Visit These 5 Dairy Farms Near Atlanta
Most kids in metro Atlanta don’t know how a glass of milk arrives at the breakfast table. Families can take a fun and educational tour at several working farms near Atlanta, and visit Mayfield Dairy to see how milk is processed.
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Families are allowed to drive on the de Jong family farm’s property at any time of the day and learn about organic dairy farming. The family invites visitors to watch the daily 5 p.m. milking and to see the barns, fields and calves. Make sure to grab samples from the fridge of organic milk, chocolate milk and cream (on the honor system). Slocomb, Ala.
Marview Farms does not have cows that can be milked, but families can see baby goats and lambs being bottle-fed. Families also can see other working parts of the farm, which include cattle, goats, sheep, chickens and more on 900 acres. Call ahead for a tour. The family asks visitors who receive a tour to purchase one of the farm’s products. Arabi, Ga.
Learn about goats and cheese-making in a 90-minute visit to this goat dairy farm, plus take a tour of the woods, pasture and barn. The farm hosts school classes, Scouts and other groups, for $7 per person. Families who wish to visit can call ahead to see if a time is available. Conley, Ga.
Meet dairy cows and see how milk gets processed, then taste a sample of milk and ice cream. Tours are $7 per person (ages 2 and younger free), at 9 and 11 a.m. Mon.-Sat; make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. Clermont, Ga.
See how Mayfield products are made, from the dairy to your fridge, then sit in rocking chairs on the porch and enjoy a scoop of ice cream. You’ll see how milk is processed and learn fun facts, such as: Cows can produce 10 gallons of milk a day, or 160 glasses. Tours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Mon., Tue., Thurs. and Fri., and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Admission is $4.50 ages 13 and older, $3.50 ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and younger; admission includes a scoop of ice cream.
– Amanda Miller Allen