Our History

  • Over 300 Years

    Over 300 Years

    We’ve been continuously family-run since day one.  The farm and ice cream operations are currently managed by the 8th and 9th generations.  As the business has grown and our operations expanded, we've been lucky to attract some of the best herdsmen, farmers, and dairymen to join us.

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  • Settle in America

    Settle in America

    The Richardson's came to America in 1636, after having been farmers in England. They first stopped in Charlestown and then helped settle land pasture in Woburn.

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  • Farming Begins

    Farming Begins

    By 1695, David Richardson moved from Woburn to Salem Village, which is now part of Middleton Massachusetts. David started Richardson's farm as it is known today: the Richardson's have milked cows in Middleton every day since his arrival (more than 300 years or 109,500 days straight).   For the first few generations in Middleton, the Richardson's were most subsistence farmers: milking cows, raising chickens, vegetables and any other food needed to sustain the family through their normal daily activities.

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  • Dairy Distribution

    Dairy Distribution

    By 1900, the farm began growing with more and more cows. Hazen K Richardson was in charge. With his two sons, Ben and Hazen M, they started bottling, selling and distributing milk in 1917. The farm expanded to over 1,000 cows by 1934.

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  • One Perfect Ice Cream

    One Perfect Ice Cream

    In 1952, Ben and Hazen Richardson set out to make “One Perfect Ice Cream.” A decade later, our ice cream stand became a local favorite with over 50 flavors to choose from (a remarkable achievement at the time).

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  • Branching Out

    Branching Out

    In 1978, we launched our wholesale business, delivering our ice cream to other dairy stands, grocery stores and restaurants throughout New England. Our employees make us proud. They’re our extended family. Many stay with us a long time. Our dairy farm, ice cream, milk and delivery staffs have been here for years. Our scoopers, mostly students, come back summer after summer. They take pride in Richardson’s, care about the place and feel a sense of ownership, treating each customer like family. Family involvement and employee longevity ensure consistency. You receive a better product and better service.

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  • Richardson’s Today

    Richardson's Today

    Today, our flagship ice cream stand in Middleton, Massachusetts remains on our dairy farm. The ice cream stand now has an all season dining room, complete with outdoor tables and fountains. Sheep, chickens, ducks and even a rooster have joined the 370 cows. At our adjoining Golf Country, our customers enjoy hours of fun at two miniature golf courses, batting cages and a driving range. Customers both appreciate and enjoy our immaculate grounds and greenery. Our second ice cream stand at Jordan’s Furniture Superstore in Reading, Massachusetts has been a larger-than-life addition to our family. View amazing jelly bean sculptures, including a banana split made from over 2 million jelly beans. A trapeze school, Liquid Fireworks, and IMAX Movie Theater combine to make this site another prime choice for spending quality family time. You’ll find top notch cleanliness at both Middleton and Reading. Our wholesale business has grown to cover much more areas and places. Chances are your favorite ice cream shop, grocery store or restaurant serves Richardson’s Ice Cream.

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  • Awards and Acknowledgements

    Awards and Acknowledgements

    Ben and Hazen succeeded in making "One Perfect Ice Cream," as evidenced by our awards and acknowledgements (many we’ve received multiple times). -Boston Magazine: Best of Boston -citysearch.com: Best Ice Cream -Pat Whitley’s Radio Show: Best Ice Cream -Phantom Gourmet: -Hidden Jewel -Great Ate -Gourmet Greatness rating -TV Diner with Billy Costa: Featured Ice Cream Experts on their summer ice cream show -Massachusetts Farm Beautification Association: Dairy Farm of Distinction Award based on roadside appearance, building maintenance, landscaping and farm operations including animal cleanliness and barnyard neatness. -Chinese Premier Visits: Wanting to see a working dairy farm, the Premier of China toured our farm, escorted by Lt. Governor Kerry Healey in December 2003.

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