The Vanderwende family is a third generation dairy farming family from Bridgeville Delaware. William & Ellen Vanderwende bought Dutch Ayr Farm in 1954 and were left with $35.00 and six cows. Our Dairy Facility has since then expanded to around 500 cows and 4,000 Acres in the Bridgeville, Greenwood, Seaford, Harrington, and Felton area with the help of William & Ellen's four children Daniel, Douglas, James, and Carla and many grandchildren.
In 2012, James Vanderwende and his wife Donna opened a new sector of the family farm, Vanderwende Farm Creamery, serving homemade ice cream made on site along with locally made cheese, milk, jams, butter, etc. Vanderwende Farm Creamery has developed quite the customer base, has been featured on The Food Network show, Eating America hosted by Anthony Anderson, and most recently won the Delaware Times Family Business Association award in the Small business category.
James and Donna expanded their growing business enterprise with Vanderwende Acres, a historic dairy farm located in Seaford Delaware built in the early 1930s. The farm has undergone a major renovation including the correction of all existing structures, a complete renovation of the original 1930s milk house that now serves as our bridal suite, an addition off the back of the existing barn structure including bathrooms, a dressing room, and man cave, a massive patio including a fire pit and 12' fireplace and a 42' X 80' Pavilion with retractable weather protection.
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