The New York State Grown & Certified program makes it easy for consumers to identify local, safely-handled, and environmentally responsible agricultural products. This voluntary program is a cooperative effort among producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, restaurants, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to meet consumer demand for high-quality food and agricultural products.
This month’s feature spotlights Dutch Hollow Farm in Schodack Landing, Rensselaer County! The more than 40-year- old dairy farm is owned by Paul and Melanie Chittenden, and their three sons, Alan, Brian, and Nathan. Together, they proudly manage their 900-Jersey cow herd in every aspect --from caring for the calves and growing feed to overseeing bookkeeping. Jerseys, a breed of small dairy cattle, were originally bred in the English Channel Island of Jersey and are known to provide milk with a high butterfat content - great for making cheese and butter!
The Chittendens get lots of help on the farm from other family members including Alan, Brian and Nathan's children, who are all involved in the day-to-day operations and will one day be the next generation to run the farm. Dutch Hollow also employs 12 people, who are integral to the success of the farm and the boost it provides the local and regional economy.
In fact, Dutch Hollow has one of the largest Jersey herds in the Northeast. Family members have also held top posts in regional and national Jersey organizations. The family has been twice honored with the American Jersey Cattle Association’s most prestigious honor, the Master Breeder Award, earned by Paul in 2012 and his father, Stanley, in 1983. The farm is well-known across the United States and beyond for their outstanding genetics.
The farm is a member of Agri-Mark, a farmer-owned cooperative that produces dairy products under the McCadam Cheese and Cabot Creamery Co-operative labels. In addition to supplying milk to the Agri-Mark cooperative, the Jersey cows at Dutch Hollow Farm provide milk to two other New York State Grown & Certified dairy processors: Hudson Valley Freshand Beecher's Handmade Cheese - NY.
New York State’s agriculture industry is one of our great assets and keeping it growing and thriving is one of the most important things we can do. When you see products with the New York State Grown & Certified seal, you are assured that it comes from a local farm that adheres to high food safety standards and environmentally responsible practices.
Participating in New York State Grown & Certified tells consumers that you adhere to higher standards in terms of food safety and environmental stewardship, making consumers more likely to purchase your products.
Meet your customers’ growing demand for foods that are locally grown and produced with higher standards. Whether you are a grocery retailer or a restaurant in New York State, it’s easy to connect with New York State Grown & Certified growers and producers.