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It’s time for the 2nd Annual Wine and Cheese Event at the farm. You loved it last year, so we’re bringing it back for the summer of 2015!

Wine and cheese are two of life’s finest pleasures – and nothing goes better with wine than goats!!

Alpie in the Wine Cellar

Alpie can’t wait for the event! He’s getting things ready in the Wine Cellar!

Join us at either 1pm or 3pm for our monthly Farm Tours led by our volunteer tour guide and event coordinator, Rissa Miller (click here to learn more about Rissa and the rest of our Farm Team) then join us on the lawn and in the wine cellar to sample outstanding wines from The Wine Bin and a variety of dairy-free cheese, jams and other delights. Grape juice is available for children or adults who prefer not to drink.

Our normal Farm Tours (at 1pm and 3pm) will also run and are included in the ticket price: $15 for juice and cheese, $20 for wine and cheese.The Burleigh Manor gift shop is always open during our Open Houses, so you will have the opportunity to purchase an awesome Burleigh Manor T-shirt, a notebook, or even some handmade quince jelly (check out our online store as well).

Ready to join us for this event? Please be sure to buy tickets in advance! This event, co-sponsored by our friends from Baltimore Vegan Drinks, was popular last year and may sell out! Get tickets here.

Please note, this event will be OUR FINAL regular tour day for 2015. Due to a large number of private events, our other tour days will be cancelled. Sign up now to visit your favorite animals!!


12:00pm – 4:00pm Wine & Vegan Cheese Tasting

1:00pm First Farm Tour

3:00pm Second Farm Tour


Wine on the Lawn


We are excited to announce our sponsors, listed alphabetically…

Baltimore Vegan Drinks

Beyond Meat

Follow Your Heart

High Impact Vegan

Kite Hill Cheese

Parmela Creamery

Treeline Cheese

Trish Cerebelli-Miles, graphic designer

Whole Foods Market, Columbia MD

The Wine Bin


We can’t wait to see you on the farm! Until then, please enjoy these images from last year’s Wine and Cheese Tours with the Animals…


The animals at the farm really span in age – some are quite young!

Rooster, Muffin, and Guinea Hen, Bucky, are the currently the youngest animals, both born in May 2014, so they are just one month over a year-old!

Bucky the Guinea Hen

Bucky, as she enjoys foraging in the yard.

Muffin the Rooster

Muffin keeps watch over the barnyard.

But four of our other animals were all born on Valentine’s Day 2014: sheep Marvin and Winston, and pigs Chloe and Wilbur all share the same birth date! These four cupids are about a year and four months-old. The sheep are brothers, they are Maine Katahdin Sheep; Chloe and Wilbur are brother and sister, and they are part Guinea Hog and Red Wattle Pig, both heirloom breeds.

Winston the sheep

Marvin the Sheep Marvin and Winston, two sheep brothers. They love hanging out together, and eating the landscaping!

As far as how long each of these six will live… roosters live to about 5 to 6 years. Guinea hens can live to be 12 to 15, if no predators come after them. Generally, sheep are expected to live 10 to 12 years, as do full-size pigs.

Wilbur and Chloe

Brother and Sis, Wilbur and Chloe, love an afternoon wallow.

On the opposite end, we have Jack the donkey. He’s over 40 years-old! It is not unusual for donkeys to live into their forties and the oldest donkey age ever recorded was 70 years as of 2012! So we hope that Jack has many more happy years at the farm.

Jack the Donkey

Jack is over 40 years-old and still as handsome as ever!

We hope you will come meet these youngsters, and sweet senior Jack at our next farm tours on August 23rd!

Rissa Miller is the head tour guide at Burleigh Manor and leads both private and public tours at the farm.  She welcomes your questions at any time and all the posts in her column are actual questions asked by guests during tours. Join us and try to stump Rissa!


Jack is a miniature Sicilian donkey and his ears are indeed quite big!


When a young lady asked me this question on the tour, I didn’t know the actual answer. I told her that Jack’s ears were big so that he could hear it when you whisper “I love you”.  Of course, my young guest proceeded to tell Jack she loved him – at the top of her lungs!

In reality, donkeys evolved to have such large ears for two reasons. First, it does offer them enhanced hearing! Because of their build, donkeys aren’t as fast as other members of the equine family, like horses. It makes sense that their ears are more sensitive, so they can hear predators approach in the wild. This excellent hearing also means that donkeys are great “watchdogs” in the barnyard. Often if they hear a predator, they will bray loudly and let the other animals know – or perhaps scare the bad guys away.

Additionally, donkeys’ large ears allow them to vent heat from their heads. Native to areas in northern African, donkeys were first domesticated around 3000 B.C.  in Egypt. Their large ears help heat escape – which is useful for the regions they came from, where it can be quite warm and arid.

Come meet Jack – he is waiting to hear you whisper sweet nothings his way and there are tours this Saturday, May 30th!

 Rissa Miller is the head tour guide at Burleigh Manor and leads both private and public tours at the farm.  She welcomes your questions at any time and all the posts in her column are actual questions asked by guests during tours. Join us and try to stump Rissa!