Parents…start your tractors—we’re heading to the country. While we haven’t tracked down old MacDonald, we did find some of his farmer friends. They’re all producing some family-friendly fun just a short drive from Atlanta. So grab your red handkerchief, overalls and little farm hands, we’ve dug up some farm fresh fun for you and your family to sample.
Cagle’s Family Farm
Pet a calf, feed a goat…yes please! Cagle’s Family farm in Canton makes it easy to do. At this former dairy farm turned beef farm, your little rancher can meet chickens, ducks, goats, calves, turkeys and herding dogs face to face. Cagle’s offers a Farm Ag-Venture every other weekend, which includes a tractor pulled hayride through the farm. Check out the pigs as the gobble up corn on the cob, watch the herding dogs move goats and cows and see how a cow is milked. There is even more farm fun in the fall including a corn maze, bonfire hayrides and a haunted barn.
Berry Patch Farms
Trying to teach your tot a bit about farm to table? Show your babe berries don’t grow in baskets at the grocery store at Berry Patch Farms in Woodstock. The farm provides the bucket, you provide all the picking power. In the summer, go on a blueberry scavenger hunt to find the sweetest—or click here to see our complete guide to the area’s u-pick berry farms. At Berry Patch, the berries are sold by the pound; weight is calculated on a unique, old fashioned scale. Since you’re doing the work, the prices are much less than the grocery store. In the fall, Berry Patch Farms offers pumpkins, hayrides and a place to visit farm animals. On the weekends you can sample old-fashioned ice cream.
Johnston Family Farm
Your little milk lover will be mooo-ved when learn exactly where their favorite dairy products come from during a visit to Johnston Family Farm in Newborn. Nearly 100 cows are milked on site everyday and on a visit you can see exactly how. Do cows sleep standing up? Mr. Johnston’s crew can answer that. They’ll give you an inside look at a dairy cow’s life from milking to what they eat. You can also tour the processing plant and get a demonstration on how cheese is made. Fall tours expand the experience to hay rides, making and eating your own ice cream treat and make your way through at hay maze.
Southern Belle Farm
Have a hankerin to see pigs fly? We can’t produce that but we offer up a farm where pigs race. Southern Belle Farm in McDonough has u-pick berries in the summer and fall farm festivities starting in late September. Ride behind a tractor on the cow train or see the Holstein dairy cows (that’s the black and white ones for you city slickers) graze in beautiful pastures. This historic 200-acre farm will keep your littler rancher busy. The farm also offers milking demonstrations, and meet and greets with the farm’s featured and fury friends. The farm grows cotton and in October it’s ready to pick, they welcome you to try it if you like. Pumpkins are available, test your skills through a corn maze and try a tasty treat from MiMi’s kitchen.
The Rock Ranch
We saved the largest for last…and this 1,500 acre working cattle ranch and farm is growing more than produce. The Rock Ranch in “The Rock,” Georgia, offers over 30 different activities to wear out your little farmer. Take it all in with a hayride, train or zipline tour. Want animals? They’ve got it. Giddy up on a pony ride, meet the animals at the petting zoo or just gaze at the cows as they graze. Challenge your family to a game of dodge ball, race across the lake in a paddle boat then kick back to live music. They also have a kid-sized tiny town. Strawberries, blueberries, and corn are just some of the fresh produce grown here. The Rock Ranch is owned by Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, and check out the website for special fall family programs and hours as they vary by season.
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