Monday, June 22, 2009

Down on the Farm

This weekend we discovered a wonderful rural oasis right in the middle of suburbia. The Traders Point Creamery is a farm located on the northwest side of Indianapolis. They boast all-organic dairy and their products are sold in stores all over the country.

The farm offers a walking tour for $2 a person. You can't beat an hour's worth of entertainment for $6 (Mallory, like all kids under 3, received free admission). The site has some beautiful old buildings, wonderful pastures and beautiful old-growth trees. The tour is self-guided, so we headed out to pasture (so to speak) on our own. At 10am, we were the only ones there and it was very peaceful. The only noise was the roosters crowing and the occasional question about what was so stinky. I, however, did not mind the smell. Manure, it seems, doesn't smell so bad when in context. When passing a semi trailer full of pigs on the highway; not good. On the farm; not bad. Not great, but not bad.

Mason and Mallory enjoyed seeing the calves. Both would reach their hands out and pull them back immediately as the calves would approach.

After visiting with the calves in the barn, we set out on the walking trail to see the cows in the pasture. Everything was so green. Traders Point Creamery boasts no pesticides so flys were abundant. The cows didn't seem to mind, so we played along.

It was a wonderful way to spend Father's Day morning.

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