MIDDLEFIELD - Lyman Orchards has partnered with Bradley Mountain Farm in Southington to bring an unusual activity to town this winter — a goat stroll.
“We’re happy to bring such a unique event and provide an opportunity for the community to get outside and enjoy the farm in a safe, socially distanced way,” said Becky Critchley, events & catering director at Lyman Orchards.
At a recent event, participants strolled for about 30 minutes with the goats and then enjoyed some complimentary donuts and hot apple cider.
Bradley Mountain Farm event managers, Traci Wood and Melissa Allard, said the goat stroll is a great therapeutic activity.
“You can’t be in a bad mood when you walk the goats, they’re so cute,” said Allard. “Also, petting animals has been shown to decrease stress levels and improve your mood.”
The farm offers other activities involving goats, including Goat Cuddle Therapy, Goat Snuggles, Goat Yoga, Go-at Painting.
“Some people don’t want to go for a walk,” said Wood. “They can certainly come to our farm and have a half-an-hour snuggle session with a goat.”
Although the goat stroll is suitable for participants of all ages, many children attended the recent session.
“It’s nice to have an outdoor activity, where children can interact and feed the animals especially when the weather is nice,” said Katrina Buckley of Waterbury.
Wolcott resident Holli Ryan said she was excited to discover such an unusual event.
“I’ve never been exposed to farm life, and the goat stroll really caught my attention, it is something so unique and different,” said Ryan.
The tickets for the next upcoming goat stroll on Saturday are sold out. However, Lyman Orchards might hold this event again in the future. Check out the Bradley Mountain Farm website for updates and details.