Ann Marie Stringer enjoying the trails with goat companions at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm in Somerville. Photo by Tammie Nelson

SOMERVILLE — New hiking trails are open at Pumpkin Vine Family Farm, 217 Hewett Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. The short trails, approximately 1 mile, wind through the farm fields with detours to visit the goat herd, over the brook, and through the forest. The view from the back hills provides a panorama of the historic farm and the surrounding watershed, soon to be permanently conserved.

Those who want to explore on their own can pick up a map at the information booth, and follow the mown paths through the fields, and the orange goat signs into the woods. If you want company, the goats are sure to make you smile as they frolic through the fields. Guided goat walks are offered every hour, leaving from the farmers market. Reservations are recommended, as space is limited.

To complete the pastoral experience, be sure to visit the 50-plus baby goats when you return to the barn, and stock up on some fresh local food at the farmers’ market. Grab a snack of smoothies and pastries, or baguettes and cheese, and relax under one of the shady pergolas, or bring a market basket and stock up on a week’s worth of healthy meals with organic vegetables, meat, dairy, and more. For more information, visit; email [email protected], or call 207-549-3096.

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