Get ready for a day filled with family fun from cheese tasting to hayrides, demonstrations and even a petting zoo at Veldhuizen Cheese’s 4th annual free Family Farm Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in Dublin.
Chelsey Brown, daughter of the Veldhuizen Cheese owners, said the event was inspired to bring awareness to local farming.
“This is a family event, so it’s definitely geared for both children and adults,” she said. “It’s a way for kids to realize that food doesn’t just come from the store. It puts it in perspective in a fun, hands-on way.”
A variety of classes will be offered including backyard organic gardening, importance of composting, walking tour with the farmer, using essential oils, kitchen medicine and history of farming in America.
“My grandparents who have been farming their whole lives, they’re in their 80s now, are going to share some of their stories,” Brown said.
Tours of the cheese facility will be given throughout the event and a petting zoo will be set up for the kiddos.
“Grandpa will be giving hayrides periodically through the day. There will be a kids play area set up with our staff giving supervision so parents can explore other activities,” the Veldhuizen Cheese event page reads.
Folks can learn about making fresh cheeses at home, making sauerkraut and a sheep milking through different demonstrations at the event.
“The event will help people get in touch with local farmers, so we have a few local farm vendors coming out as well that grow produce and that kind of thing,” Brown said.
Two Clay Birds Farm, Veltkamp Farm, Hunter Honey, Erath Earth, Perderson’s Natural Farms, Hani Coffee and SanSaba Olive Oil & Balsamics will all be participating in the event.
“There will be lots of great raw milk artisan cheeses for you to taste, and we will have lots of the dairy produce available for sampling as well,” the event page reads.
Lunch, baked goods and snacks will also be available for purchase.
Veldhuizen Cheese is located just east of 377 between Stephenville and Dublin (turn off by St. Mary’s Catholic Church).
For more information call 968-3098 or visit www.veldhuizencheese.com.