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St Helen’s Farm was founded in 1986 on a small holding near Barmby on the Marsh in East Yorkshire. It was located next to a church called St Helen’s, from which the name of the farm was chosen.
The business began when it was discovered that goats’ milk was of great appeal to people who could not tolerate cows’ milk. In those days, goats’ milk could only be bought from individual farms and supermarkets concentrated on cows’ milk products. The farm began by milking 500 goats and soon started supplying customers such as Waitrose and Hillards with, initially, a blend of sheep and goats’ milk yogurts. The business then moved to a new site at Seaton Ross in the Vale of York in the early 1990’s. The extra land was needed to grow crops to feed the goats and to expand the herd.
A modern dairy was also built, which enabled St Helen’s Farm to pack fresh goats’ milk into cartons and make other products such as butter, cream and yogurts.
Today, the dairy supplies fresh goats milk products to supermarkets across the country daily. The consumer liking for goats’ milk products has increased demand for milk and a number of other family goat farms in the Midlands and Yorkshire now also supply us with fresh British goats’ milk to meet rising demand. There have been many changes over the years but a consistent focus on good animal welfare and attention to quality at all stages of the process has remained a constant philosophy. This has enabled the farm and dairy to produce a top-quality goats’ milk that continues to be enjoyed by increasing numbers of customers each year.