One of my earthly delights is to eat “farm to table.” This is precisely what a friend bestowed upon me as I was treated to a tasty lunch at Harley Farms Goat Dairy. You want super delicious (did I say, SUPER DELICIOUS!) goat cheese?! This is it! ♣
Harley Farms Goat Dairy
Located in Pescadero in the golden state of California, we learned during the farm tour prior to our lunch that the land where Harley Farms occupies today was owned by a Portuguese family some 90 years ago as a dairy farm. Sue Harley, originally from the United Kingdom, came to the U.S. and years later started the goat farm which now has 200+ alpine goats on 9 acres.
As 14 or so of us lunch guests gathered for the tour, we soaked up some sun rays while drinking lemonade made with lavender and honey while devouring a selection of their cheeses. The honey lavender cheese was my favorite!
The Harley Farms cheeses—chèvre, ricotta, feta, and fromage blanc—have won global awards. The farm sources herbs and edible flowers for its cheeses and food dishes directly from the garden on the premises.
California has a rich history of dairy and cheesemaking. Cheese-making in this state dates to 1769 when Father Junípero Serra introduced dairy cows. Today, California is the second largest cheese-producing state in the country.
For lunch, we dined upstairs in the barn, originally the haystack. The long dining table and upright chairs are made from a tree that had fallen on the property some years back.
For lunch, we enjoyed ravioli with Harley Farms chèvre and ricotta cheeses as the first course, followed by the main dish of salmon with double roasted potatoes and a cucumber salad mariated in vinegar. The vinegar in the cucumber salad was a delectable surprise!
The shop at Harley Farms is full of wonderful locally-sourced products, including their cheeses along with oil, honey, and vinegar.
A great place for families and kids of all ages, I highly recommend a visit to Harley Farms, whether just for a tour of the premises or to savor a lunch or dinner. Heads-up that their scrumptious food events book months in advance! ♣
My curioso fun fact: Intel co-founder Gordon E. Moore—who predicted that the number of transistors in an integrated circuit would double approximately every two years and today is known as Moore’s Law—grew up in Pescadero where his childhood home (Lunasea) still exists though now an artisan art gallery as well as the barn (Pescadero Creekside Barn) he spent many playing hours.
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