Sheep, goats, Santa, and more on Dec. 18

Two great kid-friendly open-farm events are happening this Saturday in the Triangle, and if you plan your day right, you can hit them both.

A scenic pasture at Captain John S. Pope Farm

 Captain John S. Pope Farm in Cedar Grove, which specializes in pasture-raised dorper sheep, is holding a “Country Christmas Lunch with Santa” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Santa arriving “in a very special manner” at noon. Lamb dogs and lamb burgers will be for sale. Free farm tours, face paintings, and guided tours of the restored 1870 farmhouse will be available, too. at no cost. The farm is located at 6909 Efland-Cedar Grove Rd. in Cedar Grove.

Goats come in from the pasture at Prodigal Farm

From 1:30 to 5:30, you can visit the holiday open house at Prodigal Farm, which specializes in farmstead goat cheese. On the menu will be cheese tastings, farm and dairy tours, storytelling and ornament making for children, a bonfire and hot apple cider. You’ll also get the chance to watch goats being hand milked. And don’t tell the goats, but apparently they’ll be wearing Santa hats. I’m sure they can’t wait (says the woman who dresses up her wiener dogs at Halloween and Christmas.) Prodigal is at 4720 Bahama Road in Rougemont. Starting at 10 a.m. that day is the nearby and famed Bahama Ruritan Christmas Parade!

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