Maui – Surfing Goat Farm

Surfing Goat Farm
One-month-old baby goats!

I will confess. I was in it for the cheese.

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Sure baby goats are cute and all, but goat cheese? Come to mama!

Plus, I saw the chocolate goat cheese and vodka truffles in the Ocean Vodka gift shop (their neighbor) while I was visiting and I knew I had to get me some of those as well!

Oh yeah, and there are baby goats!

Surfing Goat Farms is a working goat dairy farm that offers tours and feedings, goat farm internships and goat cheese based food. The staff is super friendly and very patient with the kids, the humankind, and there are plenty of things to do. Or you can just sit around and eat goat cheese, which I highly recommend.

I was early for my tour so the folks in the shop set me up with a flight of their most popular and award-winning cheeses. Who was I to say no?

Surfing Goat Farm Cheese Flight
Click to get a LARGER view.

Well, I gobbled that down in two seconds flat, of course, I was being watched and felt exceptionally greedy, I was not interested in sharing with this little lady, she looks a little annoyed, right?

Surfing Goat Farm Cat

She wasn’t happy when I finished every bite. But she did look hopeful when I decided my favorite and went to buy more of the Ole flavor, goat cheese, and jalapeno peppers, yum!

Surfing Goat Farm Ole

I could have stayed there all afternoon but I was told I really shouldn’t miss feeding the baby goats, so off I went. First I visited and fed the 5-month goats.

Surfing Goat Farm Goats

Notice the vintage surfboards that help make up their shelter. These guys (and gals) were pretty cool.

Surfing Goat Farm Goats

Then we headed to visit the one-month-olds. They are pretty cute, but for some reason I expected them to be smaller!

Surfing Goat Farm Goats

Then came the milking of the big guys, the adults. Not every tour has this activity because the goats are only milked twice a day. There is a whole set of interns there getting college credit for learning how the goat farm operates, these guys also have infinite patience when it comes to showing the children on the tour how to milk the goats. First, they are fed.

Surfing Goat Farm Goat Feeding

Oops! I may have gotten a little too close!

Surfing Goat Farm Goat Feeding

Then there comes the milking.

Surfing Goat Farm Goat Milking

The goats produce a gallon a day and are machine-milked (except for a few for the tour) with solar-powered equipment. After milking, the cheese process is started and I watched that magic in progress before heading back to the store to buy chocolate goat cheese truffles.

 

There were so many to choose from and I settled on six which I brought home to share with Mr. Misadventures. They were really good, especially the ones with Ocean Vodka which surprised me as I generally don’t like alcohol-laced chocolate (I know, what’s wrong with me?)

One last tip: You might want to plan your trip in the summer when they have several (predominantly male) interns every year from the Université de Toulouse (El Purpan)…just saying I might have a little thing for French guys…not sure where that came from…

Great farm! Great for the kids! And awesome for foodies!

How about you? Have you visited a goat farm? Do you love goat cheese like me?

My visit to Hawaii was courtesy of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, my farm tour was comped. As always, all opinions are my own.

You can also view more of my trip to Maui in my Magnificent Maui Wanderlist on AFAR.

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48 Comments

  1. Erin
    May 8, 2014

    Those little goats are so cute! I haven’t been to a goat farm, but I do love goat cheese. I can’t imagine chocolate goat cheese truffles, are those pretty rich? Very cool that they have solar powered equipment as well.

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  2. jen
    May 8, 2014

    “Come to mama!” This phrase always make me laugh. You’re making me want goat cheese chocolate, Andi. Like I could find it in Oklahoma. LOL!

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  3. Katie @ Domestiphobia
    May 14, 2014

    That looks like HEAVEN! Goat cheese!! Baby goats!!! French interns!!!! I will be adding that to my Maui list for SURE.

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  4. Shannon
    June 10, 2014

    I love goats. There are a bunch of them at Maymont Park in Richmond and I have also been to an alpaca farm. I am so jealous!! Cute goats, goat cheese a kitty and in Hawaii. How much better can that get? LOL.

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  5. Terri S
    June 12, 2014

    Looks like you had a great time. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Sharon
    October 23, 2014

    Looks like you had a great time! That siamese cat looks adorably pissed off LOL

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 23, 2014

      @Sharon, it was definitely not happy!

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  7. Nancy
    October 23, 2014

    Omg that cat (is beautiful – but I’m frightened to DEATH of them. Evil crazy minds lolol) looks so mad at you hahahaha.

    I love that you were totally honest about you being there for the goat cheese and not visiting the adorable baby goats – it made me laugh.

    Wow the 1mth old goats are a fair size – aren’t they? I too thought they’d be smaller. They’re only 4 weeks old! Lol.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 23, 2014

      @Nancy, I have a cat myself but she is my first (and probably only) and I don’t know much about them, so they kind of freak me out too! I was surprised at their size too!

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  8. estherjulee
    October 23, 2014

    i really love goat cheese.. but i don’t know that i’m into knowing too many details of where everything comes from. haha looks like a wonderful experience. love that annoyed cat face.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 23, 2014

      @Esther, I would agree when it comes to meat, but I am okay with milk!

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  9. Heather
    October 23, 2014

    Ok I have never tried goat cheese in my life…but I think I could be persuaded to try the chocolate kind. And those truffles look amazing. I’m SUPER jealous right now! 😉

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 23, 2014

      @Heather, it is definitely a way to ease into try this tart tasting cheese.

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  10. breanna
    October 23, 2014

    I love goats, love them! But I have never tried goats milk or cheese so that would be a first for me. I think visiting there would make me try some items.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 23, 2014

      @Breanna, my hubby loves goats too, he wants one as a pet when we retire! You should definitely try something goat’s milk!

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  11. Angelic Sinova
    October 23, 2014

    Goat cheese is AMAZING! Chocolate goat cheese and vodka truffles ?!!?? Where has this been all my life?

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 23, 2014

      @Angelic, seriously it was unbelievable and I haven’t seen it anywhere else. Wish I could cook, I’d try to make them! They do have a cookbook at the store at the farm, I should have seen if their truffles were in there.

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  12. Lauren
    October 23, 2014

    LOL I have never seen a dog give that look, just saying! I also LOVE goat cheese. The ones at Trader Joes’s are to die for!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Lauren, so true, dogs aren’t capable of being mean!

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  13. Lindsay
    October 23, 2014

    Oh my gosh… what a bunch of cuties!! That is so cool that you guys got to experience that!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Lindsay, it was so much fun!

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  14. Fi
    October 24, 2014

    Aww so many little goats. I’ve never even heard of goat cheese truffles before, those chocolates look so yummy! 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Fi, they are really unctuous and rich!

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  15. Carolann
    October 24, 2014

    What a great and unique idea! Sounds amazing and definitely on the list if i’m ever in Hawaii!!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Carolann, you must! Definitely worth checking out!

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  16. Myrabev
    October 24, 2014

    I am not a cheese person of any kind but I do love goats. In Zambia my paternal grandmother used to have a lot goats it was so much fun feeding them

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Myrabev, if you like chocolate, I bet you would like the goat cheese truffles!

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  17. Katie Matthews
    October 24, 2014

    I love goats cheese. The goats cheese chocolate truffles sound incredibly interesting! I’d definitely give them a go. The kids are quite big actually aren’t they? They only stay cute and tiny for a couple of days after birth!

    Katie <3

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Katie, I was the most amazed at that, I was expecting little tiny things, but they were so big!

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  18. Brenda
    October 24, 2014

    Woah! Goat farms? I feel so out of place when I didn’t think a farm like that even existed??

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Brenda, they are all over the place, you should see if you have one locally!

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  19. The Accidental Mama
    October 24, 2014

    I am in love with goat cheese. It’s such a problem. There is a goat farm by my parent’s beach house and we go all the time for their goat cheese gelato. To. Die. For.
    xoxo
    The Accidental Mama
    http://www.theaccidentalmama.com

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @TheAccidentalMama, goat cheese gelato? Oh I need to try that!

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  20. Megan @ All That Glitters
    October 24, 2014

    This looks like SO much fun! The goats are too cute!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Megan, they really are adorable!

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  21. Jessica Doll
    October 24, 2014

    I haven’t visited a goat farm, but maybe now I need to! Those babies are SO ADORABLE!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 25, 2014

      @Jessica, it is so much fun, you definitely have to do it!

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  22. Winter White
    October 27, 2014

    This looks so incredibly AWESOME! I love goat cheese and didn’t know that they had that many ranges of flavors.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 1, 2014

      @Winter, I was surprised too and they are all quite delicious!

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  23. Cori
    October 28, 2014

    Wow, what a cool visit and experience! Love all the photos you took, looks like a great day!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 1, 2014

      @Cori, it was a lot of fun!

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  24. Jordan
    October 30, 2014

    LOVE goat cheese, I would be in heaven here!!! Looks like you had such a good time 🙂

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 1, 2014

      @Jordan, I did and I still think about those goat cheese truffles!

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  25. Erica
    November 3, 2014

    I’m not sure I would be able to pick!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      November 5, 2014

      @Erica, it was tough! Do you like goat cheese? Do you have a favorite way of eating it?

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  26. Ash L.
    November 30, 2014

    I want to vacation in Maui now. The goat farm looks incredible.

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  27. Kayli Schattner
    December 8, 2014

    Wow, what a fun unique experience! So cool. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      December 13, 2014

      @Kayli, it is definitely a unique experience if you visit Maui.

      Reply

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