Our Story...

Molly Brook Farm named after the Molly Brook, winds its way through scenic hayland, pasture, woodland and sugar bush in Cabot, Vermont.  The farm has been in the Goodrich family since 1835 and Jerseys have always grazed the pastures. 
 
Originally, the farm had 12 milking Jerseys.  Over the years, as farming in Vermont has regretably declined, Molly Brook purchased neighbor farm land that can support a milking herd of about 100 cows.  Though each day brings new struggles and challenges the care of the animals is foremost to this hard working family.  Every animal on the farm is known by name and has its own personality.  
 
Myles Goodrich, who took his first steps on this land, is the seventh generation to live on and work the 565-acre family farm.  Maintaining  family heritage and the traditions that have carried on for over 180 years just feels right to this hard-working family.
 
The Goodrich name is synonymous with dairy farming in Vermont.  In fact, the Wendell and Inez Goodrich were one of the founding families of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative in 1919.  The Molly Brook herd has been on DHIA test continuously since 1910; the longest of any herd in Vermont.  All of the Jerseys on the farm have been registered since 1917.
 
“We now [in 1970] have the first registered Jersey that madeover twenty thousand pounds of milk.”
Wendell Goodrich (fifth-generation)
 
The sale of quality Jerseys from outstanding cow families became a focal point of Molly Brook around 1980.  The Jerseys raised on Molly Brook are prodigious producers known internationally for their genetics that started with a cow named Molly Brook Fascinator Flower.  The Jersey breed is fortunate that Walter (sixth-generation) and Sally Goodrich recognized Flower's potential just before she was headed to the Vermont Jersey Breeders sale.  The story goes that Sally saw something in Flower that kept her on the farm.  Walt and Sally working with their vet, Cal Blessing, took an innovative approach to developing and marketing the genetics on the farm bringing world-wide recognition to the farm.  Descendants of Flower can be found throughout the United States and on every continent except Antarctica.
 
The Goodrich family enjoy sharing their way of life.   Visitors are always welcome.
  1. Ryan Goodrich (9th generation)
    Ryan Goodrich (9th generation)
    Ryan loves tractors.
  2. Myles Goodrich (7th generation)
    Myles Goodrich (7th generation)
    Myles has been farming alongside his parents since he could walk.
  3. Samuel Churchill (9th generation)
    Samuel Churchill (9th generation)
    Samuel is the oldest grandchild.
  4. Addison Goodrich (9th generation)
    Addison Goodrich (9th generation)
    Addie loves everything dairy. She knows her way around the farm.
  5. Chris, Myles & Walter Goodrich (8th, 7th, and 6th generation)
    Chris, Myles & Walter Goodrich (8th, 7th, and 6th generation)
    The Goodrich men working together.
  6. Wendall & Inez Goodrich (5th generation)
    Wendall & Inez Goodrich (5th generation)
    "We now [in 1970] have the first registered Jersey that made over twenty thousand pounds of milk" - Wendell Goodrich (5th generation)
  7. Brandy Goodrich (8th generation)
    Brandy Goodrich (8th generation)
    Feeding the babies on a cool fall evening.
  8. Sally Goodrich (6th generation)
    Sally Goodrich (6th generation)
    Chatting with visitors.