Norwell MA Hornstra Farms

hornstra_cows_to_barn-1024x521In just a couple short years, Norwell MA Hornstra Farms on Prospect Street has become a staple in the community

The residents of Norwell and all surrounding South Shore communities are happy and thankful to have such a wonderful operating dairy farm nearby. It truly is an asset to the townspeople and residents of the South Shore.

According to the Norwell MA Hornstra Farms website, this has been a family owned and operated business for over one hundred years. In 1912, Anske and Agnes Hornstra, along with their six children, boarded a ship in Holland in search of a better life in America. Three years later, in 1915, the family bought their first dairy farm in Hingham, Massachusetts and Hornstra Farms was born. Since that time, four generations of Hornstras have continued the family tradition of proudly delivering the freshest and finest quality milk to families across the South Shore.

IMG_4471Current owner and operator John Hornstra and his wife, Lauren, moved Hornstra Farms from Hingham to neighboring Norwell, Massachusetts in 2009 when they purchased the non-operational Loring Farm. The new farm, located at 246 Prospect Street, required much restoration and rebuilding, but in 2013 the first bottles of Hornstra’s own farm fresh milk rolled out of the new Norwell dairy. This was a proud day for the entire Hornstra family. Since then, several other products have been added to the store and home delivery offerings including handcrafted ice creams and farm churned butters. The Farm Store and seasonal Ice Cream Dairy Bar opened to the public on the Norwell property in 2014.

According to the Hornstra website, Hornstra Farms is one of the last working dairy farms on Massachusetts’ South Shore. The Hornstra’s state that they consider their cows to be the first step in their milk processing procedure, and that’s why they take extra effort in every facet of their care. When you drive by the farm, you’ll usually see their herd of Red and White Holsteins grazing and exercising in the pasture. These wonderful animals are fed a ration that includes hay, grain, and corn silage. According to the Hornstra’s, proper nutrition results in optimum quality milk and a healthy herd and that is why their dairy products contain no artificial hormones. Hornstra Farms deliver all their products and more right to your door. It’s nice hearing their delivery truck pulling up your driveway early in the morning and the glass bottles clanging as the deliveryman puts your order in the cooler. To learn more about Norwell MA Hornstra Farm or to sign up for home delivery, click here to be directed to the Hornstra Farms website.

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