Meadowland Farm is one of Dutchess County’s historical homestead farms and dates from the 1790s. From the mid 19th century until 1997, the property was owned by multiple generations of a single family. The Quaker owned property served as a stop on the Underground Railroad prior to the Civil War. Originally, a wide array of farming activities was conducted as the early owners strove for self-sufficiency but as time went by more specialized agricultural production was pursued. By the 1950s, Meadowland Farm was principally engaged in dairy production. We purchased the 134-acre property in 1997 and have returned the property to its traditionally diversified activities which encompass growing a large variety of fruits and vegetables as well as cut-your-own Christmas trees and producing eggs and pasture-raised meats.
Our family takes pride in creating an environment supportive of farmers early in their farming careers. The farmers do the really hard work, but we complement their efforts by providing business/marketing support and capital equipment. We also happily volunteer as extra field hands whenever needed. We are thrilled to have farmers Chris Hausman and MaryKate Chillemi operating the fruit and vegetable side of the farm.
This year we welcome Josh Schwab and Jesse Warner, founders of Dirty Dog Farm to the Meadowland Farm family. They will be bringing their herd of lowline angus, pigs and poultry to graze at the farm, and will be marketing their grass-fed meats under the 'Dirty Dog' brand name.
We are fortunate to have MaryKate and Chris, Jesse and Josh be a part of our extended family.
Stop by. We look forward to seeing you at the farm!
Michele & Judah Kraushaar