Take a magical step back in time to experience agriculture with an engaging and educational day at The Farm! Located in Sturgeon Bay in Door County, the living museum invites visitors to bottle feed baby goats, watch chicks hatch, snuggle rambunctious kittens, and explore various exhibits and beautiful nature trails! It’s a Door County family favorite in the Summer or the Fall (or both)!
A Peek into the Past
Carl and Ruth Scholz, along with six friends, started The Farm in 1965 after purchasing forty acres of land. Though families have enjoyed the attraction ever since its rich roots and iconic location go back even further into history.
In 1862, a Swiss immigrant named Joseph Zettel planted fruit trees on the very land where the farm still stands. The trees were a part of the first commercial orchard in Wisconsin and quickly became a central element to the local economy in Door County.
After the Scholz’s acquired the farmland, they worked to preserve its rich heritage. Authentic log buildings were moved on-site from five area locations, and the stable and barn were built in the 1960s. In 2002, Elmer and Shirley Tanck purchased the business, and today, it continues to thrive, filled with lush flower and herb gardens, field crops, and adorable barnyard animals.
A Fun-Filled Experience
Visitors of all ages will enjoy a trip to The Farm, which offers a unique lesson in history, agriculture, ecology, and farm life through its many sections, displays, and offerings.
Upon arriving, guests enter the main building for admission and receive a ticket for a milk bottle. The adjacent doorway leads to a giant windmill and spacious, open-concept courtyard filled with friendly goats who are eager for attention and a snack!
Multiple barns, including the Milkhouse – an area to purchase feed bags and to pick up the bottle, are conveniently located along the side. Feeding baby goats, who are appropriately called ‘kids’, is an entertaining opportunity that will bring many smiles and endless giggles.
A vintage, red tractor is parked nearby, waiting for little ones to hop aboard for a silly photo! Families can then freely venture through each barn, feeding and petting different animals like chickens, pigs, and cows. Sweet little kittens can be spotted running through the grass and are always up for a gentle cuddle.
Children can also learn how to milk a goat! A milking stand is located outside the goat barn, and the staff looks forward to teaching young visitors the process.
A dairy goat can produce between 6 to 12 pounds of nutritious milk per day, with each serving typically containing around 10g of fat, 9g of protein, and 168 calories. Apart from food products, their milk is often used for lotions and soaps.
Beyond the initial farmyard is a relaxing pond surrounded by trails, a stable, rabbit hutches, pastures, and animal pens.
Several buildings, like the granary, woodshed, and nature cabin, are filled with collections of farming tools, photographs, and informative setups.
Thanks to the observation and warming incubator where chicks hatch daily, families can also witness the miracle of life.
After your visit, take a look around the farm gift shop, located in the big red barn! It is filled with many affordable treasures like plush animals, children’s books, apparel, rugs, and handmade goods.
Cold drinks, snacks, and ice cream are also available to please hungry bellies before driving home.
Visiting The Farm
The Farm is open daily from Memorial weekend until mid-October. It is easy to navigate, stroller-friendly, and accessible for those with disabilities or limited mobility. Parking is free, and bathroom facilities are available to the public.
- Adults (13 and over): $9.50
- Children (3-12): $6.00
- Children 2 and under: FREE
- Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day: Open daily 9 am – 5 pm
- After Labor Day until the close of season: Open daily 10 am-4 pm
- Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen as a majority of the experience is outside.
- Hand sanitizer is available on-site, but be sure to wash your hands well after animal contact.
- Bring your camera! There are lots of photo-worthy spots.
- Save the grounds map to your phone before your visit for easy access.
- Consider bringing cash or loose change. While cards are accepted, animal feed and a bottle are only 25¢ each!