Are you curious about the milking process - for either cows or goats? Many of our members allow guests to participate in milking, or offer tours of their milking facilities. It's a great way to gain more understanding of what it takes to get milk to us, the consumers. (And... after milking, there might be cheese making!)I always think that milking is one of those quintessential farm chores, along with gathering eggs and feeding chickens.
Wow, what a great month we had in July for new members!
Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to these newly listed
farms. Here are some quick highlights from their
Chantilly Ridge Alpacas
Port Orange, Florida
We are a family run full service Alpaca Farm (meaning we do
all the work), located in beautiful Port Orange, FL.
Come and help out on the farm, feed and play with the
Alpacas, chickens, bunnies. Relax by a beautiful pool (get a
wonderful massage, optional ) or visit the many interesting places
Daytona Beach and surrounding areas have to offer.
Pholia Farm Goat Cheese
Rogue River, Oregon
Go glamping in a charming, refurbished 1970 Airstream Land
Yacht in a private setting on a real goat cheese farm. Participate
in milking and farm chores if you like, feed baby goats in the
spring, or hike our forest trails. The farm is completely off the
power grid and nestled on 24 acres of forest and farmland. It is
family run, sustainable, and organically managed.
Sweet Retreat Guesthouse and
The guesthouse is perfect for short or extended vacations.
To get you started, we stock the guesthouse with ample breakfast
fixings for your first morning meal. We invite you to help yourself
to fresh veggies from our lush garden in summer, and to
complimentary maple syrup from our sugarhouse year round throughout
Harvest Village, an organic, centennial farm features
natural meat products from grass fed cattle and sheep; pastured
heritage pigs; free range heritage turkeys; and free range chicken
Beautiful and private historic farm in southern Maine. I
raise English Shire horses, Nubian and Nigerian goats, chickens,
and pigs. Delicious Chevre cheese and luxurious goat milk soap are
products from my goats. Almost everything I serve is from the
garden or from my animals. The animals are all treated humanely and
they live happily and freely on the farm.
West Simsbury, Connecticut
Over the past 30 years, driven by Nevin Christensen's
Eco-environmental vision, Flamig Farm has grown from a small egg,
organic vegetable, and strawberry operation to a richly varied,
education and entertainment, farm complex and petting zoo.
West Kill, New York
Set in a high mountain valley, in the heart of the Catskill
Region, Newton Farm Collective is a small market garden organic
farm on 50 acres of rolling pasture and woodland.The farm dates
back to the 1840's and retains all of its charm and curiosity, the
setting is truly tranquil and peaceful.
Liberty Hill Farm forms a lovely bucolic
picture: a 102-cow dairy and inn nestled along the White River
between the steep hills in Central Vermont. There's a tall red barn
where guests can try milking a cow or feeding the calves. There's a
cozy 1800s farmhouse where guests sleep, eat two home cooked meals
a day, and relax, either in the comfy sitting room or on a rocker
on the roomy porch. There's also an abundance of nature to enjoy -
swimming, tubing and fishing along the White River, hiking and
biking through the Green Mountain National Forest, and berry bushes
and flowers growing on the wild pieces of the property. In winter,
opportunities abound for both cross-country and downhill
Beth and Bob Kennett have owned Liberty Hill Farm since 1979.
Their two grown sons have recently come back to work on the farm as
well. The farm is a proud member of the Cabot Creamery Cooperative,
makers of "The World's Best Cheddar" according to a spate of cheese
competition awards. Liberty Hill Farm itself has also garnered a
suite of awards: in 2008 it was designated as "Vermont's 1st Green
Agritourism Enterprise." In 2010, the farm was among the few
destinations selected for an Editor's Choice "Best of New England"
award from Yankee Magazine. The farm has been
consistently highlighted in the media, including USA
Today, The Boston Globe, and ABC
These accolades are well deserved: Beth Kennett is an incredible
hostess, and a pioneer of and charismatic spokeswoman for Vermont
agritourism -- she's been hosting guests in her farmhouse since
I chatted with Beth as she and her friend Lois danced around the
kitchen cooking up dinner for 15 guests. Beth regaled me with
fascinating tidbits about the history and challenges of the dairy
industry and about the incredible impact her farm stay has had on
some of her guests. She told me about one man who arrived with
serious doubts about spending time on a farm again, having grown up
on one. This man, Beth told me, hugged her tightly and literally
cried with gratitude as he left, as if the farm stay at Liberty
Hill had allowed him a true emotional release. Another guest has
visited every year since she was a small child, and now brings her
own children for summer vacations to the farm.
Beth loves to cook, and she treats guests to two homemade meals
a day featuring Cabot dairy products and food from her neighbors'
farms. The dinner menu includes mouthwatering fare like cheddar
biscuits, maple cranberry chicken, rice pilaf with wild ramps, and
maple pumpkin ice cream for dessert.
Liberty Hill Farm also hosts wonderful knitting retreats
oriented towards cancer support and charity - knitted items are
often donated to local hospitals and organizations.
Liberty Hill Farm can host up to 17 guests in the farmhouse.
Rates (includes lodging, breakfast, and dinner) are $98 per adult,
$75 per teenager, $54 for children under 12, and kids 2 and under
stay free. For more information on Liberty Hill Farm, visit their
Vermont has a long history of inviting folks to visit their
family farms. The state even has a site called Vermont
Farms! that lists activities on farms and farms that offer
So it is not surprising to see a wonderful video on YouTube that highlights
one of our member farms, Shearer Hill Farm. This video
walks you through a day on their place from breakfast to tapping
maple trees for syrup. There's even a side trip you can take
to Adams Farm to milk the goats!
Probably longest in the business, and one of the best known
stays not only in Vermont, but also in the country is Liberty Hill Farm, where they raise
prize-winning Holstein cows, allow kids to interact with calf
feeding, and sit you down to farm family meals. We think Lareau
Farm also sounds fun with its flatbread oven and history as a
farm since 1794 (gosh, right after the Revolution!).
There are working dairy farms, alpaca farms, maple sugar, and
sheep farms throughout Vermont. It's impossible to list all
the wonderful farm stays here, so check out Farm Finder on the Farm
Stay U.S. site, search Vermont, and you will
find at least 30 choices for your next trip. You can even hit
the 'Map These Results' button to plan your route. This (obviously)
works for other states you might be planning to visit.
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