In 1894 William David Baldwin Ferris, a descendant of the first Ferris to arrive in Newtown around 1703, purchased the farm. He established a family tradition in agriculture that has been adopted by at least one family member of each succeeding generation. His son, Charles D. Ferris, Sr. grew apples and raised beef. Charles D. Ferris, Jr. in the 1930's began the transition to dairy specialization. In the 1950's, Charles D. Ferris III purchased registered Holstein cows to upgrade the herd and introduced modern technologies in crop, environmental and herd management. Several conservation projects and improvements and expansions to the facilities followed as three generations worked together.
In 1996, Charles D. Ferris IV (Charlie), Brendan, and Colleen joined their father to form Ferris Acres Farm, LLC. In March 2003, Shirley, wife of Charles III, joined the LLC and Ferris Acres Creamery was established. She developed several original recipes for our unique ice cream for on-farm sales. In 2007, Terry, Charlie's wife, became general manager of The Creamery and off-site sales were added to the business repertoire.
Today, Ferris Acres Creamery continues as a true family business with three generations involved. Charles III and Shirley, owners of the property, concentrate on the operation of the farm and hosting family business meetings. Both Charlie and Brendan make the ice cream, alternating each day with creamery and farm work responsibilities. Colleen, a teacher at Newtown High School, who is what her brothers affectionately call their “ace in the hole”, assists with ice cream production during the summer. Terry continues to handle most of the managerial duties, including marketing and hiring staff. Michelle, Brendan's wife, is responsible for inventory, maintains the soft serve machine and assists with the ice cream production and staff. Emily, Colleen's daughter, is chief cake decorator, and also helps to maintain the soft serve machine. Cole, Brendan's son, and Chad, Charlie's son, assist with ice cream making, but both are happiest when atop a tractor, working with their grandfather and fathers.
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