Our first stop was a creamery. At this small creamery, they made cheese from the milk of both goats and cows. We tried samples of goat cheese and were surprised how delicious it was. We also learned about the process of making cheese. The kids loved the Great Pyrenees dog that guarded their goats. He made our Great Dane/lab mix puppy (8 months and already 60 pounds) look small.
This is the only picture taken of me during the day. It is not the best shot, because I told my son to make sure he got the mountains in the background. He got those but forgot about the shadows over our faces.
Our second farm was a fruit, vegetable, and cutting flowers farm that we would like to do a CSA with next year. When we called earlier this year, they were already booked. We picked blueberries at this farm. Little Red Ridinghood was photographed by a reporter for our local newspaper and was thrilled that she made the front page, as shown below:
Our third farm raised alpacas. We learned the process of turning alpaca fur into yarn, including watching a woman using a spinning wheel to make yarn. Also up for sale were many handcrafts made from the alpacas' hair. The kids liked visiting with the alpacas best, but they are not as friendly as llamas. These alpacas have been recently sheared, except for the mop left on the top of their head.
Our last visit was to a farm that raised bison. They were so beautiful and big. We were given a great tour of the farm. The kids loved being weighed on the bison scale.
Bison have not roamed free since 1799 in our area. This farm had a herd of about 10. We purchased two bison burgers to try with our dinner. They were flavorful but a bit dry. I guess it takes some practice to cook with such a lean meat.
What a fun day! It was really nice to go out to explore more of what our county has to offer.