Friday, March 5, 2010

tour of Harley Farms Goat Dairy

On Sunday, we went to Pescadero to go on a tour of Harley Farms Goat Dairy. Harley is one of the few remaining farmstead dairies in the U.S. (meaning they do all their production in-house), and is known for their amazing goat cheese.

sample cheese

They raise American Alpine goats, which are used for milking and are super affectionate. On the tour, we were allowed to go into the loafing barn and pet the pregnant does.

affectionate doe in the loafing barn

But the real stars here were the kids.

litter of kidskids

After the tour, we sat around a huge handmade table (made by "Three-Fingered Bill") and shared a large round of goat cheese.

in dining hall

P.S. the random factoid of the tour? The llamas on the farm (one of which is named Dolly Llama) are actually there as a security force. If a predator -- coyote, mountain lion, etc. -- ventures too near the goats, the llamas will spit in their eye and kick them dead. Apparently, there haven't been too many predators after word got out.

1 comment:

Molly said...

Gotta get me some llamas for my house! Stay out, predators! My llama will kick you and spit in your eyes!