Easter at the Salt Spring Island Cheese CompanyMarch 28, 2016
One of the annual events I’ve grown attached to since having kids is Easter Sunday at the Salt Spring Island Cheese Company family farm. The farm is generally open to the public and is well visited by tourists and locals alike to purchase their soft goat cheese and enjoy the beautiful property. However their busiest day of the year is Easter when they host almost every family on Salt Spring!
The kids search for chocolate Easter eggs in the flower garden. I’ve always enjoyed watching the kids excitement as they look for the chocolate eggs. But what I really love is the kids who are not much older, but who have taken it on themselves to help the little kids find eggs. They take eggs out of their stash to hide in front of the little kids. It gets funny as the older kids get so focused on helping the little kids find eggs, but the little kids are so good at being oblivious to the help and the eggs being tossed right in front of them.
Spring at the farm also means baby lambs, baby goats, baby chicks and this year three baby cows. While we usually have baby goats, chicks & ducks at home my kids are still enamoured whenever & wherever they see them. Eventually we had to coax them out of the barn to give other kids the chance to get close to the animals.
Ziggy the balloon man is another major attraction with a line up all day. He makes the best balloon animals and figurines I’ve ever seen. His skills impress kids & adults alike. While I first saw him at the Easter event three years ago he has started working the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market regularly and we often sit and watch him make his balloon figures while we eat lunch in the park.
The thing I like best about Easter at Salt Spring Cheese is that we see almost everyone we know there. After a long winter when people stay home and the playgrounds are often empty it’s so nice to see everyone emerge and meet up at an outdoor event.
Up to now my kids have been happy getting the Halloween & Easter candy but have never eaten much of it. This year Chuck couldn’t stop eating the chocolate eggs until we forced him to stop and he ended up a mess on the ground. I will have to reconsider how best to handle treats in the future, but I won’t miss out on this fun day. Happy Easter!