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Maui – Surfing Goat Farm

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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Surfing Goat Farm
One-month-old baby goats!

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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. Andi Fisher says:

      @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!

  7. estherjulee says:

    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.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

  8. 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! 😉

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

  9. 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. Andi Fisher says:

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

  10. Angelic Sinova says:

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @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.

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Sharon, it was definitely not happy!

  12. 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!

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Lindsay, it was so much fun!

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Carolann, you must! Definitely worth checking out!

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Fi, they are really unctuous and rich!

  16. 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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

  17. Katie Matthews says:

    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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

  19. The Accidental Mama says:

    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.
    The Accidental Mama

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

  20. Megan @ All That Glitters says:

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Megan, they really are adorable!

  21. Jessica Doll says:

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

  22. Winter White says:

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Cori, it was a lot of fun!

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

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

  27. Kayli Schattner says:

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

    1. Andi Fisher says:

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

  28. 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.