Last month I took my children and a friend to the farm. It was a lovely Vermont day! Take a look:
Park at the Welcome Center and then follow the signs to the Farm Barn (which we also call the “Castle Barn”).
Go around the corner and through the woods and then…. there it is!
We stopped to admire the art work.
Once in the Children’s Farmyard look for the Chicken Parade and help gather eggs. This is my son’s favorite activity!
We helped ourselves to a few tasty basil leaves in the garden.
Another favorite activity is milking the cow. The staff members assist the children and teach them about how/why/when cows are milked/kept on the farm, and more. Did you know that one brown swiss cow makes up to 5 gallons of milk a day! That’s a lot of milk….. which is good to have on hand to make Shelburne Farm’s award winning cheese!
The animals are as happy to see the kids are the kids are to see the animals. We are particularly fond of the old donkeys and the goat kids.
Here is my favorite part of the day: the storywalk.
This story walk used the book Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Mary Azarian. The kids led the way up the hill, reading the story as they went.
There was a rewarding view at the top (of Lone Tree Hill) and the perfect picnic spot!
My children had a great day hiking on the trails, being hands on with the animals, and learning about their environment.
On our tractor ride back to our car we were able to see the resident Osprey in their nest.
Be sure to visit the gift shop for samples of Shelburne Farms cheese! They have a great variety of Vermont made products for sale.
There is so much to see on the farm: the market garden, the dairy barn, the lake! There are 1400 acres to explore! I have a list of things I want to see on our next visit already started!
Mark your calendar for the Harvest Festival at Shelburne Farms on September 19th. This is a great family event!
Shelburne Farms is hosting another giveaway for our readers! Today’s giveaway is for a one year Family Membership Pass!
Good luck, and happy farming!