Open The Barn Doors, It's Open Farm Day
"It is fun to see the calves," said farm visitor Terrie Lipke, "and just to see what goes on."
At the Country Cousins dairy farm in the town of Pamelia, the barn doors were open for visitors.
The occasion? Open farm day.
"If you just look in the barn and you're not familiar with it -- and you have no idea what it is -- hopefully, we can take some people through and explain a little bit what we do on a daily basis," said farm owner Stanley Horning.
The event features farms in New York and across New England. It's a chance for the public to see farms that produce milk for McCadam and Cabot cheeses.
"It's just a beautiful day to see what's out and about," visitor Brian Chambers said.
The event even drew two local dairy princesses.
"I like getting out to the public and educating the public about the dairy industry," said Lewis County Dairy Princess Harley Hancock, "knowing where the milk comes from."
"I like the family-oriented atmosphere that it brings," said Casey Porter, Jefferson County's dairy princess.
Children enjoyed the day, too.
"Calf chores and feeding the animals," said young Landon Porter when asked what he liked about the farm.
To find out what farming like first hand, people can rent a cabin.
"We provide breakfast in the cabin," Horning said, "and then the evening meal with us. And if they're actually here working on the farm with us during the day, they can have lunch with us, too."
So if you're interested in a trip to the farm, and maybe even helping with some of the daily chores, call 315-629-2401 and see what life on a dairy farm is all about.
Thursday, April 17, 2014, Watertown, NY
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