This season we will have scheduled ranch tours at least one Saturday per month. The tours focus on different aspects of our operation, depending on the time of year. In March, the focus is on lambing; in April through September there are lambs to visit in the barn and pasture and tours include the opportunity to watch the afternoon milking. April and May are the best months to visit if you want to see baby lambs. By June the lambs are growing bigger. We still visit them and they still are adorable, but at 70+ pounds they are not what people always imagine when they think of "lambs." October through February are our quieter months, and also there is a chance of rain. Tours during those months will include discussion of all of our seasonal activities, a tour of our barns and milking parlor, a walk through the pastures to enjoy the views, and a chance to meet the ewes and older lambs up close. Tours always include a discussion of how the cheese is made, a cheese tasting and a chance to purchase cheese when it is available.
Tours are limited to 15 guests, reservations will be on a first-come-first-served basis, and your reservation is guaranteed when I receive your payment. The price is $20 each for adults and $15 for children under 17. I ask that each adult have no more than two childen accompanying them, and no more than one child under 13. The tours may not be appropriate for children under 10 or 11.
If you would like to reserve places on any of the tours listed below, please email me with “Tour” and the tour date in the subject line. I will send you payment instructions.
Tours will be held rain or shine, and cancellations are accepted with full refund (minus PayPal fees) up to 48 hours before the tour. (If we have a really big storm forecast for the tour day we will try to reschedule the tour, and refund tickets for those who can't make the new date).
We are not open to the public at other than scheduled tour dates. If you have a group of 10-15 people and would like a tour on other than a scheduled date, I may be able to accomodate you, but I will need a few weeks' notice to make it work. Please email me with your request.
Upcoming tour dates:
Saturday, March 8, 1:30 to 3:30 (full, taking a waiting list; this is a "lambing" tour; see special notes below)
Saturday, March 22, 1:30 to 3:30 (full; taking a waiting list; this is also a "lambing" tour; see special notes below)
Saturday, April 5, 1:30 to 3:30 (full; taking a waiting list)
Saturday, April 19, 1:30 to 3:30
Saturday, May 3, 1:30 to 3:30
Saturday, May 17, 1:30 to 3:30
The April tours will feature mothers and lambs in the pasture. We will not be milking yet on April 5, but will have begun milking by April 19, so the April 19 tour will include the chance to watch the afternoon milking.
Special note for "lambing" tours in March: Tours during lambing are very unpredictable, and I do not recommend them for children under 15. They do give you a very realistic glimpse of life at a sheep dairy at the busiest time of year. If we are having a "quiet" day, you will have plenty of opportunity to see mother ewes with newborn lambs, to learn about the care of mothers and lambs during their first few days of life, and possibly to feed a bottle-lamb and/or pick up and hold lambs. The tour will also include a tasting of our 6- to 9-month cheese, and a chance to buy cheese. If we have a ewe in labor and delivering lambs, that of course will be the main attraction, but there still should be time to visit mothers and newborns, taste and buy cheese, etc. There is always the chance that we will be in the middle of an "all hands on deck" urgent situation, in which I need to rely on the tour visitors to be spectators while I work with my employees to do what needs to be done. Births can be traumatic and a bit disturbing if they are difficult. We don't have a lot of tragedies during lambing, but can't predict when they might occur. In the unlikely event that something occurs that is acutely life-threatening for ewe or lamb, we may need to re-direct the tour away from the disturbing situation, or cut the tour short.
See these blogs and articles for first-hand impressions of our tours!
Anne Marie Chiramberro wrote about her tour with her parents in December 2013.
Christopher Hall wrote about us in the NY Times Travel Section in May 2013.
Bethy Hardeman posted a beautiful blog entry after a visit in June 2013.
Assana Fard and her husband Dan celebrated their first anniversary on one of our tours in July 2013.
Blogger and photographer Lacey Bediz took some lovely photos on the August 24th tour.
Meet a lamb
Feed a bottle-baby
Hug a horse