Fort River Farm is managed by Bruce Jenks, pictured to the left. Bruce cares deeply for the animals that he works with and says caring for them is his favorite part of the job. He grew up across the road from Fort River Farm on his father's farm operation and you can tell when you talk to him that farming is in his blood. The way Bruce interacts with his coworkers, customers, and cows makes it clear how much he loves what he does. “I haven’t taken a day off in seven years," Bruce laughed, "and when I did, I went to a dairy conference."
If you live in New England, you know that eating locally and seasonally can seem a bit dreary during the long winter season. However, dairy and beef can be found locally all year round. Additionally, all of the cattle at Fort River Farm are grass-fed and pasture-raised so they are treated as humanely as possible. This also increases the sustainability of their business because they do not have to order feed for their animals.
To purchase Fort River Farm’s grass-fed meat, raw milk, and Maple Valley Creamery ice cream,
check out their farm store located in Hadley. Here, you can also find an abundance of other local products from farmers and vendors in the area. For more information about their farm visit their website!
Photo Credit: Keith Toffling