A Permanent Dairy Goddess

by Holly on October 10, 2010

in dinner,Wisconsin

If you thought my my last farm tour was the end of my dairy goddess days, you’re wrong.

Dead wrong.

I like to think I’ve transformed beautifully from a sushi-loving, Carrie Bradshaw-wannabe city gal into a down-home farm girl who can milk the cows until they’ve given me those eight to 10 gallons I now know those heifers are capable of producing on a daily basis.

In reality, my dear friend Danielle is visiting me on her cross-country road trip, and homegirl needed to see why Wisconsin is deemed America’s Dairyland first-hand…

I called up my old friends at Hinchley’s Dairy Farm and off to the country us city gals drove!

And yes, I may have plugged my nose slash held my breath for much of the tour.

It was either that or gag all afternoon.

Upon our arrival, Tina (a.k.a. Queen of Hinchley Dairy Manor) had readied our young buck of a tractor driver, also known as Scott, to personally drive us out to the corn maze, but that was not before we forced said young buck to take a group picture with each of our cameras: Darcey’s, Kristie’s, Danielle’s and mine.

Danielle (who loves traveling, food & The Office as much as I do) and I…

Love that girl.

Anyways, we began our journey through the dense forest of corn husks, tassles and leaves.

It didn’t take us long to start getting creative.

And by creative, I mean take more than 50 action shots of us running through rows upon rows of harvested corn in hopes of catching that elusive mid-air pose.

Corn husk in hand, naturally.

We meandered through the maze and soaked up the sunny, 80 degree weather which Wisconsin has weirdly been blessed with these past couple days.

Navigating twists, turns, turnpikes, corners and windy paths, we exited and found ourselves right in the middle of the most darling pumpkin patch.

Even better? One free pumpkin with admission in October.

Danielle was looking for her elusive white pumpkin.

She found it!

Although, she almost missed her tractor ride back to the farm because of it.

It was a good she didn’t, because off to the barn of hormonal heifers we went…

In this outdoor barn, all the cows who are “in heat” (a.k.a. menstruating a.k.a. ready to get knocked up and have a baby a.k.a. future milking cows) hang out, eat food and generally just enjoy the good life.

Like humans, females must first give birth to a calf before they start producing milk.

It takes about 2 1/2 years of feeding, raising and taking care of a female cow before she is ready to get pregnant. They require 100 pounds of food, 40 – 50 gallons of water and lots of love everyday for this to happen. That means after feeding them 912,500 pounds of food, providing them with at least 36,500 gallons of water and getting up at the crack of dawn for 912 1/2 days, they are finally ready to make milk (and money) for the farmer.

That, my friends, is a dairy farming reality.

Also a dairy farm reality: my FIRST Glo Bar!

It was delish.

The cutest lil’ dairy farm tour mates ever…

No worries Tina, I WILL come again…

…and have a dairy good day.

Promise.

How could I not when I get to go to dinner at The Weary Traveler after?

It’s one of my most favorite restaurants in Madison.

They’re so cool and hip, they even have locally-brewed kombucha on the menu.

This was of the passionfruit variety.

Dominated.

I am pretty sure Danielle and Kristie dominated their plates as well.

And what’s dinner without dessert?

In case you think your eyes are deceiving you, that is indeed pumpkin ice cream with ginger snap cookie dough.

Locally-made.

In Wisconsin.

If you want to come visit me solely for this ice cream, I won’t be offended.

And since I’m now a permanent dairy goddess, I’ll even throw in a free farm tour.

{ 28 comments }

crunchy granola gal October 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm

oh my, what fun! glad to hear that you and danielle had a fun day! isn’t she lovely? :)

i had pumpkin ice cream the other day and thought my life would never be the same. but add ginger snap cookie dough to the mix, and i think ch-ch-changes are a-coming.

PS that first picture is a crack up!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Ok, I’ll be coming up to visit just for ice cream… how far of a drive is it from the NW suburbs of chicago? 2 hours?? I’m there :)

Amanda October 10, 2010 at 10:10 pm

A free pumpkin with admission? BEST FREEBIE EVER.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Oh what an awesome meetup!!!!!

I am proud to be from MN and shout the virtues of my homeland..Especially when I see the mix of old school dairy farms meets new school cool restaurants that serve passionfruit kombucha! NICE

And who said the midwest had nothing good going on…ha! Clearly you have the best of old + new and I love that!

Have a great evening. And if we lived closer, I’d give you a kombucha mother mushroom so you can brew your own..it’s so easy! :)

claire October 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I’m a no-dairy girl but I’d be all about visiting the farm…even though I am a city girl too! Oh, and love danielle…think shes stopping by MI soonnnnnnnn.

janetha October 10, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Oh I wish I was with you! How awesome. Love all the gorgeous fall photos. And love YOU!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans October 10, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Hells bells! I guess I better make another Wisconsin trip soon…

Katie October 10, 2010 at 11:34 pm

THe Chocolate Shoppe!!! I used to eat ice cream there at least once a week when I was in school. And, only in WI can you get a walleye sandwich.

I wish I were there, it looks like you guys had a blast!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 10, 2010 at 11:39 pm

What a fun day! That ice cream looks DELICIOUS

Maya October 11, 2010 at 6:08 am

Ahhh! I love your new layout. I also love this post. I also really really need to come to Wisconsin. Apparently, judging by your ice cream, it’s where it’s at.

Erica October 11, 2010 at 6:09 am

I want to go on a farm tour with you! That looks like so much fun. I had no idea cows required so much work before they start produce milk. Thats craziness. Pumpkin ice cream with ginger snap cookie dough….oh my gosh that sounds AMAZING.

Lauren October 11, 2010 at 6:51 am

Awww, what a fantastic fall afternoon. OMG!!!! That ice cream though. I would gladly hop on a plane to come see you just for that ice cream! :)

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 11, 2010 at 7:16 am

That is my. kind. of. day. :mrgreen: Love it! And I love that you guys finished it off with pumpkin icecream. Total deliciousness. :D

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather October 11, 2010 at 7:52 am

Awww all the little animals are so cute!

Susan October 11, 2010 at 9:16 am

Haha I love the cornfield pictures! It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy the farms.

I’m glad you’re sticking with this layout. It’s fabbbb.

Jessica October 11, 2010 at 9:59 am

I guess I know what I’m doing this week…heading to Chocolate Shoppe for some of that ice cream!

Katie October 11, 2010 at 10:29 am

Two of my favorite ladies, together with the cows! Life makes sense again.

Also, have I mentioned I love your new look? LOVES.

Megan (Braise the Roof) October 11, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I would come visit you for that ice cream. Shall we put it on the books?

emily (a nutritionist eats) October 11, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Love it Holly!! I will always love WI.
And I love the new look of the blog! :)

Kailey (SnackFace) October 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Isn’t Danielle SO SWEET?!?! I love that girl.

When I come visit, we’re hugging cows. JUST SAYING.

Jenna October 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Love the new blog look, lady!

Not anything against you or anything, but I *probably* would love that pumpkin ice cream even more. Just being honest. :)

rebecca lustig October 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm

nothing like a mini getaway to a farm!! helps put a different perspective on things!

K October 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Besides the Spanish BF – another vote for Spain is the Gelato on every corner! I can’t promise you pumpkin. But what about Nutella and Coconut? :)

BroccoliHut October 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

I’m pretty sure that ice cream could cure all ills. Seriously–ULTIMATE COMBO.

Kacy October 12, 2010 at 9:43 am

I love corn mazes! They are so romantic to me for some reason. Yeah, that’s wierd.

Nichole October 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I love visiting dairy farms in good old Wisconsin! Can’t wait to check out some pumpkin farms.

Sami October 12, 2010 at 1:26 pm

That’s such an awesome idea for a meetup!! :)

and that pumpkin ginger snap ice cream is making me jealous.

Rachael October 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I really want to hang out with you on a farm. Cows would just be an added bonus – I could collect their poop, haul it back to Carolina and heat my house for a change :)

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