Visit Farms in the Triad, Triangle and SandhillsElodie Farms in RougemontOn farms in central North Carolina, cotton was once king. Today our enterprising farmers raise everything from butterflies to ostriches and grow crops ranging from strawberries to popcorn. When you visit, you’ll always head home with a fresh perspective.All-A-Flutter Butterfly FarmHigh Point As the name implies, Tim and Donna Pless raise endangered monarch butterflies. From April through mid-October, the farm hosts group tours with advance notice and opens its doors to the general public on Saturdays. Come on these “Family Days” and enjoy learning about the butterfly’s life cycle, get a tour of the flight house and feed butterflies by hand. The farm also does butterfly releases for events.Celebrity Goat DairySiler City This working farm uses time-honored French farmstead techniques to make fresh goat cheese. The dairy only opens to visitors a few times a year. In February, you can see newborn goats, or maybe even witness a birth. In April, the farm shows off its low-impact and sustainable agriculture methods. On Thanksgiving weekend, after the year’s cheese-making is finished, you can come back and see how the babies have grown into adolescent goats.Elodie FarmsRougemont This quiet, scenic goat farm 30 minutes north of Durham is known for its Dinner on the Porch events featuring talented chefs from some of the Triangle area's favorite restaurants. The gourmet monthly dinners sell out fast, so watch Elodie's website for details. You can also call in advance to arrange tours or buy goat cheese, and the farm regularly hosts weddings, private parties and other events.Gillis Hill FarmFayetteville Gillis family members are eager to share more than 200 years of family farming history with visitors. You can find out how each new technological innovation made farming a little more productive and efficient. You’ll also learn how crops such as tobacco, cotton, soybeans and corn were the economic engine that powered this area for centuries. Make sure to take a wagon ride and sample some homemade ice cream.Hill Ridge FarmsYoungsville At this 55-acre recreational farm, you can pick your own produce or schedule a corporate outing at the conference center. Climb aboard Big John, a 16-gauge, 100-passenger steam engine for a tour of the farm, and then pan for gems at the gemstone mining sluice. You can also pet and feed the animals the Farm Animal Corral.Maple View FarmHillsborough The Maple View Agricultural Center hosts school groups and birthday parties during the week and gives public tours on the weekends. Of course, what Maple View is really famous for in these parts is its Holstein Dairy Farm, which produces top-quality fresh milk and ice cream. The popular dairy products are all available at the farm’s store seven days a week.Precious Alpaca FarmThurmond Here, you can see gentle and intelligent alpacas up close, and learn about their history. They were first a cherished treasure of the Inca Civilization in South America. Today, alpacas provide us with the material for comfortable winter wear and other clothing. A shop on the farm stocks alpaca gloves, scarves and throws.Shallowford Farms PopcornYadkinville Pop in at this farm and let your kids discover that popcorn doesn’t grow on trees or inside a microwaveable bag. You can arrange tours for groups of 10 or more to see how to grow, harvest and pop popcorn. At the gift shop, you can buy special gift tins sporting professional and college sports logos, NASCAR tins, John Deere toy tractors, as well as stove-top and antique replica popcorn poppers.Vollmer FarmBunn Prime time on the Vollmer spread is spring, when strawberries are ripe, and fall, when bright pumpkins and gourds fill the fields. Any time you visit, Farmer John’s Country Café and Market serves up homemade ice cream and treats, plus roasted corn on the cob and homemade chili. Hay rides, pony rides, marshmallow roasts over a bonfire, cane-pole fishing and John Deere trike track racing add to the fun of being on a farm.