Monday, March 26, 2012

Celebrity Dairy Open Barn Day

What it is: This event happens only several times a year, and we've been wanting to check it out for a while.  We were so glad that we were able head out this time.  It's definitely worth a trip.  Celebrity Dairy is a goat dairy located outside Pittsboro.  Usually they do not allow the public in, but they sell their cheeses out around the community at places like the Carrboro Farmer's Market.  However, several times a year, when the baby goats are being born, they open everything up so we can come and take a look.

The last one occurred on March 11, and we headed on down.  First, we went in and were able to see the goats inside their barn.  We then headed outside where we could get up close and personal with them in their pens.  My sons loved pulling up the grass and trying to get the goats to eat it.  They laughed when the goats tickled their fingers.  Then, we turned around and noticed that some of the little baby goats were just running free in the open grassy area where people were mingling.  It was the neatest thing just to have my boys be able to walk up to the goats, or chase them.  One of the farmers even gave my oldest son a bottle so he could feed one of the baby goats.

During this Open Barn Day they also offer a light lunch that you can purchase, or little samples of all of their goat cheeses that you can try.  Then, there's a long rope hung from one of the trees that all of the kids were having a ball swinging from.  It was just a really neat experience, and I was glad that our little family could experience it.

What we liked:  We loved the opportunity to interact with the animals on such an up close and personal level. It's so rare to have that experience.  We loved how friendly everyone was and the farmers were just wandering around to talk to.  The price was the price of a donation or any munchies or goat cheese that you want to purchase while you're there, which is nice.

What we would change:  Of course we're sad that this opportunity is only offered several times a year.  However, we completely understand the reasons behind it, and we'll have to content ourselves by buying their delicious cheeses the rest of the year.  In addition, it's a bit of a distance away from Durham-about 15 minutes beyond Pittsboro, and Pittsboro can be a great lunch stop before you head out to the farm.

Website and other important information:


Address:  144 Celebrity Dairy Way - Siler City, NC 27344

Next Open Barn: November 27


(Goats climbing in their pen.)

(One of the goats out in the field)

(Goats can climb trees.)

1 comment:

Stephanie Clark said...

This is such a wonderful place! My family has been attending Open Barn for the last 6 years and it's always a treat. I was there with sever 5-year old little boys who got to witness a baby goat being born, what an experience (and what interesting conversations followed!) This year we learned from Brit the owner, that while he will still run the farm, the Inn part of Celebrity Dairy has been purchased and some changes are taking place. It sounds very promising, as the dairy's chef, Chip Smith, formerly of Bonne Soiree in Chapel Hill, as well as Tina Vaughn will be serving French cuisine! Could be a great place to have a nice dinner - I'm really looking forward to seeing what they do there!

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