Meet the Animals in the Petting Farm!

The magical petting farm at Lewis’ Farm Market was the vision of Cindy Lewis — animal lover extraordinaire!  One older orchard area transitioned from trees to barnyards and is now home to a fantastic collection of unusual animals and birds!  It’s squeaky clean and lots of fun for “kids” of all ages!

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Sometimes it’s difficult to tell who is enjoying the Petting Farm more … the farm guests or our animals!

Jeffrey is a Star Attraction!

He’s a dromedary (or Arabian) camel that we’ve raised from a baby.  Dromedary camels have only one hump, very bushy eyebrows, and two rows of really long eyelashes to protect their eyes from sandstorms in their native habitat.  Camel hair is a highly regarded source material for woven goods (as in, camel hair coats) and their dung may be used as fertilizer and fuel.
••••Do you know the sound a camel makes?  Come visit Jeffrey and find out!

anim_zebuWe have Zebus?!

No, we did not misspell ‘zebra’ — we really meant zebu! They are a type of cattle originating in India, distinguished by a hump on their shoulders and dropping ears.  Our zebus are a blend of gray and brown.  They have sweet personalities and love to have their soft noses petted.  You can purchase bags of food to share with the zebus.  Just look at that pretty face!
••••Do you know what zebus eat?  Come visit and we’ll show you!

Llamas and Alpacas — which is which?

anim_llamaAlpacaOriginally bred as pack animals, llamas (on the left) are very social and live in herds.  Their fur is collected for spinning and weaving — it’s so soft!  Alpacas resemble llamas, but are somewhat smaller.  They are not used as beasts of burden, but bred especially for fiber.  Alpaca makes great blankets, sweaters and more!
••••Can you tell the difference between them?  We know how!

anim_deerMeet our Fallow Deer!

Our small herd includes bucks and does of this species which is native to western Eurasia.  They are smaller than most deer in the United States, and their antlers have a very unique shape.  Their pretty coats are spotted all year long.
••••Do you know how they got their name?  We’ll tell you!

 And there are more …

We have a lively herd of goats entertaining farm visitors at the Goat Walk and also on a barn balcony.  They are a great favorite of farm visitors.  See also, miniature horses and donkeys, pheasants, peacocks, ducks, parakeets, emus, wallabies, prairie dogs … and kitty cats!