I wouldn’t exactly say that High Point is defined as city living, but it does offer city sewer, water, and garbage pick-up. I think for most people, there comes a time when an escape from urban surroundings is necessary to revitalize one’s spirit. Hence when I was informed of a farm open house and harvest fest by a coworker, I immediately knew a day in a rural setting would do everyone in the family a little good.
The Goat Lady Dairy was on first on our stop. I’ve never been there before, but I knew how much I loved their products. Going to see where it was actually made was going to be quite the treat! After a 45 minute leisurely drive, we were there and marveling at the beauty of the place.
The first thing that caught our eyes was a pottery area, where local potters were helping visitors make their own clay creations. We thought Little Man would love it…
…but it turns out he wasn’t such a fan. Perhaps because he was being encouraged to get dirty and that was too much of a foreign concept? Whatever the reason, Aaron quickly took over and tried his own hand at pottery and he is a natural.
After our arts lesson, we walked the grounds, enjoying the beautiful gardens, samples, and livestock. Little Man even got to pet a chicken!
The goats themselves had loads of personality and were adorably friendly.
As we walked around, we quickly realized that there were no food vendors and we were starving! Being out in the middle of nowhere essentially, we were doubtful about the possibility of getting our grub on anytime soon. That is until the parking attendant informed us of the Harvest Fest at Rising Meadow Farm two miles down the road. We were relieved and felt surprisingly lucky to be able to go to two farms in one day (and eat yummy food)!
When we got to Rising Meadow, I was immediately taken aback at the beautiful day. It couldn’t have been more gorgeous!
We wound our way down the gravel road to the festivities and were greeted with delicious lamb burgers in pita, tons of artisans, and sheep galore. We soon discovered that this farm breeds all kinds of sheep for their meat and their wool. The artisans were all the local folks who buy the wool, dying it, spinning into thread, and turning it into useable items all themselves. Just the varieties of wool surpised me!
Did I mention there was bluegrass? Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE bluegrass?!
All in all, it was an amazing afternoon and provided us so many special moments as a family to experience new things!