You could call farmers Aico and Kirsten high school sweethearts as their life together started in secondary school 10 years ago. Brought up on a farm, Aico’s love for farming came naturally, whereas Kirsten was more into making cheeses. This turned out to be the perfect combination for making the most delicious cheeses from milk, produced by the best cows!
This success story has continued for some years already and their cheeses, made from raw milk, are regular award winners. The delicious homemade dairy products are well known across the region of Haaften and are also for sale in their own farm shop. Their 60 cows produce all the milk they need and (weather permitting), enjoy grazing on the luscious grass in the outdoors. The milking is done by a milking robot that operates around the clock, allowing the cows to decide for themselves when they want to eat or would like to be milked. Isn’t that lovely!
There are even more residents to meet on this dairy farm and cheese factory. Like their sons Riley and Bradley. On the farm we have Ko the mini donkey, Luna and Macky the Shetland ponies, Frozen the a-pony, Ollie and Stoer the Hafling horses, Kwik, Kwek and Kwak the goats, Ridge the farm dog, Malibu the cat, Tijgertje and Knorretje the mini pigs, calves and chicks… We could go on and on as being big animal lovers, you can count on Aico and Kirsten expanding their animal family soon too!
Choosing to holiday on De Buitenhoeve means you get to learn a lot. Do you know how cheese is made? Farmer Aico will show you. Always wanted to make your own yoghurt? Farmer Kirsten will teach you. Of course, there is more than enough time and space to play or cuddle the animals. How about taking one of their sweet ponies for a walk on the Clogs path opposite the farm? Or give Ko the donkey a good brush: he just loves that!