Conal Robinson’s Hot Take

Publishers’ Note: Our 2020 Summer Intern didn’t stop writing when Summer ended. We’re happy to bring this forecast for Summer 2021.

Braggville – Kampersal Dairy Farm is the home to more than a handful of animals. The wheels on the old milk truck have been set to rust. But the bovine tradition carries on here—now a meat farm. The Kampersals care for their animals until rest. Holstein cows, plump piggies, ducks, turkeys, and chicks prowl the rows of corn and cantaloupe.

They are kept in line by the great Pyrenees puppies roaming the rows. Youthful discovery defines this land. Every spring come baby horses from their mother’s hock. The beautiful horses spend the hot summer finding their footing in the dusty ring. When I visited, a pony learning to walk started to prance. This goes on until the dog-days of August when another beauty offers life. The farm dogs have a litter of puppies that all find homes by the fall.

Milk, cream, and butter—these are some of the most delicious products when fresh. Fortuitously, the Kampersals have it all tucked away in their own part of town. Like the village of Mudville, Braggville is also home to familiar marvels. Lineages of hard-working families have pushed power through the earth where the lovely cows roam among the sweetest of families. A plethora of products are produced on this perennial plot with the help of many lovely a beast. Corn stalks grow high with the help of perfectly productive piggies. 

Kampersal cantaloupe is unbeatable over a game of cards and a quarter-pound of paper-thin prosciutto. During the peak summer months, the Kampersal family maintains a roadside farm stand where they sell their nutritious wares.

Mrs. Heidi Kampersal is passionate about homesteading and delicious cooking. Heidi hails from Cape Cod and brings a reinvigorating spirit to the Holliston agricultural community. Nothing goes to waste on her farm. The brushes the cows use to scratch their backs used to be on the street sweepers cleaning the roads in town. Much of the food fed to the animals is repurposed from the David Mindess Elementary School in Ashland, Massachusetts, where Heidi acts as a food service assistant. Everything gets put to good use.

Good quality meat is brought to life on the farm. Goat is one of the more unique products raised here. Even the most discerning palette will find goat meat to be a devilishly-delicious delicacy. None of the butchering is done on the premises. The Kampersals will put up no trouble in providing you a good quality turkey for your traditional New England Thanksgiving.

My dear friend and roommate, Feruz, shared with me a spoonful of something delicious and spicy. My lips were promptly met with excitement when I was told that I had eaten goat. I felt as if my tongue was dancing with the devil. Delicious.

All the meat from the locally legendary Kampersal family is delicate and divine, not unlike that of a tender lamb. Broiled, roasted, or even ground— all of which will round you out in the midsection.

The Publishers

6 Comments

  1. Henry Dellicker on March 28, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Wow, I didn’t know they were open again.

  2. Siobhan Warner on March 28, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    The bacon and sausage is awesome!!! The Kampersal farm is a great gem to have in town.

  3. John Losch on March 28, 2021 at 6:32 pm

    A cleverly written piece. This young journalist has some imagination when it comes to choosing words. Nice.

  4. Donna Kramer on March 28, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    So wonderful to see the Kampersal’s homestead bursting with life! Mark and Heidi work so hard to make “it work” and it is happening!!

  5. Dorothy KAMPERSAL on March 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    My parents..Rein & Mildred KAMPERSAL (KAMPERSAL DAIRY)would be so Proud of HEIDI & Mark!!!! Carrying on to make the Farm FULL CIRCLE!! 😍🥰🐄

  6. Thomas Shirley on March 31, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    I grew up in Holliston in the 40’s and 50’s. Have fond memories of the Kampersal’s Dairy. Glad to see that the farm is still productive.

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