We recently enjoyed some time at Bradley Mountain Farm in Southington Ct. Bradley Mountain Farm is a goat farm with some of the most friendliest animals you will ever meet. The farm is a 200 year old property that once was a dairy farm. The farmhouse and barn is tucked away in the beautiful countryside of Connecticut. This lovely property borders Crescent Lake Park, a 233 acre park featuring hiking trails, a large lake and scenic vistas.
Arriving at the farm after an easy 1 hour trek from Northern Westchester we were greeted by Annalise Deadras who is the owner. Her herd of dairy goats provide milk which is then produced into high quality goat milk soap. The high fat content of the goat milk is perfect for making a smooth creamy soap. Soaps are available at the farm or on line and come in a number of fragrances . They feature such names as “Fairy Garden”, “Hippy Hemp”, “Sweet Angel” and ” Water Lily”. They look and smell as pretty as they sound.
We learned the farm is not just about the production of goat milk soap, as several fun and interesting programs are featured at the farm. There are the Goat Hike and Nature Tour where you can hike with some of the herd along the shore of Crescent Lake which borders the farm.
Goat Cuddle Therapy is also offered . A “Goat Cuddle Instructor” will lead you through a relaxing session while the goats are eating and playing. The goats may even snuggle up to you, or climb in your lap. It sounds like a relaxing way to unplug from a stressful world and reconnect to the natural world with these gentle, friendly animals.
Goats with Pajamas is another fun event for families. You can help put the herd to bed, cuddle with your favorite goat. Guests are able to brush the goats, feed them, and put pajamas, tutus, and other costumes on the goats. The session ends with a cuddle session with the goats.
Goat Yoga is a different and fun take on this popular activity. As you move through a guided one hour yoga session, the goats move about you creating a peaceful and natural mood. What a unique and fun way to spend some time as you connect with yourself and nature.
If you are in the area of the farm, do spend some time checking out the area which is quite picturesque. The village of Southington is a classic quaint New England village just minutes from the farm. There is a canal trail, restaurants and a brewery with tap room all there to explore.
Please check the farm website for hours and for event times.
Bradley Mountain Farm
537 Shuttle Meadow Road, Southington, CT tel. 860.385.GOAT
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