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Maui – Surfing Goat Farm

Surfing Goat Farm
One-month-old baby goats!

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

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

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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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49 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. “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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. @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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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! 😉

  7. 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.

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

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

    1. @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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

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

  14. We love visiting the Hawaiian islands, but I haven’t made it to Maui yet. I was so excited to come across this post! Like you, I’d be in it for the goat cheese! My husband cannot stand it, but my toddler and I LOVE our goat cheese. I know my daughter would love to feed/see the baby goats too, so I’m keeping this wonderful farm in mind for our next Hawaii adventure.