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?
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?
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!
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.
Notice the vintage surfboards that help make up their shelter. These guys (and gals) were pretty cool.
Then we headed to visit the one-month-olds. They are pretty cute, but for some reason I expected them to be smaller!
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.
Oops! I may have gotten a little too close!
Then there comes the 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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