Irene Dairy Farm
Enjoy the perks of farm-style living on this authentic farm without doing any of the hard work
Think back to playschool and try recalling one of your favourite songs: Old McDonald had a farm, with a moo moo here and a moo moo there and a chick chick here and a chick chick there. You will find all this at the Irene Dairy Farm where the farmer is not Old McDonald but Farmer van der Byl.
As the name would suggest, the farm is set in the picturesque village of Irene and a stone's throw from the Irene Craft Market. As you enter the farm gates you are greeted by a whole family of chickens happily and carelessly roaming around.
The farm boasts both a dairy shop and two great eateries to choose from: The Barn and Deck.
Interestingly, the Dairy shop is one of the last places in Gauteng that still sells 'raw' certified milk straight from the resident cows. People visit especially to purchase gallon buckets of farm fresh milk. The Dairy shop is also well known for its luxurious thick cream which is a must for any fresh scone and jam.
The two eateries' speciality dish is always on the menu and comes highly recommended. It's 'home-made chicken pie'. No wonder they need all the chickens!
If this is not for you then the Barn does a lunchtime braai with truly South African fare. However if it's something lighter you are looking for the dairy shop has a great selection of lunchtime treats and then you can picnic outside on the lovely lawn amongst the chickens and the cows.
Where? Irene Dairy Farm, Irene, Centurion
by Litza Karatzoglou