Storm Field Swiss  Wappinger Falls, NY

Storm Field Swiss Wappinger Falls, NY

Wappingers Falls, New York, is located along the eastern bank of the Hudson River, just south of Poughkeepsie. The village dates back to the mid-18th century, when much of the area was farmland. Today, due to the constant bustle of U.S. Route 9, suburban sprawl has overtaken the area to such an extent that only two dairy farms remain. One of those operations is Storm Field Swiss at Knapp Farm, under the care of Jennifer DeForest and her husband James Lawrence.

Knapp Farm was founded in 1920 by Jennifer’s great grandparents, Thomas and Ethel Knapp, who purchased 400 acres of picturesque field, pasture, and forest. That same year, they erected the cow barn, which is still home to the farm’s animals. For more than 70 years, the farm prospered under their care until it was sold to the Metzger family in 1997 after Thomas passed away. Today, Glenn and Marie Metzger still control the farm and lease the land to Jennifer and Jim, who own the cows and manage the farm.

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