Open Farm Day With My Niece

Today was a little different from my past Cinco De Mayo’s. Being the nerd that I am, I have been super excited about the Goat Ladies Open Farm Day. It’s been on my calendar since 2012. The farm is 30 minutes away, so it’s not that far. I have been enjoying her goats cheese for a couple of years now and going to the farm has been on my list of things to do. I am so glad that I was finally able to go. I took my niece and some of my dear friends. We had a brief class on the cheese making process. It would have been longer except we had two, 8-year-old girls and a 5-year-old who were itching to explore.
Our second stop was to visit the “free-range” chickens. One of the roosters was extremely friendly and the other was not really into people. It was really cute to see all of the happy chickens. No wonder they taste so yummy. The third stop was to look at the greenhouses that had rows of beautiful spinach, kale and herbs. It was so nice to see the thriving vegetables. The fourth stop was to meet the goats and it was quite the treat. I had no idea they were as friendly as dogs. They were happy to have us run around and pet them. The goats would actually come up and nudge you for attention. Adorable! The fifth stop was to the potters stand. The girls were so into it that they happily waited for over 30 minutes to have a turn on the wheel. Watching my 5-year-old niece working her hands through the clay was priceless. Our last stop was the cheese tasting room. We were able to sample a variety of the goats cheese that they offer. I brought home a fig and honey goats cheese and a jalapeno one. Delicious! I created a pasta dish with local spicy sausage and the jalapeno goats cheese tonight and it was pretty dang good. I will definitely have to run a little more to make up for all the yummy food and drinks I have had this weekend. It was a great day off and I feel rejuvenated and ready to start the week. I highly recommend visiting your local farms. It will put a smile on your face and fill your kitchen with local goodies. You’ll be happy you did.

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