May 3rd, 2014
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse
in Milford, New Jersey is the place to visit for those interested in sustainable agriculture, and anyone who really cares about where their food comes from. It is a thriving, eco-friendly dairy farm in Hunterdon County that welcomes interested visitors to experience their agricultural vision during their guided farm tours
held on weekends, weather permitting. For just $5 a person, groups are taken on short hikes to visit their cows, pigs, and chickens, and get the best views of their gorgeous land, which consists of almost 200 acres.
When most people think of farms, strong odors associated with being near cows and other livestock often comes to mind. This is not the case at Bobolink. While standing close to their cows as they graze in their pasture, visitors to the farm will not need to hold their noses, and it’s all because they are grass-fed. Not only does this diet make the air around them easier to breathe, their milk and meat taste better and are healthier than their industrial counterparts. Their pigs eat a healthy diet as well, which consists of whey, fruit, walnuts and a myriad of other healthy foods that only make them more desirable when the butcher comes to call. What is great about this farm and their guided tours is learning why quantity does not usually mean quality when it comes to the production of dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables, which makes a lot of sense.
After exploring the outdoors, tour groups are guided through Bobolink’s store, which is where their fire wood oven for baking bread and cheese making operations are situated. Sampling Bobolink’s cheeses, which are made with the farm’s raw, grass-fed milk, is the delicious way each tour concludes, and allows visitors to taste some of the best the farm has to offer. Their artisanal cheeses and breads are also available for purchase at their store and online
; those interested in their high-quality veal, pork, and beef can contact them through their website or in person, if you happen to be on the premises when they are open.
The tours are great for those wanting an introduction to good and sustainable farming in a gorgeous setting. For anyone who wants to go further and learn how to make great cheese, understand the ins and outs of grass-based dairy farming, and bake bread, Bobolink offers academic internships and seasonal apprenticeships. As with all information related to the farm’s activities, such as farmers’ markets in the New York and New Jersey areas, cooking classes and other news, please check out their website to find out the details.
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse really is a special place; the cheese and bread are delicious, the landscape is breathtaking, and the guided farm tours make you think. This place reminds you that the saying “you are what you eat” applies to all living things, which is scary when you really think about it. Eating the “Bobolink way” will probably eliminate all of those food fears, once and for all.
369 Stamets Road
Milford, NJ 08848
Phone: (908) 864-7277