Monument Farms Dairy and Fletcher “Buster” Brush are 2009 Chamber Award RecipientsBy Sue Hoxie
Monument Farms Named Business of the Year; Buster Brush Named Citizen of the Year
Middlebury, Vermont – September 28, 2009 – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce awarded Monument Farms Dairy, located in Weybridge, Vermont, its Business of the Year award which was presented at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting held on September 10th. Recipient for the Chamber’s Citizen of the Year award was also named at the dinner held at the Inn at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus.
The Business of the Year award is given to a business located in Addison County that has shown a significant improvement in the development of their business, positively impacting the economy on a local, regional or international level. According to Andy Mayer, Chamber President, “Monument Farms Dairy is a local business that Addison County can be proud of and they well-represent the local dairy community. Their milk products are outstanding and their impact on the environment is limited because they grow the corn locally, employ local workers, and produce and distribute their products locally.”
Started in 1930 by Richard James, Monument Farms began with just a home delivery route. Today Richard’s grandchildren run the operation which has grown to 35 employees and a milking herd of 450+ cows producing more than 3,000 gallons of milk per day. Monument Farm’s continued drive to supply milk and milk products locally has resulted in generational relationships not very common in the marketplace anymore.
Monument Farms has won several other awards over the years for their quality products, superior customer service and commitment to the community. They were twice named Business of the Month by the Addison County Chamber; in 2002 they were honored as the Vermont Farm Bureau Agribusiness of the Year; and earlier this year Monument Farms was inducted into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame.
In addition to the Business of the Year award, the Addison County Chamber presented its Citizen of the Year award which is given to an individual who has made numerous contributions to the community without the expectation of acknowledgement for those contributions. The award was given posthumously to Fletcher “Buster” Brush and going forward will be named the Buster Brush Citizen of the Year award. Buster Brush, who passed away on November 7, 2008, was very involved in the community for many years.
A partial list of his service includes: board of directors/president of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, president of the Middlebury Rotary Club, board of directors of the National Bank of Middlebury, Youth Safety Council of Vermont and Middlebury Community House. Other board service included the Salisbury Historical Society, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, the Middlebury Junior Golf Association, president and co-founder of the MHS MUHS Alumni Association, and review board member of Addison County Court Diversion.
He was the chair of the Outreach and Function Group with the Vermont Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and co-chair of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Golf Tournament Committee co-chair. Buster was chairman of the Salisbury Village Cemetery Restoration Project and founder of www.underbrush.org, a web site indexing Vermont cemeteries.
About Addison County Chamber of Commerce
The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interest, working together to promote commercial business in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at www.addisoncounty.com.