a couple weekends ago, organic valley kindly invited us out to one of their beautiful family owned farms in pennsylvania where we spent the day, and we all had the best time! how can you not when you’re surrounded by baby calves and chicks and the sweetest little pigs we ever did see? i think conrad’s love for farm animals grew times 10 on this day especially, considering how he gives you the most drawn-out “moooooo” when asked what the cow says, followed by the biggest grin!
i wanted to share some of my favorite photos from the day below. this farm seriously was pristine. the animals could not have looked more healthy and beautiful, and josh and i maybe spent a solid half hour on the drive back to new york discussing if our end goal should be settling ourselves down on a farm someday. :) while out in the field observing cows, we found a monkey on the farm!!!!! cutest monkey ever though, so we had to take her home. ;)
how absolutely stunning are these dairy cows?! did you catch how the two in the first photo in this post look like they are kissing?! i love it.
so eleanor was kneeling picking some flowers out in the field and samson walked over and started to put a few in eleanor’s hair all on his own! i’m not kidding when i say no one told samson to go do this. is that not the sweetest thing?!
these pigs stole my heart.
also, conrad climbed up this gate rail all on his own and almost tried to get into the pig pen with the pigs before we grabbed him and held him back!
eleanor and samson’s little heads together in this photo makes me smile. they were looking at a sweet little lady bug that samson had found on the rocks and was holding in his hands here.
here he goes trying to get in with the animals again!helping give a bottle of milk to a calf!these baby calves were so darling. they told us they normally keep them out in the open fields with their mamas but brought them into the barn on this day so we could all have a good look and help feed them. they mostly stayed curled up sleeping during our visit, but were awake for a few minutes in the beginning where i was able to grab these pictures! i wanted to also add a footnote about how incredible it is that organic valley’s farm animals are never given hormones and other antibiotics to speed up their growth and get them on faster reproductive cycles. it was so apparent while touring the farm how healthy and well taken care 0f these farm animals are, and that is nothing short of comforting to see as a mother who is striving for the best when it comes to my kids and our food choices.
the kids were able to make their own butter on the farm! this was really exciting because we are some of the world’s biggest butter lovers (why is it so good?!). so being able to show the kids how the butter comes from the milk from the cows in the field and ends up back home in the fridge in our apartment was pretty cool.
shaking that cream until it turned to butter!!!!!
trying our fresh butter that we just made by shaking our cream for a few minutes! success! when samson opened his jar he exclaimed, “what? this is butter?!” haha!
on the road trip down to the farm, we actually brought along some of organic valley’s string cheese to snack on with some nuts and sliced veggies. all five of us eat their string cheese regularly at home since it’s such an easy and healthy snack we can all access straight from the fridge and i love how it’s also easy to bring along and eat on the go. if you aren’t familiar with organic valley’s products, some of the things we especially love about them is that they are a coop, so they source from over 1800 family farms around the country who are also the owners of the company. amazing.
making our own little puppet cows!
baby overalls covering diaper bums and baby wellies. man. i just can’t ever get enough of this kind of thing!
we play a game regularly at a playground near our home on the upper west side that has a pretend carriage, so spotting this on the farm was gold to our littles. we couldn’t get them away from it.
and ironically, these baby mice that were in the barn were also something the kids we so fascinated by and kept going back to. i love that out of all the farm animals, the mice are something they keep going back to when we talk about our day at the farm! maybe it’s the familiarity since they are city kids and see rats on the subway tracks sometimes (eek!) but i think it’s kind of darling.
what a breathtakingly beautiful farm and wonderful day for our family. thank you so much to organic valley for inviting us to spend a day at one of their family farms and also for partnering with us on this post. you can learn more about their farm tours and find one to visit near you right here!