Calder is a family owned dairy farm in Carleton, Michigan, with a store in Flat Rock and Lincoln Park, as well.
The farm was established in 1946, I’ve been going since I was a child and now I take my children.
Calder Dairy farm is open 7 days a week, all year. For obvious reasons, Spring and Summer are the busiest seasons.
You can visit the cows and horses. Feed the goat, sheep, and ducks.
They have covered a pavillion, for lunch time picnics as well as a Calder truck & train for kids to play on.
The cows are milked everyday at 4pm. They recently renovated the space, and added cute informational posters. You can schedule a group visit/ guided tour, which is amazing for school field trips.
You could really spend an entire day here.
I love visiting with the cows They are adorable and soft. My kids love having the ducks & geese following them around for food, honestly their are probably the nicest geese around.
Oh, and the fresh dairy ice cream. It’s amazing. Their milk, it’s so thick and fresh tasting making for the best cheese, cream, and ice cream shakes. 😉
I’m not going to lie and tell you it’s inexpensive. It’s not, not really. But compared to most places… itsi not terrible.
It’s free to visit the farm, but you purchase the feed, 2.50 for maybe half a lunch bag full. A small bowl of ice cream is about $5 as is a small shake. Let me put it this way.. I bought two shakes, two small bowls of ice cream, two bags of feed, and a 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk… all for $40.
No, you don’t have to buy anything. But I can’t resist. It’s some of the best dairy I’ve ever had.
I high suggest you visit Calder Dairy Farm on your next visit to Michigan.