Hudson Valley Fresh is a dairy farmer partnership located in the Hudson Valley. This group of farmers are “dedicated to preserving the agricultural heritage of the Hudson River Valley and promoting it as one of the premier food regions of the United States.”
It just so happens that my sister-in-law, Katie (Zoe) Ferris, is going to use these high quality local dairy products at Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn. She asked me to photograph some of the farms to display in the shop. For me it is a great opportunity to visit real farms, talk to real farmers, and begin a new series on family farms in the Hudson Valley.
‘Bos-Haven Farm gets its name from the Latin word for cow, or bos, and haven is a place of safety, which suits Tim Marshall, whose ancestors have been taking care of cows in this region since the early 1800s, starting with his mother’s descendants, the Benhams.
Tim learned about the dairy business from his grandfather Stanley Benham who farmed the land since 1946. This land has been farmed by Tim’s mother family, the Benhams, since the 1800s who back then did more subsistence farming until the railroads came up from New York City and brought with them the opportunity to sell milk to city folk. That’s when the dairy business began to thrive in the Hudson Valley.’*