Agritourism Mission Statement:
To offer unique family friendly farm experiences that highlight how farmers use technology and modern agricultural practices to keep our animals happy and our land healthy.
As part of our dedication to serving the community, Richlands has a variety of Farm Events and Tours to choose from. We are proud of our farming heritage and enjoy sharing our passion for agriculture through scheduled tours in May thru October. Private or large group tours can be scheduled during these months; details are listed below. If you enjoy fine dining, our Dinners on the Dairy are for you! Come visit the farm for a multi-course meal prepared with fresh, local products by local chefs! This year we plan to host dinners in June, August, and October, each focusing on a different agricultural region of Virginia. Additionally, be one of the first to visit our Creamery at a pop-up dinner for the opening!
*All of our school tours include SOL based activities and information.
Spring tours start the second week in May and run through the last week of June. The spring tour season focuses on dairy farming and offers a look at the daily lives of our cows and the farmers who work hard to care for them. Tour admission is $8 per person and start at 10 am, typically lasting around two hours. Admission includes: a walking tour of the farm to see the milking parlor where the cows “go to work” every day, the cow barns where they eat and sleep, a visit to the calf barn to see the new babies, and the opportunity to milk a real cow! If you would like to stay for lunch you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. As a special treat, spring tours will also include a scoop of ice cream from Richlands Creamery!
- Admission- $8/person (Teachers & Bus Drivers are Free)
- Cash, Credit & School Checks accepted
- A scoop of ice cream or butter making is included
*All of our school tours include SOL based activities and information.
October tours run from the 1st to the 31st of the month. In addition to offering a glimpse into dairy farming, the fall season tours highlight many other aspects of Virginia agriculture. Come visit the petting zoo to see some of the many animals that can be found on farms across the state, and test your knowledge of the number one industry in Virginia as you find your way though our 4 acre corn maze! October tours typically last about 2 hours and include: a walking tour of the milking parlor, calf barn and petting zoo, a journey through the corn maze, hayride, visit to the kids area, a trip to the pumpkin patch to learn about the pumpkin life cycle and a pumpkin of any size to take home. The only rule is you have to be able to carry it! If you would like to stay for lunch after your tour, you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn.
- Admission – $8 per person (Teachers & Bus Drivers are Free)
- We accept Cash, Credit & School Checks
- Includes 1 pumpkin of any size to take home
We start booking October tours early, and dates fill up fast! To book your group or for more information contact Coley Drinkwater at (804)-895-0696, email Info@richlandscreamery.com or fill out our Booking Form.
October 17th is Homeschool day on the farm! Mark your calendars and join other homeschool groups for a tour. Our homeschool day admission is $8 per person and includes all of the fun and activities of our October tours. Admission also includes a pumpkin of any size to take home. The only rule is you have to be able to carry it!
*Please note that if you have over 50 people we will schedule you for a separate day.
3rd Friday Tours
If you are unable to attend one of our other open farm events, this is for you! May through September on the third Friday of every month we offer a farm tour that includes a visit to the milking parlor with the chance to milk a cow, visit to the cow barns to see where our ladies eat and sleep, a stop by the cow food pantry to see and learn about what cows eat, and a trip to the calf barn to visit our youngest farm residents!
- Admission is $8 per person
- We accept cash & credit
- Reservations are required and tours are limited to 20 people
- Tours start at 4 pm and last about an hour and a halfIf you have a group of more than 20 people and would like a private tour of the farm, we will do our best to schedule you separately.
Please note that the kids area and picnic space will not be open for 3rd Friday Tours – it is a chance to see the farm only.
For reservations, contact Coley Drinkwater at (804)-895-0696, Info@richlandscreamery.com or fill out our Booking Form
Family Farm Day
Each year on the last Saturday in June we celebrate National Dairy Month with our Family Farm Day where you can get an up close, hands-on experience of life on a dairy farm! Take a walking tour of the farm to see how we care for our girls and provide you and your family with fresh, nutritious milk.
Ever wanted to try your hand at milking a cow? We’ve got you covered – the tour includes thee opportunity to hand milk a cow! In addition to the tour, your admission to Family Farm Day includes access to our kids play area full of fun games and plenty of space to run around, hay rides, activities like butter making, feeding the cows, milk tastings, and other agriculture-based fun! Be sure to stop by the Creamery to cool off with a scoop of ice cream, or to grab a tasty, locally sourced lunch or supper.
- Admission is $8 per person
- Children 2 and under are free
- We accept cash & credit cards
Fall Festival Weekends
Come celebrate the cooler weather, fall colors, and Virginia agriculture with us every weekend in October! We are open Saturdays 10am – 4pm and Sundays 1-4pm!
Admissions – We accept cash and most major credit cards.
- Adults – $10
- Children (3-12) – $5
- Seniors (65+) – $5
- Military – $5
- Children 2 and under are free!
We kindly ask that you do not bring your dogs. We never know how dogs will react to cows and we do not want to spook our girls or your pups!
Children’s Activities (Included in admission)
There is something for everyone in our kid’s area. Let your kid’s run wild through the hay maze, dig in the cottonseed pit, practice milking a cow or participate in one of our interactive booths to learn more about agriculture. This area is all about fun and wearing them out for the car ride home.
Hayrides (Included in admission)
Take a scenic hayride around the farm and enjoy the beautiful fall colors and pastures of cows out enjoying the crisp weather. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of some other Virginia wildlife, such as turtles, a bald eagle, foxed, or even a coyote or bear!
Corn Maze (Included in admission)
Find your way through our 4 acre corn maze and learn about agriculture in the state of Virginia along the way. The maze typically takes 15-20 minutes to complete, depending on your walking speed.
The maze design changes every year and we are excited to release this years design, so stay tuned for updates!
Petting Zoo (Included in admission)
Take a stroll down to the petting zoo and say hi to the many different animals that can be found on farms across the state! As you look around, take a minute to read over the banners to learn interesting facts about these much loved farm residents. Give the horse a pat on the head, scratch a goat behind the ears, feel the velvety soft fur of the rabbits, gobble at the turkeys, watch the ducks play in their pool, and give out a few treats as well!
Walking Tour of the Farm (Included in admission)
Have you ever looked at your glass of cold, refreshing milk and wondered where it came from? Or, wondered how farmers take care of the cows who provide nourishment for us? Join a guided walking tour of the farm and discover first-hand the care farmers provide for their cows and the amount of work it takes to bring you delicious dairy products. Explore the milking parlor where the cows go to work every day, stop by the tank room and learn about how milk gets from our farm to your refrigerator, visit the barns where they eat and sleep, see the different ingredients that go into their food, say hello to the baby calves and observe a robotic calf feeder at work. Tour times are posted at the admission booth.
Pick a Pumpkin (available for purchase)
We have pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors! Big pumpkins, little pumpkins, warty pumpkins, white pumpkins, green pumpkins, and more! Hunt for your perfect pumpkin in our farm patch. We grow all of our own pumpkins right here on the farm. So of them are so fresh, we haven’t even cut them off the vine yet!
Prices vary from $2.50 to $10.00 depending on size.
*Concessions (available for purchase, cash only)
This year we have teamed up with different community groups to provide concessions. All proceeds from concessions go to the group working that weekend. Be sure to stop by to grab lunch and a tasty treat to help support these local groups! Concessions are cash only.
Dinner on the Dairy
Welcome to our Farmer at the Table Event! If you enjoy fine dining, our Dinners on the Dairy are for you! We take farm to table one step further by inviting the farmers who grew, produced and raised the food on the table to pull up a seat so if you have questions about where your food came from, you can get answers directly from the source.
Dinners include special tours, demonstrations, or guest speakers, followed by a multi-course meal prepared with fresh, seasonal local products by local chefs! This year we plan to host dinners in June, August, and October, each focusing on a different agricultural region of Virginia. Additionally, be one of the first to visit our Creamery at a pop-up dinner for the opening in the spring! Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates, menu previews, and special offers! Updates and information can also be found on our Facebook page.
To reserve your seat at the table, contact Coley Drinkwater at (804)-895-0696 or Info@richlandscreamery.com
To setup your group tour please use the following form.