After playing with the kids for about 20 minutes, we followed one farm cat into the barn, which houses Harley Farms’ formal dining room and shop. We actually almost missed the little, nondescript screen door entrance.
The dining room, though, was a delightful surprise to all in attendance. They hold seasonal farm dinners, complete with farm tour in many cases. Since seeing the space and tasting Harley Farms’ cheese, I’ve been trying to figure out which of their next dates we should book.
The photos, which were taken on my dinky phone (curses on me for not charging my camera battery!), do not do justice to the space!
I only found the door to the shop because my husband had already found it. Thank goodness he did. There, we found samples of all of Harley Farms’ products. We were treated to their signature flower-adorned chèvre wheel, fromage blanc, herb or lavender honey-infused log, garlic and chive-infused and tomato-basil spreads, and olive oils. Our French national guests loved the samples (France is not the only country to boast excellent cheese makers!). On the other side of the shop, we also could try their bath and body products, like lemony lotion and chunks of soap. Mr. Cheesemonger and I were so impressed by the smooth, creamy lavender honey log, with lavender scattered throughout the past, we had to grab one. It took about 5 days to finish, not bad! We also took home a tub of their chive-garlic chèvre. It was all right–I think the sample had better salting. Our version had garlic and herbs, but we had to add extra salt at home.
When we went to the counter to have our purchases rung up, we had to wait for someone to come out from the cheese making part of the farm. Not a problem! Right after ringing us up, she slipped right out back. Clearly, this cheese sells itself.
Hopefully I can convince Mr. Cheesemonger to make a weekend out of it, and book a dinner in the hayloft.