Circle N Dairy, a famil y owned and operated dairy farm in Gainesville, offers tours of their farm that include learning about the crops they raise; how the cows are fed and what their diets consist of to produce top-quality milk; how the cows are taken care of; and the opportunity to observe the milking parlor to see how milking is done.
Bottle-feeding the baby calves, along with “milking” a life-size simulated cow is a great experience for both children and adults, and those participating in the tour get to try it firsthand. Conservation methods such as recycling water and composting are an important consideration at Circle N Dairy. Owner and farmer Michelle Neu says, “Our tours give consumers the opportunity to learn how dairy farms operate and the differences between raw and store-bought pasteurized milk. We think it’s a great benefit for consumers to get this information straight from the source, not a marketing agency.”
Cost is $7 (age 2 and up), including milk samples and goodie bags. Location: 2074 CR 446, Gainesville. A picnic area is available. To arrange a tour, call 940-372-0343 or visit CircleNDairy.com.