In case you haven’t heard, goats are all the rage these days and two local goat farms are welcoming herds of people in for a variety of experiences with these bahhhtastic animals.
So whether you’re looking for a family day or a super unique #SundayFunday, both of these family farms are worth visiting.
Specializing in Grade A milk, cheese, and soaps, Burden Creek Dairy is run by Chris Maher, the cheese maker, and Danny Sillivant, the herdsman. The two took over in the spring of 2017 after leaving their previous positions as a former cook at the Charleston Grill and a former real estate agent, respectively.
Maher and Sillivant look after thirty goats including Coco, Trixie, Edna, Grandma, Pebbles, and Shirley. When visiting the farm, you’ll have the chance to bottle-feed baby goats, do yoga with the goats in the early winter, milk the goats, watch cheese being made, and give a pig a belly rub.
After watching the cheese being made, you can try the three delicious kinds of cheese made at the farm which include John’s Island Green Cheese, a garlic and herbed goat cheese, Pimento goat cheese, and Sweet Sunset, a mango-flavored goat cheese.
Don’t worry, even after you leave the farm you can still find their tasty cheeses and milk at local restaurants. Avondale Wine and Cheese Bar, Husk, and Charleston Grill are just a few of the places carrying Burden Creek Dairy products.
Jeremiah Farm has a small herd of dairy goats, a flock of hens, and large vegetable and herb gardens where you’re able to take place in tours, classes, workshops, and even buy a goat if you want.
There are three different tour options including a walking tour through the gardens and livestock area, a hands-on tour teaching you how to milk a goat, and a second hands-on tour allowing you to milk a goat and make your very own cheese.
Depending on which class you choose, you can leave the farm knowing how to make cheese, yogurt, and kombucha. If you opt to take a workshop instead, you can learn about the soap making process or how to take care of your own herd of goats. The farm also offers a “Farm to You” workshop in which Farmer Casey will bring the farm to you.
What are you waiting for? Herd your group together and head to the farm.