Fresh is in the

FAMILY

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OUR BEGINNINGS

We have a rich and deep Vermont history. Our Great Grandfather started bottling milk in his basement in 1930. What started with home deliveries soon grew to serving the the local Hospital and then Middlebury College.

OUR NAME

The name Monument came from the Silas Wright monument that stands across from our farm. It felt fitting when we started to adopt the word Monument as our namesake.

OUR FUTURE

Keep the same hometown feel. Service a broader area. Bring our Monument Fresh products to more places without becoming a big corporate entity.

1931

Steve James around 1931
Note milk cans used to transport milk; truck

1932

Steve James around 3 years old in 1932 Massey-Ferguson Tractor

1935

The Family in 1935 Millicent, Eleanor, Richard With Patricia, Marjory, and Stephen

1938

Introduced milk pasteurization

1941

Purchased Jewett Farm
Photo: Richard - holding milk strainer (early ‘40s)

1941

Homestead and Barn

1945

Purchased Hamilton, Gilmore, and Bingham Farms
Photo: Millicent James and friend preparing to deliver milk to house customers

1945

Many helpers for haying! Patty, Eleanor, Milly, and friend

1951

Marjory & Richard James

1964

First bulk tank installed at Hamilton Barn

1965

Enlarged milk processing facility Installed high temperature / short-time pasteurization
Photo: Richard James around 1965

1966

Bought Hagar Farm

1967

Built free stall barn
Photo: Jim Rooney and Steve James loading milk cans for delivery to Middlebury College

1967

Home Barn burned

1971

Formed family corporation
Photo: Richard and Marjory James

1973

Building Extension to Hamilton Farm Albery Quesnel, Steve James, John Payne

1973

Started WIC deliveries & continued until 1995

1980

Steve James in 1980

1981

Recognition of 40 years of service to Middlebury College Peter, Bob, and Steve James; Pres. John McCardell; Ted Major, Food Service Manager; Rodney Degray, Food Service; Millicent; John Rooney; Agnes James; Jim Rooney

1986

Purchased Palmer’s Dairy

1990

Began selling milk in plastic jugs Photo: Tyler James, age 2, enjoying Monument Farms Chocolate Milk

1999

Governor Howard Dean recognizing Monument Farms Dairy products at a food fair. Bob James and Jon Rooney

1999

Built new Hagar Barn

2000

Middlebury College Bicentennial Parade

2001

50 years of service to Middlebury College

2001

Purchased Gringas / Barns Farm

2004

Millicent James Rooney, 2004, displaying glass cream-line bottle with ladle and new Monument Farms plastic pint bottle.

2005

June 2005 - Installed new plastic filler - no more paper cartons

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