In the late 1940s, Margaretha and Rudolph Eccardt were living in the New York City area and had a desire to move out into the countryside. They discovered the land that is now Eccardt Farm in E. Washington, NH, when it was a chicken farm. Rudolph’s 2nd cousin, Hans Eccard (from Germany) and his soon-to-be-bride from Switzerland joined them in the 1950s. Together, by the 1960s, the family had transformed the farm into a successful dairy business. More Eccard family members (Marianne, George and John) were born on the farm, and as the family grew, so did their dairy business into the 1990s. By that time, the herd had grown to about 400 head of cattle, 200 of them milking cows.
Today the farm is owned and operated by George, Sandy, Ryan and Kristi Eccard. We opened our farm store in 2009, selling our raw milk and home-grown grass-fed beef, and have added new products over the past few years. We now carry over 40 products, all made right here in NH.
The farm has been open to the general public for many years. School children and their parents have long benefitted from field trips to the farm, often staying over for lunch next to the pond. We have kept a variety of other animals, some rather unique, nearby for the all to enjoy, including a big tank with trout swimming for up-close observation.
We have downsized the dairy cow herd to a more manageable number for George and Ryan, and we’re building our beef herd to supply the store. The “Eat Local” movement has become very popular and we are happy to be a part of it. We’ve enjoyed trying new things and learning along the way and are proud to be “the local stop” for our surrounding communities, supplying unaltered and natural foods.
The Eccard family invites everyone to stop by the farm for a visit. Watch the milking or feed a baby calf, check out the farm museum or just hang out by the pond and enjoy some ice cream. Feed the ducks and goats or stop by for one of our events, we always have something going on around here! We’re sure you will have a great time and who knows…maybe learn something new!