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The kidding season runs from February through April, and during this time around 150-200 goat kids will be born. Celebrity Dairy celebrates the kidding season by holding annual “Open Barn” weekends in February and March which are very well attended by people from throughout the Triangle region. It’s a great event for families to have fun and connect with local farms.
Kids pile up under the heat lamp on a cold February day.
Celebrity Dairy’s 2nd year animal husbandry apprentice Tristy Evely. Tristy helps with milking, feeding, and fencing and also has her own market garden at the farm.
Head cheesemaker extraordinaire Whitney May.
Click here to see a photo series of Whitney making cheese.
Nothing like a little sun on your face and a warm body to make you snooze!
Whitney chats with farm visitors Lisa and Eric Forehand from Raleigh.
The rope swing is a huge draw at the farm, attracting long lines of eager kids. The rope is the old docking line from a Greenpeace ship, and the tree is a 400+ year old oak.
Inside the Inn visitors gather for a delicious meal and warm drinks. Celebrity Dairy’s Bed and Breakfast was named Best Bed and Breakfast of the Triangle Region by Independent Weekly Magazine for 2006!
Whitney talks to visitors about – what else – goats and cheese!
During Open Barn weekends, a common sight is to see kids holding kids, and at least one of them is always smiling (and at least one of them is always nibbling!).
Owner Brit Pfann (holding kid) talks with visitors and answers questions.
This family was obviously having a quality experience. Right before this photo was taken, “Granny” was seen walking around with a kid in her arms and a big smile!
Brit works all day to return kids back to their appropriate place after being handled!
My parents used to say to me that when I was a kid they could never get a photo of me without an animal of some sort or another in my arms, which I guess is why this photo makes me smile (and I must confess, as far as the animals go, nothing has changed!). These girls will certainly remember this day.