This weekend, a group of us decided to take a trip to Half Moon Bay. Researching places to visit, I chanced upon the Harley Farms website, and felt it was worth a stop. I haven’t heard of this farm before, so I had no idea what to expect.
It turns out, that visit was the best part of driving down to HMB!! My citified Parisian cousin, and a young Nantaise intern from work were in the car with Mr. Cheesemonger and me, and they just loved the the farm to death. When we pulled up to the property, after cruising down the small main street of town, we found a black farm cat feasting on a mouse and a black dog on the lookout for newcomers. Neither paid us much mind.
Since I love fluffy things, we went straight for the baby goat pen, right in front of the entrance. They were about a week old, and frolicking as though they were nearly weightless. The girls in the group just soaked it all in. They were just so soft, almost like down. They didn’t have much teeth yet, so we let them nibble and suck on our fingers without suffering from any consequences.
We were able to catch a glimpse of the milking stations, which is about 100 feet from the cheese making area. Across the way from the goats, we could see a garden of edible flowers like marigolds and pansies. These flowers are used to adorn Harley Farms’ signature cheese, and also to decorate the farms’ magical hayloft balcony.
More on that later, that’s all I have time for now!