Ice Cream, Animals and Fun at Famoda Farm near Greenville, SC
Have you heard of Famoda Farm in Tigerville? We just had the most amazing afternoon touring the farm, tasting delicious ice cream and spending time with baby goats! Cows, donkeys, rabbits and sheep joined us at the fence to visit, and we even collected fresh milk to take home. It’s a special place, I mean like turning a “grumpy preteen” day into a kind of “happy sunny day” place. Do you know how rare it is? It’s awesome, which means we tell you all about Famoda Farm so you can plan your visit.
Arrival at the Famoda farm
The entrance to Famoda Farms is a gravel driveway with pastures on either side. Simply plug the address into your GPS and search for the signs. Even my tweens and teens were thrilled to see the cows in the pasture as we rode. You think it’s cute when little kids love animals. Well, hearing “Aw, there are cows! Hey cows!” will melt your heart too when it comes out of the mouth of a fourteen year old boy.
Famoda Farm Ice Cream
Amazing Grazin’ Hand Dipped Ice Cream is the newest addition to Famoda Farm. You’ll find their cute ice cream truck next to the farm shop with a wide range of shaded seating options.
There are many flavors of ice cream to choose from, as well as toppings that can be added. Choose a cup or cone variety My kids always opt for the “ice cream in a cup and cone on top” option, having been raised to enjoy the cone without the stress of running to polish a slushy, dripping cone . But, you know, you do.
There was a dairy-free option – a lime sorbet daiquiri – which I enjoyed.
Famoda Farm Activities
The ice cream is good, but the animals are the best part, IMHO. Where else can you go for an ice cream and then hang out with adorable farm animals? Nowhere! There are no farm entrance fees, so animal checking is completely free and you definitely don’t want to skip that part.
Visit with cows, donkeys, rabbits, a sheep and goats. Most of the animals are out in the pasture, but a few of the older goats were wandering around under supervision. They’re not ice cream allowed, so don’t worry, you won’t have goats trying to steal your dessert.
Great people from the farm told us about the animals and even led us to the baby goats in the barn. Yes there were baby goats in the barn and yes we were able to pet them.
The babies in the barn were 2-3 months old and full of energy. Of the older goats wandering outside the pasture, the youngest is Billy. He is 6 months old and he is super cute. The other two goats are Fancie and Mama Goat. Fancie is the tan goat and she disliked pets, preferring to wander into a new patch of grass to nibble on when approached. Mama Goat is the biggest goat and she spent most of her time relaxing in the shade.
There is an outdoor play area with climbing equipment, a swing and other fun things for the little ones. All the equipment is spread over a shaded lawn, perfectly inviting even in the heat of summer. This is a great place for the kids to drain off some of that ice cream before putting them back in the car.
Grazers: Famoda Farm Farm Shop
The farm store, called Grazers has lots of local items like raw milk, Happy Cow milk, local cheese and local meats. You will also find pottery, candles and other locally made items that would make great gifts.
Famoda Farm also has a beautiful barn event space which can be hired for weddings, baby showers, really any large gathering.
Famoda Farm: Our opinion
I’m trying to figure out if I can justify taking the kids out for ice cream tomorrow too. Or, maybe we’ll finish up all that liter of milk I just bought tomorrow morning so we can go back and buy some more.
Truly, it was one of the best summer afternoons I’ve had with the kids this year.
The farm is perfectly laid out for families to enjoy. If you like ice cream, if you like animals, if you just need a gallon of milk, go visit. I don’t think you will regret it.
Things to know
It’s a farm. There are animals and that means poo, bugs and even those pesky fire ants. Closed shoes would be a good choice if you plan to walk around animals.
You can pet any animals that come to the fence, just be careful of the wire inside the fences. They’re electric, they’re on, and they’ll hurt if you touch them.
Ice cream is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The grazers (farm shop) is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
7410 Mountain View Road, Taylors