Looking for where to buy raw milk in Worcester County? Look no further!
Greener Acres Farms began in 1973 as PWH Farms, by Peter Hawkes in Mendon, Mass. It started as a 4H project with one milking cow, but quickly grew into a successful full-scale operation.
Peter grew up in an agricultural family—his father taught at Norfolk County Agricultural High School and his grandfather taught at Bristol County Agricultural High School—but Peter was the first to pursue farming full-time.
Greener Acres has become a family business. Peter’s children—Peter Jr, born in 1990 and Erin, born in 1992—grew up helping on the farm.
Erin attended college in New York for agricultural business, then returned home and earned an associates degree in business. She is now employed full-time at Greener Acres as the young stock manager.
Peter Jr worked on the farm for a couple of years, then started his own business: Cadillac Farms and Trucking. He is a professional cattle fitter for the shows and sales and also trucks cattle across the country.
Now, Greener Acres Farms has an average of 275 Jersey dairy cows. They produce and ship over 600 gallons of milk every day, and there’s a farm store located on site, where you can buy raw milk and other farm products.
A timeline of the farm’s growth!
- 1964: Peter Hawkes’ father bought the farmland in Mendon, MA.
- 1973: Peter started the farm as a 4H project with one milking cow.
- 1978: The operation had grown to 16 milking cows.
- 1982: The old barn out front was built. The cows were milked there.
- 1978: Started selling milk wholesale.
- 1986: The big milk barn and double 7 parlor was built.
- 1993: Started compost business.
- 2007: Bought more land (70 acres) in Uxbridge for crops and compost fields.
Greener Acres Farms is a product member of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative.