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Open Barn Celebration at Celebrity Dairy

February 11, 2007

Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent.

“Open Barn” Celebration at Celebrity Dairy 
Siler City, NC

Celebrity Dairy is well-known throughout the Triangle region for their award-winning goat cheese, available at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, at local retailers like Chatham Marketplace and Weaver Street Market, and at area restaurants. Celebrity is owned by Brit and Fleming Pfann.

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.

Visit Celebrity Dairy’s website for more information.

Nursing kid

A newborn kid gets her first taste of mom’s milk.

newborn kids pile up under the heat lamp

Kids pile up under the heat lamp on a cold February day.

Tristy Evely with a newborn kid

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.

Whitney May

Head cheesemaker extraordinaire Whitney May.

Click here to see a photo series of Whitney making cheese.

Sleeping kid

Nothing like a little sun on your face and a warm body to make you snooze!

Whiteny with visitors

Whitney chats with farm visitors Lisa and Eric Forehand from Raleigh.

Celebrity tree swing

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.

tree swing

crowded dining room of the inn

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!

visitors tour the farm

Whitney talks to visitors about – what else – goats and cheese!

girl with new friend

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!).

Brit with group

Owner Brit Pfann (holding kid) talks with visitors and answers questions.

Family with new kid

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 with kid

Brit works all day to return kids back to their appropriate place after being handled!

girls having fun with kids

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.
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