In my non blogging life I work in Parks & Rec and run a summer camp each year. One of my favorite field trips is out to a berry picking farm. I love getting the kids out & experiencing farm life, something away from their phones & tablets. They always return dirty & berry stained…to me that means a real summer! Unfortunately our 3 year drought has made it impossible for the berry farms to handle the massive amount of kids that we bring for field trips. Luckily right across the street from one of our regular berry picking farms is Harley Farms. The goats are so cute that I headed back with my mom & Ben to get a tour for myself….also to pick up more goat cheese! It is the most adorable goat farm ever! They offer tours & lessons on how to make goat cheese. Check out their website to make a tour reservation. Afterwards, stop off for lunch & some antiquing in the cute little town of Pescadero.
Goats are carefully guarded from coyotes by protective llamas. They are fiercely protective!
The tour starts off by giving you plenty of time to hang out with the goats. They are pretty friendly, nibbling on anything they can get. One was particularly interested in my mom’s camera strap!
Once you’ve made friends with the goats the tour moves into the milking barn.
Yikes! The milking machines looked scary, but we were reassured that it is quick and easy for the goats.
From the milking barn we walked through the edible flower garden to the barn. Edible flowers are grown on site to be pressed into rounds of goat cheese! The upstairs of the barn has been converted into a dining space. They rent it out for special events and even better, they host a seasonal supper club. Its pricey and hard to catch, but if you do, you are treated to a multicourse award winning meal made with all local products from the surrounding farms. Harley Farms holds many awards from the American Cheese Society as well as two international World Cheese Show medals. That’s saying a lot about this small, family run Pescadero farm. In the barn, we learned how the cheese is made & even go to practice pressing our own into rounds.
A stop in their little shop at the end is a must! The shop provides a great place to pick up local gifts such as lotions, soaps, honey, and of course cheese! Check back on Friday for the goat cheese ravioli dinner I made with goodies from the Harley Farms Shop.