If you haven’t noticed, goats are kind of a thing these days. You can be the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time). You can go to yoga class with goats, hike with goats or perhaps the most popular option, snuggle with baby goats (kids). Our own children find it hard to resist the bright eyes, gangly legs and soft fur of these adorable babies. They’d likely take a goat kid home for themselves, if we would allow for another pet. Fortunately for us, there are several visiting farms that offer spring goat snuggling sessions. Following are a few favorites:
Sunflower Farm Creamery, Cumberland
This small family farm has made a big splash on the goat scene due to a YouTube video of their goat kids running to breakfast. Each spring, the farm invites visitors for a series of goat snuggling sessions. You’ll want to bring your camera because the smiles on the faces of your kids—and the goat kids—are pretty darn precious.
Fuzzy Udder Creamery, Whitefield
This April event, which happens in conjunction with Copper Tail Farm and Appleton Creamery (see below), allows families the opportunity to visit with goat kids and lambs. While you’re there, you can explore the grounds of the scenic farm. Fuzzy Udder Creamery also offers samples of foods made with their milks, including creamy hot cocoa and decadent truffles.
Copper Tail Farm, Waldoboro
This sweet goat farm, which is part of the Midcoast Cheese Trail, also hosts a popular Kid Hugging Day in April. Visit for goat snuggles and stay to shop locally made gifts and foods.
Appleton Creamery, Appleton
Located about 40 minutes north of Copper Tail Farm, Appleton Creamery joins the fun with another great Kid Hugging event. You can sample their latest goat cheese, grab lunch from the YumBus, which specializes in tacos and crepes made from locally sourced ingredients, or treat the family to homemade ice cream from Stone Fox Creamery.
Enjoy your goat snuggles, everyone!
PS: What it’s like to take a family goat hike.