As a farmer-led community, our nearly 1,500 dairy farm families are at the heart of what we do. Spanning from Pennsylvania to Florida, each farm is unique. Some have been passed down through several generations while others are just breaking ground. Some remain founded in hard-earned traditions while others welcome the opportunities of what’s to come. Some specialize in delivering by the glass while others share the goodness inside a cone. Large or small, young or old, there is one thing each of our farm-families has in common – a shared passion for providing safe and wholesome dairy goodness that hasn’t wavered for nearly 100 years.
We are proud to introduce you to our farmers and celebrate their passions and stories with you.
Nine generations strong, the Dallam family owns and operates Broom’s Bloom Dairy in Harford County, Maryland. The farm, which dates back to the early 1700s, is named after a colonial land grant for the area and the original land owner, John Broom.
David and Kate took over the farm in 1997, milking 65 cows and making old-fashioned ice cream, farmstead cheeses and pork sausage. Over the years, the family business has grown to become an iconic ice cream shop in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro areas.
In addition to their delicious dips, the Dallam family is known for their array of locally produced farm products including meats, cheeses, bottled milk and breads as well as their very own assortment of fresh, all natural soups, stews and chowders.
The family-run business has been recognized nationally for their handmade, old-fashioned ice cream, earning top awards from the Washington/Baltimore Zagat Restaurant Guide as well as being ranked fifth in the nation according to Tripadvisor’s Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.
The family also offers farm tours, seasonal happenings and live music events throughout the year.
For more information on Broom’s Bloom Dairy and their products, please visit www.bbdairy.com.
Jason and Mary Crum, of Frederick, Maryland, have been active members of the cooperative for several years.
Since purchasing their own farm in the spring of 2014, the couple has become more involved in the program to help make better on-farm decisions that will positively affect their and their children’s future.
Together, Jason and Mary help to operate Venture and Luck Farm in Walkersville, Maryland. A fifth generation dairyman, Jason has been part of the operation since birth. Currently, he manages feeding programs and works closely with the herd’s nutritionist to adjust rations as necessary. Jason also assists with the farm’s breeding program, crop management and nutrient management compliance.
Since meeting Jason in 2001, Mary has been active in the family’s farm. She is responsible for raising the calves and helping with feedings and fieldwork. Off the farm, Mary is a Vocational Services Coordinator at the Scott Key Center in Frederick, Maryland and will soon be completing her Bachelors of Science in Business from Mount St. Mary’s University.
The couple has recently purchased their own farm two miles from the home farm where they hope to expand their operation with their two children, Tristan and Liliana.
Jason and Mary are also active in Maryland & Virginia’s Young Cooperators Program and are serving as the 2015-2016 Outstanding YC Couple.
Five generations strong, the Hoff family has been farming land in Carroll County, Maryland since 1869. Today, Matt Hoff and his wife Debbie - along with his three daughters Courtney, Brook and Alicia - have grown the family farm to 2,200 acres, making Coldsprings Farm one of the most sprawling farms in Maryland.
While producing high-quality and nutritious milk has always remained a top priority for the Hoffs, the family has a long history in leaving the land better than they found it. As a youngster, Matt’s father Marlin traveled the countryside, inspired by the care that farmers took of their animals and land. He brought that passion home to the farm, where the family has continued to strive for excellence in environmental stewardship.
The Hoffs were early adopters of cover crops, using small grains, legumes and grasses to help slow the erosion of the land and improve the health of their soil. By the 1990s, the farm had transitioned to being 100% no-till.
Working together with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRSC), the family utilizes proactive manure management practices and riparian buffers to minimize nutrient and sediment runoff, improving the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. The family is also working to build an anaerobic digester system, which would transform cow manure into green energy.
The Hoffs have been Maryland & Virginia members for 45 years, with Matt serving as a cooperative board member for eight years. In addition to his cooperative involvement, Matt is also a member of the Maryland Agriculture Commission, a delegate to the National Holstein Convention and a board supervisor for the Carroll County Soil Conservation District.
Debbie is in charge of keeping the farm’s computer system humming, works with the calves, and serves as a local 4-H leader in the county.
Born and raised on a dairy farm, William Steppe has been milking cows since he was 12 years old.
“I liked it then, I like it now, and I hope I always will like it,” says William.
Today, William operates Maple Leaf Dairy Farm with his three sons, daughter and wife. Together, the family raises 56 cows on more than 300 acres of sprawling northern Pennsylvania farmland.
For the Steppes, running a dairy farm is more than family business – it’s a way of life. Keeping cows happy and healthy is and always has been the primary goal for William and his family. “The cows know me and I know them,” says William affectionately. “They miss me when I’m not here.”
The Steppe family has been recognized many times by Maryland & Virginia as outstanding members for their quality of animal care, and in turn, their quality of milk.
“Milk quality is very important for us – our number one goal is to keep animals healthy and make a good quality product for our consumers,” says William.