on tuesday, i had the opportunity to visit dream farm in cross plains, wi for a tour with my gardenfit group. dream farm has been a labor of love for diana and her husband (i didn’t meet him or catch his name) for the past 9 years.
it is an organic farm that raises goats, steer, pigs, sheep, and chickens. they also have two adorable dogs, rosie & oliver.
oliver met us immediately when we arrived at the farm. diana was quickly behind the dogs and was so welcoming all day….even to our group of crazy middle-schoolers!
first thing we saw was her cheesery. they make their own goat cheese every day at the farm – soft and hard cheeses with many flavors! it is seriously delicious (i tried it before i began my vegan month). we learned the general process behind the cheese making (i was clearly in heaven) and then we went out to meet the goats behind the magic!
right now they have 34 cows at dream farm, 24 of which are currently milking. diana explained their method for drying up the goats each winter and lots of other things about how they do things.
all of the goats are grassfed and grass-finished. they also supplement with organic grain during lactation.
after we met the mama goats, we got to meet the new babies! 🙂
aren’t they cute??? they were so calm and friendly. the kids got to feed and pet them. they even named a couple of the babies and diana said she would try to remember those names and keep them!
then we met the chickens.
they have 200 egg-laying hens at the farm. all hens have ample access to pasture and they move around the fences periodically when they have cleared the pasture. the have 5 hen-houses with huge fenced in areas for each group of chickens. diana grabbed a couple of eggs to show us the different colors they get.
aren’t they beautiful? and because the chickens get a lot of their nutrition from pasture (they are supplemented with grain), their eggs are higher in omega-3’s, vitamin e, vitamin a, folic acid, and carotenoids. hooray!
dream farm sells their eggs and cheeses and partners with vermont valley farm to offer an egg and cheese share with their csa. 🙂 i think that’s so cool! my csa last summer didn’t offer anything like an egg or cheese share – if they did, you can bet i would have been all over that! well, at least the cheese!
dream farm is also home to 6 small pigs. they got the pigs because diana found out that pigs eat whey (they get a lot of whey from the cheese-making process), which was the perfect solution for them. they hated wasting the whey.
the pigs were so cute & had their own pasture as well!
and finally, they raise 3 steer.
diana’s brother has a dairy farm down the road, and each spring they get some steer to raise for beef. all of their animals are grass-fed through their lives, so it’ll take these 3 little guys 2 years until they’re full grown.
aren’t they cute too? they are 2 months old!
dream farm also has some sheep, but they weren’t as curious about the humans as the other animals, so i wasn’t able to get a good photo of them.
i loved spending the day at dream farm. everything was so clean and beautiful.
diana was so warm and inviting. she really just wanted us to enjoy our time out there. if you are from the madison area, i highly recommend that you keep your eyes out (at willy st. coop and the west-side market in madison and the trillium natural foods community coop in mount horeb) for their cheese. it’s amazing and worth the price!
(note: i wasn’t paid or compensated in any way for this review – i was simply extremely impressed by my experience at the farm and wanted to share with all of you!)
now i want to go live on that farm.
have you ever done a farm tour?
what would your favorite part of the day be?
i loved petting the baby goats!