We just came back from a long weekend in Burlington Vermont. I planned this vacation here because I wanted take the girls to visit Shelburne Farms. This is a non-profit, working farm with a mission to educate on sustainability and conservative ethic. Food and nutrition are important to me and I want the girls to learn the importance of where our food comes from. We spent a day visiting their Children’s farmyard.
Every half hour there is an activity and the girls did them all. Their favorite was collecting eggs. The chickens lay their eggs in these little cubbies. The girls waited patiently and went back multiple times to check for chickens that left their cubby so they could see if they laid an egg. They were anxious to find eggs and with a little help from Grouchy Husband using a stick to lift a chicken up, both girls found a warm fresh-laid egg.
After they picked up the egg, they brought it to be weighed and placed it in the egg carton.
Milking the cow was their next favorite activity. Girls were both surprised how hard it was to squeeze the milk from the cow.
The girls looked for all the colors of the rainbow in the garden.
They got to pick and eat husk cherries.
They got to brush a horse.
They visited a mama pig and her piglets covered in mud to keep cool.
The got to pet turkeys.
They watched how cheese was made. And even got to try samples.
One of our best meals during our visit to Vermont was at the farm cafe. Meat, cheese, and vegetables all from the farm and so delicious. I love the simplicity of farm life. If I had my own, it would have to be dairy farm because I can’t keep plants alive in our home.
Cheers to a Simple Life,
The Dumpling Mama xo