Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny day and the perfect day for our Open Farm. We estimate that approximately 200 folks came out for the event!
Young chicks were housed in the barn with the top removed from their pen to allow easy access. Thankfully, we suffered ZERO chick casualties at Open Farm despite some of the tight-gripped lovin' the babies received.
We had all the momma goats out in the big field and babies up near the barn. This kept kiddos safe from any protective momma goats who may have been leery of visitors and allowed easy access to the little ones. The momma goats actually spent most of the time out browsing in the field, seemingly thankful for a little "me" time. ;)
While all the babies received a good deal of attention, little Shake definitely got the most. She pretty much spent the entire time in the rocking chair, being handed off from one person to another. She has got to be the most spoiled goat ever!
I just loved seeing the animals through the eyes of these beautiful children -- so much wonder and awe!
John ended up spending most of his time in the chicken field where he answered questions and held chickens up to be petted. Since chickens are his favorite farm animal, this was a good job for him. He enjoyed teaching the little ones about the hens and said they asked lots of great questions.
While all this was going on, our own children were pretty helpful. Girl 1 worked the barn sales counter for a lot of the time, and Girl 2 and Boy organized little tour groups for hikes down the trails and to the pond.
Up by the barn, some works of art were produced on egg cartons that were then filled with just-gathered eggs.
Thanks to those who snapped these pics and sent them to me to use. And, thank you to everyone who turned out to welcome spring with us and celebrate all things "farm." We are continually thankful for the support of our customers and all those who join us in our mission to take care and eat well.