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Baking Bread at Home with Farmer Mary Whittier

Since 1945, the Whittier family of Sutton, Massachusetts has worked together to make good food for neighbors. In addition to their dairy herd, they run The Milk Store, which they describe as an overgrown, 40-year-old 4-H project. It has grown from a tree-shaded table piled with sweet corn to a year-round store bursting with vegetables grown on 18 acres as well as the farm’s own beef and dairy (in the form of Cabot products), fresh-baked goods including sweet breads and pies, crusty-topped homemade mac and cheese, and soups like broccoli cheddar and cheesy asparagus. Along with Whittier Farms’ own farm-fresh ingredients, there is another secret behind their success—though she would prefer to remain quietly in the background. “My mom likes...

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