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March 18, 2012

Beach, Goats, and Olallieberry Pie

Last weekend, my mom and I took a trip to the coast. We started with a short walk around Bean Hollow State Beach. The sky was blue, the view was gorgeous, the rocks were covered in seals... and the trail was lined with my nemesis! So far, no outbreak. Now that it's been a week, my scratching paranoia has died down and I'm cautiously optimistic that I'm safe.

We continued on to Harley Farm in Pescadero. Harley Farms is the only farmstead dairy in California, and one of the few remaining in the U.S. This means they control all aspects of their cheese production, from the grasses the goats eat and how the goats are raised to each detail of the cheese production. They let people tour the farm and dairy, play with their goats, and taste their cheese.

The farm has around 200 goats and a lama, who protects all the goats. Here is my mom, standing next to the stately protector.


We first met some of the pregnant mother goats, and then continued on to the week old kids.

Hi there.
One of the momma goats gave birth to three kids an hour before we arrived. All together now: Awwwww...



They decorate some of their cheeses with edible flowers, also grown on the farm. I asked about possible internships in their cheese decorating department. Waiting to hear back.


After the farm, we made a stop at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero to have some of their acclaimed half and half soup (half cream of artichoke, half cream of green chili) and a slice of their olallieberry pie. Yeah, I was skeptical too, but I guess it's a legit berry. You can even pick them at a few farms in Pescadero.


  
All in all, this was a really nice and relaxing day trip. If you're in northern California and want to get away from Silicon Valley for awhile, go check out Pescadero!
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