The Old Windmill Dairy Farm

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Megan H
Albuquerque, NM71 contributions
Annual Easter Festival a fun family event.
Apr 2017 • Family
We attended the fifth annual Easter Festival at the Old Windmill Dairy Farm in Estancia, New Mexico. At the Easter Festival, they offered an egg hunt, a craft (sock dolls), a tractor ride and snacks (macaroni and cheese, posole, salad, raw vegetables, pie, brownies, tea, lemonade, water and, of course, cheese samples). I am giving this event five stars, largely because Ed and Michael Lobaugh are a delight. I would love to see their business thrive. Before making the drive out to the farm, you need to know several things:

1. This is a working farm. There is rusting farm equipment, discarded tools, scrap metal and other discarded implements around. It has not been "sanitized" for your enjoyment. Expect to use a port-a-potty and wash your hands at an outdoor watering station.

2. There are a ton of goats there. The goats were all very friendly, but they are still goats. The nibble on clothing and try to grab Easter baskets. They are, at times, curious and pushy.

3. Ed and Michael Lobaugh were working hard to manage the Easter crowds, but it was a struggle. During the Easter rush, they sometimes didn't have enough seats, shade and treats to go around.

4. It takes an hour to get there from Albuquerque.

If you're not discouraged reading the above, you should go! The cheeses are delicious. Ed and Michael Lobaugh will extend their country charm and try to do everything they can to make sure you have a terrific time.
Written April 16, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelerbycar
Albuquerque, NM158 contributions
Family Friendly Farm
Mar 2012 • Friends
I went to Michael and Ed's farm to look at the baby Nubian goats. I know about their goats because I have eaten their incredible goat cheese but more so because I know about the care their goats get. But to witness and partake in actually feeding these babies, hearing them 'baaaahhh' as they were running towards me warmed my heart! Yes, goats chew on everything including my shirt and pant legs...but no damage was done.

The cheese-making facility is spotless! The males are separated from the females so forget about that 'goaty smell', unless you're really into it. The different flavors of this cheese is like Baskin-Robbins...but it's not ice cream.

The drive there is not far from Albuquerque...and it's out there in the vast high desert of New Mexico. I thought it would be a restful experience but the nap I took when I got home was badly needed. I know how much work those guys do to keep providing us with this great cheese.

They also have day trips for the rest of you folks...Call ahead and bring young people so they can see what happens first-hand and tell their friends. It's something they will remember for a long time. I will too!
Written July 9, 2012
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