Ijsboerderij op de Nieuwekampen, Vinkel

For the second day in a row the kids visited a farm with their class and as I have a big car and nothing but free time til my class starts, I volunteered to drive and join them.  It was a lot of fun. Not only that I’m there for my kids, but I can learn a lot of Dutch too – which I did.  This time we visited Ijsboerderij op de Nieuwekampen in Vinkel.

We learned:
Baby pigs = biggetjes
Moeder varken = Zueg  (and there are Super Moeders – can’t seem to figure out how one becomes that 🙂
Father pig = bear
Female farmer = Boerin 🙂   I also learned about insemination of the pigs and how they are fed and raised and then slaughtered.  Not too far from us is a pig slaughter house were we often see the large trucks full of pigs going there.

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Look at this cute bigetije.

The kids had some free time to play on the tractors and the milking cow.

After a slide show and explaination of how the farm works and how the pigs are kept, born and live, the kids were brought into make ice cream – ijs.   Each child first got to take part in measuring the cream, sugar, chocolate, etc and then it is poured into a machine to first heat it to kill bacteria and then cool.  Later we all had a lovely ice cream.

The girls made ice cream. First each had a part in the measuring and then later had a taste.

They have little shop which was closed when we were there, but it had loads of little treats to buy and of course, ice cream!  They have kids birthday parties and other events.  You can find out more about them online.