Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tour Groups, Milk Bottling, Growing Corn and other Farm Activities

I would like to share what's been happening on our farm in recent weeks. . .

We've hosted some open days, several tour groups and a country wedding at the farm. . .
A day camp group takes a ride around the farm
A frequent visitor at our farm, Mickey, says hi to a favorite cow, Sassy
Having fun on our playground after touring the dairy

Lad gives Cow Train rides during one of our open days
My Dad, Tony, sharing info about the calves with visitors
This nice couple had their wedding at our farm!

It's been very wet, one of the wettest June's on record in the Cleveland area. Our corn is growing but could use several days of sunshine. . .
   
We're in our sixth month of bottling milk at our new on-farm Rowdy Cow Creamery. We feature different flavors each week like strawberry and orange cream. Stay tuned, we're adding four new flavors this summer. . . .
Bottling strawberry milk
Our delicious orange cream milk tastes like summer!
Garrett and Jack are busy working with their 4-H animals. . . .
Garrett with his beautiful red & white Holstein heifer, Vanessa
Garrett showed Lilly at the Fair last year and looks forward to exhibiting her again


My youngest son, Jack, stays busy around the farm . . .
Jack working with his Dad
He's a good caretaker of the farm cats
Our girls . . . .
The fan keeps these cows cool on a warm summer day
Garrett with his first 4-H animal, Lucy, after she had her first calf
One of our favorites, Hannah

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Farm and Family Happenings

Early summer is a busy time with our farm and family. Here's what's happening;
Me with friendly cow #6233
A curious cow follows Jack down the lane
Jack playing in the ground corn
Garrett with a calf he helped deliver

Lot's of groups visit our dairy in the summer months. . .
Garrett helping get the farm ready for visitors
Students from the Leadership Geauga group make friends with a calf
My dad, Tony, takes visitors on wagon ride through the freestall barn to see the cows
A young visitor at Cow Tales Adventures
Kids having fun after the dairy tour
My mom, Carolyn, pours samples of Rowdy Cow milk for visitors

We bottle and deliver milk weekly. . .
Me doing a milk tasting at Reider's Grocery store in Concord Township
We bottle white, chocolate and a third flavor weekly

Celebrating June Dairy Month. . .
We decorated the Destination Geauga window in celebration of June Dairy Month

Corn planting is done, hay is baled and we're almost finished planting Sudan grass. . .
Lad planting corn
The boys in the hay field

Events off the farm. . .
Garrett and Jack set up camp in our yard
Garrett participated in the Relay for Life with Burton Elementary
The boys skip rocks in the Chagrin River
Me, Garrett, Jack and Lad at Garrett's 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony
Summer is a wonderful time in Northeast Ohio. With long hours of daylight, we do our best to take advantage of every moment!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Local Milk for Sale and Dairy Tours at Hastings Dairy

This spring and summer we're offering special events open to the public and milk for sale produced at our new on-farm creamery. 

Buy Fresh Milk at Hastings Dairy
Open: Daily 1:00pm – 5:00pm 
Milk is bottled at the new on-farm Rowdy Cow Creamery. Non-homogenized (cream on the top) whole milk in white and flavors is low temperature vat pasteurized in small batches to maintain its natural nutrients and great flavor. This is one of only a few farmstead milk bottling operations in Ohio.

My sons, Jack and Garrett, with bottles of Rowdy Cow milk

Cow Tales Adventures (for children 5 & under w/ caregiver)
May 20 and June 3 from 10:00am-12:00pm @ $6/person (12 months & under free)
This farm adventure allows young children and caregivers to take a wagon ride around the farm, pet the calves, ride the train, play, and have fun! Arrive by 10am and plan to be at the farm until 12pm to take part in all of the activities. Milk will be available to buy.  


A young visitor taking a spin at Cow Tales
Loading up for a ride on the Chugga Chugga Moo Moo Train

Milk from Cow to Bottle Tour & Tasting 
May 16, June 14 and July 3 1:00-3:00pm @ $6/person (12 months & under free)
Interested in tasting delicious fresh milk and meeting the cows who produced it? Attend “Milk from Cow to Bottle Tour & Tasting”. This event will include milking parlor tours, wagon rides, petting the calves, the cow train for kids, viewing the creamery, and milk tasting. This is an open house, so visitors can come and go during the event. Milk will be available to buy.  


A highlight of the tour is interacting with the calves
The wagon ride takes visitors through the barn to see the cows
Parking is free. Activities are outdoors and indoors. No reservations are necessary. Remember, you're visiting a farm so dress for the occasion. Milk will be for sale during all tours and events, so bring your cooler. The farm is located at 13181 Claridon Troy Road, Burton, OH 44021.

If you have a group of 16 or more, book a private tour of the farm. Group tours are perfect for schools, day camps, scouts, 4-H clubs, play groups, senior groups or any group! Looking for a unique party experience? Check out our party packages which provide private use of our facility.
The playground is lots of fun!
 My family is excited to offer dairy tours and farm fresh local milk! For information about Rowdy Cow Creamery, the Cow Tales and Milk Tasting events, private tours or party packages, go to http://hastingsdairy.com/ or contact me at hastings97@gmail.com.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Selecting 4-H Animals for the County Fair

Each spring, we select 4-H animals the boys, and others from the Geauga Dairymen 4-H club, will exhibit at the Geauga County Fair. It's always a fun process for our family.

Garrett, Jack, and Lad look at the heifers (and the heifers look at them!)
Jack finds one he especially likes!
The Hastings men
Garrett checks in on his first 4-H animal, Lucy, who is due to calve in June
Jack with the March calf he picked
The boys will work with these animals all summer, teaching them to walk with a halter, grooming them and providing the care they need to grow and thrive. In early September, they will take them to the Fair to show with other 4-H members in our county. It's a lot of work and fun, overall a great learning experience.
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