Going on Faith

JUN-JUL 2016

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going on faith [ june | july 2016 ] 34 Courtesy Jordan Tourism Board H I N C H L E Y D A I R Y F A R M T O U R S CAMBRIDGE, WISCONSIN Hinchley Dairy Farm Tours began at the Hinchley Farm, located about an hour west of Milwaukee and half an hour east of Madison, Wisconsin. The idea of offering tours began when Tina Hinchley brought her children's school group to the family property so they could see what a working dairy farm is like and realized the need to provide accurate and realistic informa- tion about farming. Almost two decades later, thousands of international visitors come to experience a dairy farm and learn about how the milk gets from the cow to their refrigerator. Hinchley described visits to her farm as "a good opportunity to meet a farmer and ask questions." She starts tours by showing groups around the family farm and teaching them about the dairy and crops that are produced as well as providing other farm facts. After the hayride, visitors are taken through the different areas of the farm, including the nursery and the milking barn, where they may even try their hand at milking cows. W W W . D A I R Y F A R M T O U R S . C O M B L A K E F A R M S ARMADA, MICHIGAN Blake Farms is a family-owned Michigan farm and orchard located about an hour north of Detroit. David Blake is the third generation of the family to operate the apple farm since it began in 1946 as one of Michigan's only pick-your-own apple orchards. Visitors can enjoy a hayride through the orchard, where they can pick their own apples. Groups can also tour the cider mill, where the family presses cider seven days a week from the start of the apple harvest. After seeing the journey the apples make from the trees to the press, groups will appreciate trying any one of about 20 different cider products made by Blake Farms. Many are familiar with cherries and apples from the Great Lakes state, since Michigan is the second-largest producer of apples in the nation, but they may not know that lavender is another big portion of Michigan's agri- cultural industry. One of the big events at Blake Farms each year is the lavender festival, where guests can sample foods made with lavender — such as lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream — and see a variety of artisan products made from the flowering herb. Blake Farms hosts many other events throughout the year, including haunted attractions at Halloween. In winter, it's a popular spot for cut-your- own Christmas trees, and groups can enjoy warm cider and doughnuts. W W W . B L A K E F A R M S . C O M Courtesy Hinchley Dairy Farm Courtesy Grover Museum Courtesy Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden Courtesy Hinchley Dairy Farm Up-close with a chicken at Hinchley Dairy Farm in Wisconsin Hinchley's prize-winning cows A model farm and train at Indiana's Grover Museum

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