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Maui – Surfing Goat Farm

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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!

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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Leah

Wednesday 27th of November 2019

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.

Kayli Schattner

Monday 8th of December 2014

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

Andi Fisher

Saturday 13th of December 2014

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

Ash L.

Sunday 30th of November 2014

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

Erica

Monday 3rd of November 2014

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

Andi Fisher

Wednesday 5th of November 2014

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

Jordan

Thursday 30th of October 2014

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

Andi Fisher

Saturday 1st of November 2014

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