Jim Stampone and Kate Le Royer
Winter Hill Farm
Winter Hill Farm is located 4 miles north of Freeport village, in southern Maine. The farm is situated on 53 acres of slowly rolling fields, bordered by stonewalls and mixed woods. There is a farm pond and a seasonal stream running across the backfields. The pastures are well groomed and fenced. The house, which was built in 1865, and the barns set atop a high point of land overlooking an area of Freeport, where farmers and rural residences share a quiet country neighborhood.
Winter Hill Farm is owned and operated by Jim Stampone and his wife Kate LeRoyer. The focal point of the farm is the cows, which are an ancient breed of New England dairy animals called Randalls. The ancestors of these cows came over with the original colonists and existed for over 100 years until the larger dairy breeds forced them into near extinction. Randall cattle are the only direct descendants of the landrace hill cattle of New England common in the last century. In 1987 there were fewer than 20 animals in existence and, although the numbers have increased, they are still extremely endangered, with only about 200 Randalls in existence today.
Presently there are 7 Randall cattle on our farm. In late summer of 2005 we are expecting 3 calves to be born. We are currently milking and selling milk to local customers at the farm. Future plans are to increase the number of milkers and to offer a value added product. The dairy operation will eventually consist of milking approximately 10 Randall cows and selling Natural raw milk and cheese at the farm. Learn more about our dairy products here, About Randall Milk, Winter Hill Farm, and here, The Dairy at Winter Hill Farm.
Some of the farm chores are shared by a team of Belgian draft horses, Ted and Tom. The farm is also home to Bandit, Kate's bay quarter horse, two pigs, a dozen or so chickens, three hives of bees and a couple of barn cats. Max "T", our house cat, and Isabelle, our 18 month old Newfoundland pup, round out the family.
Also located on the farm is Freeport Harness and Saddlery, a business started in 1974 for the manufacture and repair of heavy harness for draft horses. Now Jim and Kate specialize in the repair of all types of horse equipment,
including saddles, tack, harness and blankets.
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The house at Winter Hill Farm
"Bud" and "Bart" with Jim
Giving a ride to the neighborhood kids
Getting in the Christmas tree
More building of the barn
Click Here to view a newspaper article about Winter Hill Farm.
Click Here to go to "The Dairy
at Winter Hill Farm"
The Randall Cattle Registry, Inc.
The Official Website of Randall Cattle