Friday, September 6, 2013

surfing goat dairy

surfing goat dairy
Most people probably visit Maui for the beaches, but one of the best things Larry and I did while we were on the island was take a tour of Surfing Goat Dairy in Kula. We petted and fed the goats, learned about how they are raised and milked, and tasted the most delicious goat cheese I've ever had in my life. It was pretty much heaven.

There were surfboards scattered around the farm for the goats to climb on. Also, Surfing Goat's logo was a goat wearing a lei, and their tagline is "Da feta mo betta!" Awesome.
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
Oh, and I took a million pictures of goats:
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
Goat in a chair!

surfing goat dairy
Snuggling goats!

surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
Sleeping goat in a chair!

This guy's name was Pepe. Did you know that billy goats PEE ON THEIR OWN BEARDS to attract females?
surfing goat dairy
While I am definitely not attracted to urine-soaked goat beards, I have been obsessed with goats since I was little and saw them at the county fair.
surfing goat dairy
Larry's been afraid of goats since he was little and a big billy goat knocked him over at the petting zoo and stole his cone of goat feed. (Poor little Larry!) Luckily, Larry grew up to be bigger than a goat, so they couldn't knock him over anymore. (Also, they were behind a fence.)
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
Doesn't this goat look like it belongs on The Simpsons?

One thing we agree on is goat cheese: we both love it! We had actually tasted their cheese before our visit to the dairy - many restaurants in Maui use Surfing Goat Dairy's cheese in their dishes since it's the only goat dairy in Maui (and because it's delicious and fresh, obviously!). I highly recommend the goat cheese pizzas at Flatbread Company in Paia.
surfing goat dairy
We did a tasting of the cheeses first (Our favorite flavor was the Maui Secret - it's marinated in olive oil and olives and combined with fresh herbs - amazing!) and then selected a flight of six flavors and a couple of cold lemonades to enjoy as we watched the antics of the goats on the farm. There was one old retired nanny goat who kept escaping from her pen. Once she was free she would run gleefully down the road with her udder swinging until one of the farm dogs herded her back to her enclosure.
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
surfing goat dairy
Beautiful scenery, adorable goats, and delicious cheese is pretty much the definition of a perfect vacation day for me! Now how do I get my hands on some more of that cheese? And a baby goat for my very own?

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Awesome post, Rachel! The goat pictures are stunning & that cheese flight looks delicious. And, as always, your hilarious captions are my favorite part. :)

Jonathan Hopwood said...

This is awesome! Except for the petting goats part. I'd just eat more cheese.

littlegreenfieldbook veronika said...

Having a goat cheese farm is totally one of my dreams! I love goats!