ornstra Farms has been a family owned and operated business for four generations. In 1912, my great-grandparents and their six children left their home in Holland and boarded a ship bound for America, the land of opportunity. Eventually, the family made their way to Hingham, Massachusetts where they worked for a small dairy farm on Fort Hill Street. On May 1, 1915, just two years after arriving in Hingham, the Hornstras bought that farm and Hornstra Farms was born.
The young family worked very hard and before long they began to outgrow their small dairy property. Soon after, the much larger Jordan Farm was offered for sale. The property comprised almost one hundred acres of rich farm land, as well as a new barn which accommodated eighty-five cows. Buying the large farm was an ambitious move, but determined to succeed, the Hornstras signed the deed. When moving day finally arrived, the family walked their herd of twenty Holstein cows, over New Bridge Street to Cross Street, then down High and Free Streets to their new home on the corner of Union Street. The Hornstra family was here to stay.
Since that time, many things have changed at Hornstra Farms. The sound of cows mooing can no longer be heard drifting across the open fields, and our milk production has been moved from Union Street to our family's farm in North Haverhill, New Hampshire. But one thing has not changed, our commitment to produce the finest products available and to distribute them with professionalism, courtesy, and a smile. Hornstra Farms has never aspired to be the largest home delivery dairy, but we are sure that after trying our service you will agree that we are the best!