This was our third visit to The Jersey Barnyard, and it was still a little bit of a magical experience!
Yes, the drive is long. And it can get a little dirty. But where else can you enjoy all these cute farm animals, eat some Blue Bell ice cream, shop, and bottle-feed a calf and/or milk a cow?! (And honestly, wouldn’t you expect to have to watch your step on a farm?) 😉
To start from the beginning, The Jersey Barnyard is located in LaGrange. The farm is a 100-year old, 4-generation piece of heaven in the beautiful Texas hill country… home to the Frerich family, approximately 100 milking cows, and lots of the other usual suspects.
I discovered the farm on instagram a few years back. Loved following the family’s story and knowing that their cows were being used for Blue Bell marketing. Knew that it would be a wonderful photography opportunity for the boys. And knew that we would all enjoy it.
Now it’s a tradition!
This time around… Ben spent at least an hour photographing the chickens and guineas. Evan made friends with the bunnies. I got attacked by the over-enthusiastic ducks (they apparently love to have their picture taken!). We fed the goats. I enjoyed the donkey (SO friendly and incredibly soft). We spread a blanket by the sheep that I picnic’d with when he was a baby just two years ago. We gobbled with the turkeys. I bottle-fed one of the jersey calves. We browsed the gift shop (came home with cute flamingo socks for me and barnyard erasers for Evan). And we enjoyed Blue Bell ice cream under the shade trees.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. And between the animals, ice cream, and a Buc-ee’s stop… we had a wonderful time.
If you’d like to learn more about the farm, or are ready for a visit:
Be prepared to pay an entrance fee or for the guided tour (where you’ll get to feed just about every animal, learn about each one, take the hay ride back to the barns and dairy, and get to milk a cow!).
3117 State Hwy 159 LaGrange, TX 78945
Tell them I sent ya! And have fun when you TRAVEL TEXAS!!!