Huxhardt farm on the border with Breckerfeld has a long history dating back to the 13th century. Meanwhile, the Piepenstock family takes care of everything: they run a riding house, they have their own cows and dairy, their own chickens – and they love their work. The future of the farm is assured, too.
Schalksmühle – The main occupation of the farm, which is located on the border between Schalksmühle and Breckerfeld, is dairy farming. The company’s “Moo to go” agricultural dairy has always been a trademark. In addition to their own fresh milk from their milk filling station, the Piepenstock family, which operates the traditional farm in Huxhardt, serves yoghurt, cream cheese, ice cream and syrup in their milk house in Stöcken, in many grocery stores in the near and far and in four flock production markets .
Now the assortment of ice cream has grown to 26 varieties. Crunchy almonds are currently the most successful. Eggs from the mobile barn complete the show. Along with their daughters Fanny and Mike, master farmer Hermann Beppenstock and his wife Kirsten run the ideally located farm, which has its roots in the 13th century.
As Kirsten Piepenstock explains, the Huxhardt farm was a farm in the region of Brandenburg, which gained great importance through the meeting place of the “Korstat” in Daal. In addition, the estate, which once belonged to Breckerfeld and has been linked to Schalksmühle since the municipal reorganization in 1970, has played a central role as a transformer station for horses thanks to the Volme Bridge. “The old Hanseatic line used to run here,” says Kirsten Piepenstock.
Her husband’s family purchased the property in 1802 from a foreclosure sale. Family roots in Albringwerde. Piepenstocks came to Huxhardt via the Krägeloh estate and Rüggebein estate. There are family ties to the Meininghausen farm in Ennepetal, which has been family owned for 800 years.
As Kirsten Pepinstock tells, her father-in-law would shuttle back and forth between the two farms in a horse-drawn carriage. On the other hand, her husband had already grown up in Huxhardt. She herself has lived on the farm since 1994. Hermann and Kirsten Pepinstock know that their two daughters will be the backstory. Fanny is studying agriculture at Soest, and Mike is completing her skilled year on the farm and will then enroll in agricultural high school.
The farmhouse in its present form was erected in 1864. The year the house was built can be clearly seen in the clapboard, giving the facade an eye-catching appearance. 80 dairy cows belong to the farm. It is milked by the milking robot system. The milk goes underground to the farm’s dairy, where it is pasteurized and heated to 72°C for 30 seconds. It is then filled and cooled in a milk storage tank before being marketed in the refrigerated vehicle.
Huxhardter Milch is part of the group of numerous grocery stores – from the Edeka supermarket in Dahlerbrück to BiosMio in Lüdenscheid and Köllershof in Hattingen – and in four lover’s market in Schwerte, Wetter, Dortmund and Lüdenscheid, which offer direct sales of the product. In addition to the Huxhardt milk house in Stöcken, the Piepenstock family opened a second milk house in Hagen-Dahl. “It’s going well.”
The other mainstay of the company are retirement horses. There are approximately 20 Shetland ponies for hunting draft horses in the family’s care. Wide lawns provide enough exercise. They are delighted to be joined by the three donkeys and the little mules of the pension user who offers donkey rides in the scenic surroundings thus fulfilling the heart’s desire. It was a separate meadow for donkeys, but they found out they could reach the horses under the fence, says Fanny Pepinstock with a smile.
We hope for a new version of Huxhardter Herbst
Horses and donkeys graze peacefully side by side in the meadows. Chickens serving fresh eggs from Huxhardt Farm also have a free set. The Piepenstock family also serves broiler chicken several times a year. In addition to the 60 hectares of property, the Piepenstock family leased 60 hectares of land. The family trains one apprentice per year. Other employees assist on a part-time basis and on a €450 basis.
The Piepenstock family is hoping for a new version of the Huxhardter Herbst. If the Corona pandemic situation allows, the farm will once again open its large barn for handicrafts and culinary foods. However, Kirsten Piepenstock does not want to commit herself yet.