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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

I heard there was ice cream at this joint...?I'm waiting mom!
05/16/2022

I heard there was ice cream at this joint...?
I'm waiting mom!

05/15/2022

Saffron playing

Composted cow manure is ready for your garden and lawn needs. Bags are $5.50 each or 4 bags for $20. This is our 35th ye...
05/07/2022

Composted cow manure is ready for your garden and lawn needs. Bags are $5.50 each or 4 bags for $20. This is our 35th year selling compost. Material is hand bagged, aged a year, odor-free and excellent for any garden and lawn needs. Pickup any daylight hour at the farm 247 North RD Carlisle, MA. Cash or check accepted, payment is right by the manure bag trailers.

04/12/2022

Opening Day for Ice Cream is this Saturday 4/16 at 11am. We close at dark and animals will be out to pet. Piglets arrive end of May. If you stop by, be sure to say 'Happy Birthday' to our mother Tamma who will most likely be scooping all day!

04/02/2022
Out & about looking for worms
03/26/2022

Out & about looking for worms

03/19/2022

Friday evening vibes

03/12/2022

We are hiring for the Ice Cream Stand!
We open 2nd week of April and close on or around Halloween. Flexible hours for high school or college students. Competitive pay PLUS tips. Please call the farm at 978 371 7083 and ask for Tamma. You may also private message us here.

Miss Chief exploring
02/25/2022

Miss Chief exploring

Healthy Heart Month | Cabot Creamery
02/13/2022
Healthy Heart Month | Cabot Creamery

Healthy Heart Month | Cabot Creamery

Few things show someone you care more than preparing them a home-cooked meal. Selecting a recipe, buying the ingredients, and preparing a meal takes time, effort, and includes a special ingredient not available in stores. As Sophia Loren said, “The most indispensable ingredient of all good home co...

02/10/2022
02/05/2022

Enjoying the sunshine with brunch

We get Brewer's Grain from local breweries delivered a few times weekly to the farm. We mix it in to our Cow Chow and th...
01/24/2022

We get Brewer's Grain from local breweries delivered a few times weekly to the farm. We mix it in to our Cow Chow and the ladies enjoy it! 🐄🍻

01/22/2022

Did you know: The ideal temperature for cows is 30-45 degrees. They cannot sweat so they enjoy colder weather over warmer. Cows and calves grow thicker, fuzzy coats to keep warm just like horses do. Cows produce more milk in cooler temperatures because they are more comfortable.

Little Miss Saffron.Wishing all a Happy New Year! 🥂🍾✨
12/31/2021

Little Miss Saffron.
Wishing all a Happy New Year! 🥂🍾✨

Will it be a white Christmas this year? ❄❄🎄Throwback to Yenko on the farm, early December 2019
12/24/2021

Will it be a white Christmas this year? ❄❄🎄
Throwback to Yenko on the farm, early December 2019

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Address

165 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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(978) 371-7083

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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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Hi Great Brook Farm! Do you know what day in April the ice cream stand will open?
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.