Location: New Gloucester, Maine
Parking: Plenty of Parking
Dogs: Not Permitted
Family Friendly: Yes
It's Holiday Break from School. Christmas has passed, along with all of my ideas to keep my little one busy. What do you do when you need some entertainment for a 4 year old but also really want some delicious cheese and to see some cute animals? Head on over to Pineland Farms.
The first thing you'll notice as you enter Pineland Farms is the pure magnitude of it. Their land is massive and houses many different companies and operations. As you drive past the adorable market where you know the best goodies are kept, head on up the hill until you reach the barns.
Once we arrived, we popped in to check in at The Smokehouse (their welcome center - you can make a 2 hour reservation online to have access to wander the farm on a self guided tour.) We were given a map (and an adorable kid's map as well) to help us chart our course.
We started at the various dairy and cow barns. We visited with the little calfs and eventually made our way over to the dairy barn - pretty fascinating stuff and woah those guys are huge! We ventured up to the poultry barn (where I made friends with one extra noisy chicken) and the goat/pig barn. Our little one got to feed the pigs and I contemplated whether or not I could have a pig as a pet.
After visiting with all of the farm friends, we drove back down to the market to grab lunch. Once we entered and I saw just how much deliciousness was surrounding me, I proceeded to buy MANY (many many many) things that I do not need. Except for this ridiculously delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter spread that was 100% necessary.
You can make your own sandwich (with their homemade cheese, of course) and stock up on groceries (or things you don't really need like I decided on.) We ordered some sandwiches and snacks and hopped back into the car for the new normal during COVID times: car lunch.
You can make an entire day out of your visit here. There is plenty of room for the littles to run, education to be had and plenty of unnecessary (necessary) treats for adults to purchase.
Hey! I'm Chelsea.