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16230 Long Delite Lane
Williamsport, MD 21795
Long Delite Farm/Deliteful Dairy
“We’re excited about people caring more about where their food comes from and getting it locally.” – Brooks and Katie Long
Farming is not only a way of life – it’s a family tradition. And seventh-generation farmer Brooks Long and his wife Katie honor that tradition in the “new old fashioned way” with Long Delite Farm and Deliteful Dairy in Williamsport, MD.
A Family Farm Rich in History
The Long family has a rich history, settling in Williamsport in 1831. Brooks and Katie (who also comes from a dairy farm family) became friends through 4-H Club showing cows. After graduating from high school, Brooks joined his father full time on the farm while Katie went off to college. Upon graduation, the couple married and started their family.
In 2009 the couple purchased the farm’s stock and equipment from Brooks’ father and then purchased the 160-acre farm from his grandparents in 2016. For a few years, Long Delite operated like a typical dairy farm by selling its product to the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative. But with fluctuating wholesale dairy prices, combined with that market transitioning away from smaller family farms, the Longs were faced with a challenge. They knew that expansion into a larger operation was not an option.
Time for a Change
The Longs also were not impressed with the quality of dairy available to consumers. Brooks and Katie saw that the industry was more focused on efficiency than quality and that impacted both the taste and nutrition of milk. The farmers started exploring marketing their milk directly to the consumer. In 2016 Brooks and Katie began their plans for Deliteful Dairy.
With their on-site processing center, the Longs now make their own non-homogenized whole milk, using a traditional process of slow vat pasteurization. “The new old fashioned way” is the farm’s slogan. In 2019 the couple opened a farm store featuring their whole milk, butter, and a variety of cheeses.
In addition to the whole milk, the store also sells flavored milk like chocolate and cookies ‘n’ cream, along with seasonal offerings like pumpkin spice and eggnog. Customers can also find beef, eggs, and other local artisanal foods – like delicious cookies to go with that milk. Consumers can order products online and then pick them up at the store which is open Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm, and Saturday, 9 am-4 pm. Or you can pick up your order at the Leesburg Farmers Market.
Given the 2020 COVID pandemic, the timing couldn’t have been better for consumers or the Longs. “We’re excited about people caring more about where their food comes from and getting it locally,” says Brooks. “I feel like through the whole pandemic, people got a harsh reminder that local food is available when things at WalMart are out or limited. (During scarcity) that’s when we saw our peak. When it’s local like this, it doesn’t go through so many hands and is easier to find.”
Life on the Farm
While the Longs find farming life fulfilling, the days are long. “The rewarding part is being your own boss and working outside,” says Brooks. “You’re doing different jobs and you’re not locked into doing the same thing every day. The flip side is that it’s a 24/7 job.”
At Long Delite Farm, the day begins before 6 am with pulling milk from the previous evening out of the tank and taking it over to the processing center. After the morning milking and cleanup, the calves and young heifers are fed. Then it’s time to take the morning batch of milk to the processing plant. The cows are milked again in the evening.
From May through early fall, hay is baled throughout the day for the winter. The farm needs 700 round bales of hay to keep its livestock fed during the winter. The herd of 60 dairy cows graze April through November in the pasture.
While Brooks is busy with farm chores, Katie can be found in the office or in the processing room where raw milk is pasteurized and bottled as whole or flavored milk or made into cheese, depending on the day. And the new store keeps the couple busy as well.
Farm life doesn’t leave a lot of time for hobbies, but Brooks and Katie make time to attend their children’s (Kaleb and Brielle) baseball and softball games. The kids are also continuing the 4-H tradition and Brooks and Katie are actively involved with the Washington County Fair Board.
Long Delite Farm hosts free community events throughout the year, like their Fall Festival. And pre-scheduled tours for school groups, homeschoolers, and Scouts are available for a modest fee. Visit them on Instagram and Facebook for what’s available at the store and for upcoming events.