New England Dairy Farms and Destinations to Visit this Summer

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Experience the picturesque landscapes of our region this summer and embark on an adventure to a New England dairy farm. We’ve compiled a list of dairy farms that are regularly open to the public during the summer months or that have special events this season. Happy traveling!


Elm Farm – Woodstock, CT

Elm Farm’s Farm to Table Market offers glass-bottled milk, ice cream, a variety of meats, and other goods. Visit cows and farm animals while on site.

Fairholm Farm – Woodstock, CT

Enjoy a variety of local products from Fairholm Farm’s farm store including pork, beef, honey, maple syrup, cow’s milk soap, poultry, and more. Farm tours available by request. Contact the farm to schedule your tour.

Fish Family Farm Creamery & Dairy – Bolton, CT

Visitors can enjoy fresh milk, ice cream, and other delicious treats. You can also book a farm vacation at their 5-bedroom private guest house for a hands-on farm experience.

Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates – Goshen, CT

Thorncrest Farm & Milk House Chocolates brings you artisanal chocolates made in small batches with fresh milk, cream, and butter. You are able to visit the cows Thursday through Sunday 10am – 3pm.


Appleton Farms – Ipswich, MA

Appleton Farms hosts events throughout the year and they are one of the nation’s oldest continuously operational farms. Check out some of the summer events they have planned including “Cow Connection” where you can meet and cuddle cows.

Barstow’s Longview Farm – Hadley, MA

Enjoy lunch, ice cream, and other local products at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery. Farm tours available for groups, families, and individuals by appointment.

Flayvors of Cook Farm – Hadley, MA

Enjoy homemade ice cream, pet cows, and visit calves 7 days a week from 12pm – 8pm.

Great Brook Farm – Carlisle, MA

Visit the only state park in the U.S. that has a working dairy farm. Enjoy ice cream at their ice cream stand, see cows, goats, chickens, and other animals. Free Smart Barn Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.

Hornstra Farm – Norwell, MA

Visit Horsntra Farm for a variety of fresh dairy products such as flavored milk and homemade ice cream. You can visit daily with the cows and calves during your visit or book a group tour.

McCray’s Farm – South Hadley, MA

Visit McCray’s farm for homemade ice cream, delicious milk, mini golf, and a petting zoo.

Richardson’s Ice Cream – Middleton, MA

Enjoy a day of fun at this working dairy farm and ice cream stand. Their neighbors at Golf Country offer two mini golf courses, a driving range, and batting cages.

Whittier Farms – Sutton, MA

Whittier Farms welcomes the opportunity to educate and engage their local community. Their farm store is open year-round with a vast selection of local staples and seasonal specialties. Sign up for special events such as their Cows, Charcuterie, and Cheese experience. Hosted on a wagon overlooking farm fields, this cheese and charcuterie tasting truly embodies farm-to-table.

New Hampshire

Contoocook Creamery – Contoocook, NH

Contoocook Creamery has a small, self-service store located in the farm’s milk processing building. It is open during daylight hours seven days a week offering milk, eggs, a wide selection of beef cuts, and seasonal vegetables. You are able to visit the cows and calves while at the farm.

MacGlaflin Farm – Claremont, NH

MacGlaflin Farm is hosting an Open Farm Day event this year on July 13 from 11am – 2pm. Meet the cows, enjoy delicious food, and other fun activities like face painting. Our Mobile Dairy Bar will be on site alongside other local vendors.

Sanctuary Dairy Farm – Sunapee, NH

Find farm fresh, homemade ice cream at the Sanctuary Dairy Farm scoop shop. In addition to the ice cream and scenic views, you’ll enjoy seeing farm animals up close. Sanctuary Dairy Farm also has farm stand open daily from 8am – 8pm with a variety of products based on the season.

Rhode Island

Wright’s Dairy Farm & Bakery – North Smithfield, RI

Watch cows being milked daily from 3pm – 4:30pm at the farm. You can also take a free self-guided audio tour. Be sure to stop by the on-site bakery and scoop shop for pastries, cakes, pies, ice cream, and more. Wright’s also has ice cream shop locations in Providence and Warren, RI.


Billings Farm & Museum – Woodstock, VT

Billings Farm & Museum is a fully operational dairy farm and a museum of Vermont’s rural heritage located in Woodstock. They are open to the public daily and have several special events coming up this summer like their dairy celebration and sunflower house.

Liberty Hill Farm & Inn – Rochester, VT

Visitors come from all over to experience the daily rhythm of farm life. When you stay at Liberty Hill Farm & Inn you enjoy home-cooked breakfast and dinners around the big farmhouse table. Want to milk a cow? You got it! The Kennett family allows guests to participate in farm chores and activities. If you’re only looking for a day visit, the farm offers a 2-hour day farm tour.

Lilac Ridge Farm – Brattleboro, VT

This 3rd generation organic dairy farm is home to a farm stand, a 4-bedroom 1830’s cape Airbnb, and a newly opened an ice cream stand. You’ll love the beautiful setting and meeting the cows.

Shelburne Farms – Shelburne, VT

From mid-May to mid-October, enjoy a day exploring Shelburne Farms. There’s something for everyone from walking trails, to meeting farm animals, to watching cheesemaking.

Stony Pond Farm – Fairfield, VT

This farm Airbnb experience offers extreme privacy and breathtaking views of Mt. Mansfield. During your stay you will enjoy watching the farm’s herd of organic Jersey cows grazing in lush green pastures.

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