Chicks and lambs and piglets—oh my! Now that spring is here, it’s the perfect time to plan a trip to your local farm. Many offer tours or even tastings of their farm-made products. Find our favorite spots below!
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Tilden Little Farm
The Little Farm was built in 1955 and features a variety of farm animals including cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens and pigs. Several heritage breeds are preserved here, including Milking Shorthorn Cattle. Visitors are welcome to bring lettuce or celery (but nothing else) to feed the animals.
Ardenwood Historic Farm
Ardenwood Historic Farm is a Regional Historic Landmark in Fremont that is open to the public on a daily basis. At Ardenwood, you will see sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, goats and cows.
34600 Ardenwood Blvd.
Harley Farms Goat Dairy, Pescadero
This working goat farm is a great place to visit when you head to the coast. They offer tours that you can book in advance or visit the farm on our own during working hours: Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by the farm shop before you leave to purchase products to take home.
205 North St.
Deer Hollow Farm
Deer Hollow Farm is a 160 year-old historical ranch in Silicon Valley. It offers spring farm tours, summer programs and an Ohlone Day Festival in the fall. Admission is free except during special events.
22500 Cristo Rey Dr.
photo: Kate Loweth
This farm offers year-round programs to provide individuals and families with opportunities to learn about the environment and enjoy all that Hidden Villa has to offer. You can milk a cow or join a bird hike or bake breads from around the world. Spring is a great time to take the barnyard babies tour. Parking is $10 unless you are there for a paid activity. They are closed on Mondays and during the summer for camps.
26870 Moody Rd.
Los Altos Hills, CA
Just over the hill into Half Moon Bay will get you to Lemos Farm. In addition to being one of the hot spots for pumpkins in the fall, Lemos offers farm animals that you can visit with year-round. Ride a pony in the ring or meet goats, pigs, sheep and more in the petting zoo.
12320 San Mateo Rd.
Half Moon Bay, CA
photo: Kate Loweth
The Rolling Hills 4-H group houses many of its animals at this ranch in Cupertino. Ranch tours are offered on the second Saturday of the month (excluding Dec.-Feb.). Meet the 4-H members and learn how they take care of their animals. Here you can meet chickens, goats and sometimes pigs and steer.
22221 McClellan Road
Emma Prusch Farm Park
Emma Prusch Farm Park is a 43.5 acre park in East San Jose and home to what many say is the biggest wooden barn in California. Local 4-H youth use the barn to raise their market and breeding animals. The barn serves as a residence to steers, goats, sheep and pigs (swine).
647 S King Rd.
San Jose, CA
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The mission of Slide Ranch is to connect children to nature. Farm days, campouts, summer programs and more are all available at this Muir Beach ranch. They even have special programs where toddlers get to meet animals and learn what it takes to take care of them.
2025 Shoreline Hwy,
Muir Beach, CA
Tara Firma Farms
This farm raises animals and grows veggies to support their CSA business. You can swing by on the weekends at 11 a.m. for a free tour. You will learn about the farm and CSA, what “pasture raised” means and how farms like Tara Firma Farms are on the front lines to fight climate change, reduce water usage and build better soil through the latest methods in carbon farming
3796 I St.
For a visit with a totally different animal, head to Tomales to meet he buffalo of Ramini Mozzarella. Tours and tastings are offered on Saturdays.
175 Gericke Rd.