1289 Westminster W. Rd., Putney, Vt.
Livewater Farm & Dairy is a dairy farm that produces 100 percent grass-fed raw cow’s milk, grass-fed beef, pasture-raised chicken, milk-fed pork, free range eggs, vegetables, maple syrup, and other farm products. Owner Taylor Acquaviva also established Livewater Dairy in 2015, producing fresh cheese, aged raw milk cheese, sweet cream butter, and homemade ice cream.
Taylor’s father first started Livewater Farm in Whitingham, Vt. in the 1980s. In 1997, the family moved the farm to Westminster West, Vt. Taylor grew up on the farm, went off to college, and returned to help diversify the farm and develop the Livewater Dairy brand. Taylor, with the help of his parents and his wife, is always looking for more ways to diversify. “I never put all my eggs in one basket,” Taylor explains.
Through grant funding, he built high tunnels – unheated greenhouses – to sustain a longer agricultural growing season. And in 2015, he developed Livewater Dairy cheese creating a mozzarella and raw milk tomme cheese, which is an aged cheese made in a climate-controlled facility on the farm.
Recently, Livewater Dairy started making ice cream, produced from scratch, primarily with their own ingredients. Their flavors include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and maple walnut. They serve the ice cream in cones and in pints, mainly through their farm stand.
Their farm stand sells their cheese, maple syrup, beef, pork, chicken, and vegetables. They even sell local vegetables from the community. Their products are sold, at the moment, directly from Livewater Dairy. Taylor does participate in both the Brattleboro and Putney farmers’ markets, but the farm stand is open year-round, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.