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Down on the Farm

On a whim the other day, hubby and I decided to drive out to the farm where we get our milk and eggs from and see the animals, too! We had never been to the farm before, buying their cow’s milk and chicken eggs from a booth at our local Farmer’s Market.

So this was spontaneous. People, did you miss that? I did something spontaneous! I mean, aside from creating three children at once and spontaneously!, doing “spontaneous” is not a typical action from me. And having those three children has made “spontaneous” even more challenging simply because of the time and effort involved in doing anything.

I was getting pretty excited to show the babies the animals and vice versa. Visions of giggles and excited smiles crept in and I couldn’t wait to pile them out of the car. The first animal we approached was a dog. You know, a big ol’ wouldn’t-hurt-a-fly farm dog. They cried. Chickens! Oooh, let’s go see the chickens. (Mama does the sign for “chicken” and talks in a “happy” voice.) Cried. Ducks? Cried. Goats? Now, we’re talking! Of course, their willingness to see the goats may have come from the fact that they were so far away they were barely visible. But, hey. Baby steps, people!


The farm has a fun store with all kinds of produce, dairy, meats, etc. So we walked around and I shopped. And the babies ate. Ate what? Oh, a little of whatever they could grab out of bins!!! The store was so small there was no way our behemoth of a stroller could possibly fit inside. So we follow three toddlers around, try to shop and try to keep them from racking our bill up! Had you been there, you would have heard:

Makenna, put that tomato back! Oh, David! She took a bite out of it!

Emma, we look with our eyes, not our hands – please do not touch the honey!

Makenna, put that pepper back! Oh, David! She took a bite out of this, too! {She may have been a tad hungry.}

Noah, that glass jar of jelly is not a toy, we look with our eyes, not our hands! No, that onion is-

Emma, you may not pick that egg up! Jennifer!

Emma, we…Noah, please don’t! Makenna, Mama said…Jennifer! David!

Mmmm, yeah. Let’s just say the farm trip was a bust. =)

I did love the little farm, though! It was beautiful and so exciting to see the animals from which our food comes. They’re well cared for and seem happy in their home. And I can’t wait to go back! 

Questions to Ask When at the Farm

Buying farm fresh produce, meats and dairy is no longer a new thing for me. But it was not too long ago. Here are some questions you can ask the farmer. Remember, be assertive! Some farmers can be misleading and use terms which most people think are good when, in reality, they describe processes not much better than those found in your local grocery store! And they’re certainly not worth paying more for!

  • What do you feed your chickens (cows, goats, pigs, etc.)?
  • Do your cows (etc.) roam free? What percentage of time do they spend in a pasture vs. in a stall?
  • Do your animals receive any medications or antibiotics?
  • When your chickens are given grain, is it soy-free? GMO-free?
  • Is your produce grown organically? If some is not, what non-organic products do you use?

Again, some of these questions may seem nit-picky initially. But I have learned the hard way that if you don’t ask, don’t know and get less than described above, you may as well be buying the stuff in the stores.

So prep your list of questions, pile in the car and plan a day at your nearby farm, heading home with lots of fresh goodies from the animals the kids just loved on! Hey, and if you’re a homeschooling family, use it and check it off as a school day, too!

What other questions do you ask your farmer?


  1. Yikes! I’ve learned that when I envision a grand outing, I’m setting myself up for disappointment. I don’t mean that negatively, but I know that with so many kids, someone is going to freak out, someone is going to pout because things aren’t going their way, and someone is going to have a stinky diaper!!! 🙂


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