During a winter goat hike at Ten Apple Farm, the goats lead the way much of time. It’s no wonder – they certainly know that 1.5-mile loop well. It’s a route they walk all year, especially in the winter, when that jaunt is their outdoor exercise for the day before heading back into the barn where it’s cozier.
Of course, sometimes the goats linger to snack on a tree or to jump and play with each other. Who can blame them?
The goat hikes have been happening at Ten Apple Farm for years. Farm owners Karl Schatz and Margaret Hathaway first opened the hikes to neighbors who might want to join the ruminating crew on their daily ramble through the woods. Then folks started coming from farther afield.
The hikes happen a few times a month throughout the year (see tenapplefarm.com for the most up-to-date schedule) and the trek is a fairy easy-going 1.5-mile loop in the woods behind the farm. The hike is family and beginner-friendly (although kids 4 and under must be carried) with a couple of steeper spots, but mostly a wide and well-worn trail.
Along the way, Karl and Margaret will talk about goats and you’ll learn a few things about raising and caring for them.
After the hike, you can try our hand at milking a goat and try some fresh goat milk and cookies, too.
Cost us $10 for adults, $5 for kids. Snowshoes or crampons are a wise idea in the winter, depending on the conditions (bring your own) and kids 4 and under must be carried.
There are upcoming hikes on Sunday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. These hikes tend to full up, so be sure to book your spot. (To sign up, send Karl and Margaret an email to info[at]tenapplefarm.com with your name, # in your party, and a contact phone number – cell preferred.)