JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. - The Horning family loves their cows. They have nearly sixty of them...all which need to be milked at 4 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. It's a lot of hard work. Work they feel people are losing sight of in this modern age.
"A couple generations ago almost everybody had a relative that was a farmer and nowadays, anymore, you have to go back a little ways till' you find a relative that has a farm," said Stanley Horning, owner of the farm.
That is why the family decided to make their farm a stop on the Open Farm Sunday tour.
Locals came to learn about the milk production process, eat food with cheese made
from that milk and meet the farm's main attraction...those adorable cows.
"It's really enjoyable like just because when they're so excited to see cows and help milk," said Derek Horning, Steve Horning's son.
But the daily chores like milking the cows isn't the only thing this farm does. They also offer people a place to stay at a cottage adjacent to the main house. They say it's a great opportunity for people to come, check out the farm and get some much needed peace and quiet.
"You're out in the country. It's quiet, peaceful. And we have the opportunity to come in the barn, help feed the calves, help with milking the cows, pushing the feed out," said Stanley.
The family says you'd be surprised by how little nature some of their visitors have experienced.
"We've had a few people who've never seen a sunset before and it's like, wow, that's pretty sad," added Derek.
The family is happy so many came to check out their farm, and hope the tradition continues.
Fifty-one farms across the Northeast participated in the third annual Open Farm Sunday tour.