SASH Seniors Take Field Trip To Ayers Brook Goat Farm

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Front Page / Apr. 20, 2017 10:32am EDT


Area seniors in the Randolph SASH program had fun visiting the Ayers Brook Goat Dairy last week. Provided / Dede Tracy) Area seniors in the Randolph SASH program had fun visiting the Ayers Brook Goat Dairy last week. Provided / Dede Tracy) The Randolph SASH (Support and Services at Home) program, with the help of the Ayers Brook Goat Dairy and Stagecoach, hosted 21 seniors on a tour of the farm on April 12.

The outing began with Stagecoach pick-ups at the Randolph House, Red Lion, and The Joslyn House; nearly an equal number of other SASH members and friends arrived via private cars. The Ayers Brook Goat Dairy is located on Route 12, at the former location of Carol and Perry Hodgdon’s farm. Managed by Miles Hooper, it is currently the largest goat farm in the state.

Participants learned that the dairy sends their goat milk exclusively to the Vermont Creamery facility in Websterville, which is also Vermont’s largest goat cheese provider. The goal of the Ayers Brook Goat Dairy is to provide a steady supply of local goat milk of the finest quality!

Those who participated were impressed with the number of goats, their sizes and breeds, and were excited with all the activity happening in the barn. They were informed about what happens in a goat dairy, and where the milk goes. Nearly 500 goats are milked two times daily, with the help of state-of-the-art milking machines.

The lack of “goat farm smell” was also surprising to those who were part of the field trip. The tour, led by Daryl Breau and her young son Olcott, who was her constant companion via backpack, ended with a snack sampling of several of the delicious goat cheeses produced by Vermont Creamery.

The fun continued for Joslyn House residents, who arrived home just in time to greet 15 Valley Golden Girls who stopped in for lunch and a tour of the house. The Valley Golden Girls are a group of older women from around the valley who get together socially. They had always wanted to come visit the Joslyn House. Many ladies had never been inside and were exited to spend time looking around, as well as having lunch with some new and old friends.

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