Central Coast #1

3 Locations | 70 Miles

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Just an hour south of San Francisco, take Highway 280 to the stunning coastline along Highway One. Take a left onto Pescadero Creek Road and drive 3 miles. You can’t miss the goats in the field to your left at Harley Farms. Wander the farm on your own, playing with the goats (through the fence), seeing the cheesemaking and the lovely gardens. There is a delightful shop with all their cheeses, famous for their flower-studded decorations, along with other unique handcrafted items. Plan ahead for a guided tour. If it’s a Saturday, drive an hour south to Royal Oaks to visit Garden Variety Cheese, a small sheep dairy. Farm tours can be booked online ahead of time. And if you miss one of those, they have a small farmstand where you can pick up their cheeses (Saturdays only). Finally, Schoch Family Farmstead, an organic cow dairy located in Salinas, where you can get the only Monterey Jack still being made in Monterey County. Schoch has a variety of dairy products, all so delicious, and available at their newly opened on-farm shop.

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01 Harley Farms Goat Dairy

Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm, with 200 alpine goats on nine acres of pasture in Pescadero, California. The farm grew from six pet goats to today's herd, with their delicious, critically-acclaimed cheese. In 2011 they purchased the neighboring fields with an historic barn, a hidden orchard and an overgrown garden which is being restored. The Harley Farms chevre, fromage blanc, ricotta and feta cheeses have been consistent winners at the American Cheese Society awards, and hold two international World Cheese Show medals. Visitors may stroll into the farm to see goats and llamas in paddocks and pastures. In the spring, there are often lively babies in Tony's Pen and in the picnic field corral. Don't miss the hayloft with our magnificent fir table and carved chairs, where parties and farm dinners are hosted. The Cheese Shop at the dairy features ricotta, feta, chevre and fromage blanc cheeses, plus a luxurious range of goat milk lotions and soaps, jellies and honey. Make a picnic basket and relax at the outdoor tables.

02Garden Variety Cheese

The 100 milking ewes at Monkeyflower Ranch which produce the milk for Garden Variety Cheese are fed on fresh pasture, alfalfa hay and organic brewer’s grain from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing. Each ewe is named after a garden flower and treated with love and respect. The dairy sheep only produce milk from January to June every year, and spend the dry season pregnant, fattening up for the milking season.

03Schoch Family Farmstead

Schoch Dairy was established in 1944 by brothers who emigrated from Switzerland. Today, the 2nd and 3rd generation run the certified raw dairy. As one of the last dairies in Monterey County, they’re the only local creamery still making the County’s namesake – Monterey Jack, a California original! They recently became only the third certified raw dairy in California. Get one of their bottles of raw milk at the farmer's markets in Aptos and Monterey on Fridays and Saturdays. They have a Farm Store coming soon.