Last Saturday Michael and I were in Maine visiting family and celebrating our niece Ryleigh’s third birthday. It was a beautiful early-June day and we took a fantastic field trip to a Nigerian dwarf goat dairy called Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland (about 20 – 30 minutes north of Portland).
Friends, I am not what you would describe as an ‘animal person’. Readers who know me well might consider this a significant understatement. There is a very short list of animals that don’t terrify me – my cat, most dogs (at a comfortable distance), chickens, turtles, giraffes, pigs and as it turns out, goats. The owners of the farm were incredibly welcoming and encouraged everyone to visit with the goats, right in their pasture. The older goats were very calm and the ‘kids’ were adorable, sweet and gentle.
Perhaps even more exciting than the goats (for me at least) was the farm’s self serve fridge stocked full with fresh goat cheese! Heaven! We opted for the Garden Herbs & Garlic Chevre and Marinated Chevre soaked in olive oil. After our morning at the farm we all ran home and devoured the cheese before I had a chance to snap a couple photos. I plan on making a return trip this Fall to pick-up some Maine Sea Salt Vanilla Caramels. I’m also thinking about signing-up for a cheesemaking class at the farm – rumor has it you can even help with the evening milking! I can’t begin to articulate how far outside of my comfort zone milking a goat would be, but I think I just might be up for the challenge!