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We’ve always loved inviting people to check out our farm and experience what farming looks like in the 21st century. Join us and leave with greater knowledge about (and appreciation for!) agriculture – and experiences you won’t forget!

Farm Tour with Cows

Experience the Farm

Farm Tours at Berning Acres : A family-owned dairy farm located in Menominee, IL. Offering farm tours and farm experiences.
Berning Acres Day at the Farm
Berning Acres Night Out at the Farm
Farm Camp at Berning Acres : A family-owned dairy farm located in Menominee, IL. Offering farm tours and farm experiences.
Farm Tours at Berning Acres : A family-owned dairy farm located in Menominee, IL. Offering farm tours and farm experiences.
*May - October 2024 
Monday-Saturdays: 11 – 12:30p.m. (during FARM CAMP, tours are 1:00-2:30)
*Tailored private tours available upon request.  Contact Natalie at 563.543.8936, we strive to accommodate groups of all sizes! During the off season, we try our best to accommodate as well.

Get a unique behind-the scenes experience of real life on a 21st century dairy farm lead by a farmer! We love to welcome people to our farm, and cannot wait to share the wonderful hands-on experience of farm life with you! On our 60-90 minute FARM TOUR, we'll lead you through our working dairy farm, where you’ll get the opportunity to milk a cow, feed a calf (calf selfies encouraged!) and learn about innovative technologies used on our farm. Of course, you’ll enjoy a tasty ice cream treat at the end of your tour, too!

Girl petting calf
Berning Acres Day at the Farm

Inspired by our 'Night at the Farm' events, these two newest additions open up the opportunity for ALL AGES to get the VIP farm experience!  Hosted by the Berning Family.

Day at the Farm: Cows, Kids and Curds

2024

Friday, June 14:   3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, July 12:    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 7:  2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Hosted by the Berning Family, a VIP Farm experience for all ages, round up everybody’s western wear and saddle up for a good time! We'll have beverages, a farm tour and lots of chances to interact with the animals! So many new experiences and photo ops — playtime with the animals, milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, and help with farm chores by feeding a farm friend (goat, sheep, pig, or pony.) We’ll wrap it up back in the shop if you like to enjoy some locally-sourced cheese curds. Oh, and for this event, ICE CREAM too! Choose to enjoy some good conversation and curds in the shop, or maybe a little more playtime with the animals. The Berning kids will be happy to escort your little ones around Little Kingdom some more. We'll offer PONY RIDES on Gunner too for this VIP event (Gunner handles up to 100 lb.)

*Each paid admission includes your interactive tour with your personal farmers, opportunities to milk a cow, feed a calf her bottle and playtime with farm friends.

Complimentary cheese curds & beverages will be offered such as chocolate milk, cold beer (probably Spotted Cow, because duh!), bottled water and soda.   Of course, ice cream is a must, we give to all our guests!

*Tailored private events available upon request.  Contact Natalie at 563.543.8936, let's curate something together!

Day at the Farm: Picnic and Play

2024

Saturday, June 15:  11 a.m. – 1 ish p.m.
Saturday, July 13: 11 a.m. – 1 ish p.m.
Saturday, August 31:  11 a.m - 1ish p.m.
Hosted by the Berning Family, a VIP Farm experience for all ages! We'll begin with a beautiful picnic in the lawn overlooking our fields and horses playing.  Feel free to pack your own picnic or order from one of the amazing local bakeries.  We will offer a complimentary picnic basket featuring our very own three cheese varieties (Gouda, Muenster & ButterKase). Then, we'll head out to tour the farm and interact with the animals. So many new experiences and photo ops — playtime with the animals, milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, help with farm chores by feeding a farm friend (goat, sheep, pig, or pony). We’ll wrap it up back in the shop with ICE CREAM! Choose to enjoy some good conversation in the shop or maybe a little more playtime with the animals. The Berning kids will be happy to lead your little ones back to Little Kingdom for some more interactions with our farm friends.  Wait there's more, a PONY RIDE on Gunner for the kiddos too! (Gunner handles up to 100 lb.)

A very family-friendly event to kick-off your weekend! Or, what a fun date-day!

*Each paid admission includes your interactive tour with your personal farmers, opportunities to milk a cow, feed a calf her bottle and playtime with farm friends. 

No need to worry about packing the beverages:  we will offer complimentary sparkling canned waters, wines or seltzers, chocolate, white or strawberry milk, soda and bottled water.

*Tailored private events available upon request.  Contact Natalie at 563.543.8936, let's curate something together!

Kids enjoy farm picnic with their family
Boy feeding goat on the farm
Girl and boy feeding calf at the farm
Woman holding baby goat on farm
Girl playing with chicken on the farm
Berning Acres Night Out at the Farm
Ask and you will receive! Natalie couldn’t believe the amount of adults who asked “Can adults come to camp?"  So, here it is!  Matt and Natalie brainstormed what that might look like, and we came up with TWO FUN OPTIONS :

Night at the Farm : Cows, Beers and Cheese Curds

2024

Friday, June 14:  7 – 9 p.m.
Friday, July 12:  7 – 9 p.m.
Friday, September 6:  6 – 8 p.m.

A VIP EVENT, HOSTED BY MATT & NATALIE BERNING, along with our amazing crew!
For Ages 21+

You can expect something like this:

We will begin in the Shop with beverages and our farm intro.

Then, we'll head out and about to tour the farm and interact with the animals. So many new opportunities or experiences to be had — milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, help with farm chores by feeding a farm friend (goat, sheep, pig, or pony). Lots of opportunities for photo ops along the way, and playtime with the goats and other animals if you'd like!

Finally, we’ll wrap it up back in the shop for a view of the sunset over the farm. If you'd like hang out and sample a variety of locally-sourced cheeses curds. Choose to enjoy some good conversation & curds in the shop or maybe a little more playtime with the animals~ your choice.

*Each paid admission includes your interactive tour with your personal farmers, industry representatives and opportunities to milk a cow, and feed a calf her bottle.

Complimentary cheese curds & beverages will be offered such as: Spotted Cow (because duh,) soda & bottled water. 

 

Night at the Farm : Cows, Wine and Charcuterie

2024

Saturday, June 15:  7 – 9ish p.m.
Saturday, July 13:  7 – 9ish p.m.
Saturday, September 7:  6 – 8ish p.m.

A VIP EVENT, HOSTED BY MATT & NATALIE BERNING, along with our amazing crew!

For Ages 21+

You can expect something like this:

We will begin in the Shop with beverages and our farm intro. Then, we'll head out and about to tour the farm and interact with the animals. So many new opportunities or experiences to be had — milk a cow, give a calf her bottle, help with farm chores by feeding a farm friend (goat, sheep, pig, or pony). Lots of opportunities for photo ops along the way, and playtime with the goats and other animals if you'd like!

Finally, we’ll wrap it up back in the shop for a view of the sunset over the farm. If you'd like hang out and enjoy some delicious charcuterie featuring our very own Berning Acres cheese varieties: Gouda, Muenster & ButterKase.

*Each paid admission includes your interactive tour with your personal farmers and other industry representatives, such as our veterinarian and opportunities to milk a cow, and feed a calf her bottle and get up close and personal with many of our farm friends. 

Complimentary charcuterie & beverages will be offered.

Night at the Farm, visiting animals
Woman feeding calf at Night At The Farm
Berning Acres Night at the Farm
Berning Acres Farm Camp

NEW! FARM VET FOR A DAY: June 5th 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

2024 REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 17 

(join the email list to access early bird booking, trust us)

FARM CAMP

For Ages 7 – 13 

2024
June 7 & 8 (Thursday & Friday) :
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 10 & 12 (Monday & Wednesday) : 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 11 & 13 (Tuesday & Thursday) : 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 17 & 19 (Monday & Wednesday) : 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 18 & 20 (Tuesday & Thursday): 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
June 24 & 25 (Monday & Tuesday) : 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

At Berning Acres FARM CAMP, campers will have a few morning chores to attend to like feeding the animals or collecting the eggs from the chicken coop. There will be structured time each day to interact with and learn about the animals on the farm including the cows, calves, goats, sheep and and farm dogs, Lacey and Hazel. We will also have an organized activity each day such as: team building challenges, making ice cream or butter from scratch, outdoor games and races, scavenger hunts and seek n finds. Pony Rides & Hay Ride to boot!!!

Please SEND a SACK LUNCH with your child each day. A tasty dairy treat will be offered each day for snack as well.

FARM VET FOR A DAY

For ages 13 – 18

Wednesday, June 5, 2024:  9:30 a.m.  - 2:30 p.m.
NEW & offered ONE DAY only!

We are thrilled to be able to partner with our farm veterinarians Dr. Jen & Dr. Molly from Veterinary Associates to offer you this amazing, interactive, one-of-a-kind Farm Vet experience for a day!

Our time together will include:

Animal handling basics & interactive, hands-on learning covering topics such as: basic anatomy and physiology of farm animals, common farm animal diseases and how to recognize symptoms, nutrition, first aid and emergency care for farm animals and preventive care measures.

Performing real life field demonstrations in a small-group alongside licensed veterinarians such as; developing treatment plans, administering vaccinations, routine pregnancy checks and physical examinations.

Kids learning about the farm at Farm Camp
Kids making friends at Farm Camp
Girl playing with duck at Farm Camp
Boy feeding calf at Farm Camp

From Our Visitors

Night at the Farm

"What a life-changing experience! Our expectations were exceeded and our night was a dream come true! The experience was very personable, intimate and a night we will never forget. A very big thank you to the host and the crew they had helping host! I can't wait to take my kids next time! it was wonderful being able to have adult time this way!" — Autumn A.

Day at the Farm

"Berning Acres was such a unique, exciting experience that you will not find anywhere else. We did the picnic and farm tour and the entire event was very well planned. The tour was interesting and educational, certainly not overwhelming. Lots of opportunities to interact with farm animals and operations. This did not disappoint!" – David K.

Farm Tour

"Such an awesome day. Kiddos enjoyed feeding calves, milking a cow, and petting goats. So many interesting facts about farming! Taylor was awesome and the Berning so welcoming! A+ experience… we would recommend." – Susan W.

Night at the Farm

"We had a group of six women that participated in the Night at the Farm! We enjoyed every minute of it and learned quite a bit. We loved the hands on experience with the farm animals, while also enjoying a few Spotted Cow beers! Before ending the tour, we also were able to grab a few gorgeous sunset pictures. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a date night or girls night out! — Bayleigh E.

Day at the Farm

"It was a perfect thing for our group of friends with kids to do together. We loved everything about it… the beautiful setting, the Berning kids were so helpful, even the picnic baskets were adorable. Fun for all ages!” Elizabeth O.

Farm Tour

"My family and I had the best time at Berning Acres! Our tour guide, Taylor, was so great! She was so kind and did not rush the tour at all. We had several kids in our group and she went at their pace. We so appreciate her patience and kindness! There were so many things we did, from feeding the calves to pony rides, and milking a cow. We had such a great experience and would highly recommend this, as it is a perfect family activity! – Erica W.

Woman playing with goat
Berning Acres : A family-owned dairy farm located in Menominee, IL. Offering farm tours and farm experiences.