A Tradition of Quality Since 1891
The Manning family has been delivering farm-fresh milk and dairy products in Milton and neighboring communities since 1891. Today that history continues with our distribution and offices located exactly where it has been for over 125 years.
Our milk is now processed and bottled by the Hatch family in North Haverhill, NH. In addition to delivering the freshest dairy products, we also offer over 100 different grocery items, many locally sourced, for home delivery.
Thatcher Farm is located on the edge of the Thatcher Plains, on part of land granted in 1869 to Milton's first resident minister, Rev Peter Thatcher. In the 1880's, the Mannings settled on Thatcher Street. They and all their neighbors had a "family cow". By 1891, the neighbors had jobs that conflicted with a twice per day milking, so they sold their cow and purchased their milk from a Thatcher Farm horse drawn wagon. The advent of pasteurization in the 1920's brought the total demise of the family cow and the beginning of the family milkman and home delivery service from a truck.
From the 1920's until 1963, Thatcher Farm had 250 cows, milking, processing and delivering all from the Thatcher Street location. Fields on private estates around Milton were used for growing silage corn and hay, both used for feed. The silage corn was stored in one of six silos and the cows housed in one of seven barns on Thatcher Street. Development of the Town in the 1950's and 1960's made continuing that operation unfeasible as neighborhood density increased.
Thatcher Farm Today
Today our farm fresh milk in glass bottles arrives from Hatchland Farm in North Haverhill, NH. The part that has not changed is our commitment to deliver the freshest and best products to our customers.