A few weeks ago I accompanied my daughter to her preschool field trip. We went to visit a local dairy farm called the Spring House. It’s been a family owned and operated business for more than 35 years. They have the dairy farm run by one daughter, the market and bakery run by another daughter and they also have a catering business that another daughter manages.
It made for a fun morning out and some good hands-on learning. We were given a tour of the farm as our guide explained the milking process.
Then my own little milkmaid got to have a turn.
Then we went to visit the new additions to the farm and give them their breakfast.
These girls were done giving up their milk already and were now busy enjoying their breakfast.
After the tour was finished, we went to the market area and gobbled up our free ice cream. While we sat there I thought about some of the things our tour guide said. My oldest daughter had been there a few years ago for her field trip. At that time they had twice as many cows as they do now. The woman giving the tour said they had to cut down their herd because of the cost of feed. She explained that because of "the price of corn and the demand to turn it into fuel for all the gas guzzling oversized vehicles" they couldn’t afford to keep as many cows.
Boy, that ice cream was good.
And their milk is so fresh.
I wonder if that other Mommy there felt at all bad about that huge escalade she drives????
I mean it doesn’t seem to bother her that she can’t maneuver it very well or that she always takes up 2 spaces at the school drop off/pick up. Hmm, I bet she won't be bugged at all about her fuel consumption or the farm selling off cows.
I hope they are still in business when my little man goes on his field trip.