 140 cow dairy goes to West Springfield, MA where it is turned into Cabot products such as sour cream and cottage cheese. The Duffy Family belongs to the Agri-Mark Cooperative which owns Cabot, yes the cheese! Their local, New England Co-op has been supporting farm families since 1916. The Duffy's ice cream stand at Great Brook Farm is open mid-April thru Halloween. Serving 63 nutrient-rich flavors of hard ice cream, yogurt, sherbet and sorbet! Of course, the small farm animals can be visited year-round. Visit the sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, cows, pigs, and rabbits at Great Brook Farm with your family and spend a relaxing, educational afternoon with us.

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Great Brook Farm State Park is Open dawn-dusk everyday, year-round. Ice Cream Stand is open April-October, 11am-dark. The stand serves up 60 flavors of ice cream, sherbet, frozen yogurt and sorbet (dairy free). There are also hot dogs and chips for sale. There are farm animals to feed for $0.25 (you get a handful of grain). These include Alpacas, sheep, lambs, goats, chickens and pigs. Composted cow manure and screened loam are available year-round call 978 371 7083. Barn tours are free on Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 3 and 5pm and meet at the ice cream stand- see our robots milk the cows, stand on a cow mattress, and meet the calves. The park is 1,000 acres and has over 20 miles of trails for hiking, walking, mountain biking, or trail riding if you bring your own horse.

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Gorgeous weather, fabulous photo, and great reviews from Sunday's hike at Great Brook Farm State Park with Gregory Leschishin: "The instructor was entertaining and personable. He planned a hike that was sufficiently challenging, but accessible to a wide range of walkers from young to not-so-young. The group that walked was lively and engaged with each other because of the instructor's friendliness."
Do you have RV parking for a couple hours? Thank you.
why were barn tours cancelled today and yesterday?
🔦Employee Spotlight 🔦 Meet Kate! 👋 Dental Assistant Kate is one of the newest members to our NVD team; It will be 1 year in September! Although she is a "newbie" here in the office, she is not new to the industry. She entered the dental field 20 yrs ago after seeing her mom enjoy her career as a dental office manger. Patients of Kate's can expect sincere compassion & pure kindness during their visit! "I will always make sure patients in my care are well informed and have a clear understanding of any procedure's we may be performing." We chose to highlight Kate this month because she is a ray of sunshine in the office🌞 "🌸Summer 🌸 is my favorite! I love heading to the beach with my daughters & finding fun adventures to take them on. From random hike's followed by ice cream, to mini escapes up in North Conway or down to Newport." Check out Kate's favorite local mini adventure spot Great Brook Farm for trail hikes and amazing ice cream! 🌿🍦
Is your ice cream safe for kids with nut allergies? Thanks
Do you offer deliver of a 1/2 cord of wood to West Springfield and if so the price. Thank you in advance.
Dairy Month! Great Brook Farm is in Carlisle, MA and an interesting fact....they don’t own a single inch of land; instead, they have a long-term lease with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and who would have thought their farm is in a state park? And that makes for a unique experience. They manage 300 acres of land, have 140 cows, and see over 100,000 visitors at the farm each year. #buylocal #dairy #farmergeorge
Today is World Milk Day! We thank our local dairy farms for their hard work and support of our Essex and Middlesex counties! Here are the local dairy farms in our community: Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA, Artichoke Dairy in Newbury, MA, Dancing Goats Dairy in Newbury, MA, Dunajski Dairy in Peabody, MA, Great Brook Farm in Carlisle, MA, Herrick Dairy Farm in Rowley, MA, Richardson's Ice Cream in Middleton, MA, Shaw Dairy Farm in Dracut, MA, The Herb Hill Micro-Dairy in Andover, MA, Valley View Farm in Topsfield, MA and Tully Farm in Dunstable, MA. #buylocal #dairy
So, why has the almighty state not allowed the farm to open for ice cream sales? Its a 100% take-out business and most other take-out restaurants are open. Maybe ice cream is not essential to the joyless bureaucrats but it is to many of the rest of us. The park is jammed with people and the farm needs to move the milk and cream the cows are producing. No reason for this travesty to go on except a one size fits all bureaucratic mentality at the state level. Very disappointing.
I know you aren't open, right now. But, I was wondering if you typically provide tours for Girl Scout troops?
My daughter lost our car key (electronic) yesterday while running at Great Brook. If anyone finds it please let me know. It would be very appreciated. Thanks