• Harley Farms

     

    Harley Farms, my one-stop shop for everything goat cheese, hides away in the sleepy town of Pescadero. Whether heading to the beach or driving down PCH, I always try to swing by this local gem. The town looks a little run down, but don’t let that turn you away. On the corner of Stage Road, you’ll find the best artichoke soup and a vintage coffee shop filled with quirky antiques. If you lose your way, just follow the girl and her goats, pointing the way to the farm.

     

     

    The property is filled with character, rustic accents and colorful designs. From picnics in the edible gardens to cheese tastings and tours, there are a variety of pastimes to make this stop worthwhile. The peaceful ambiance always draws me in while the farm-fresh quality keeps me coming back for more.

    Known for their award-winning cheese, the shop is filled with gourmet finds–everything from fresh olallieberry nectar to decadent (goat cheese) fudge. Upstairs, the refurbished hayloft holds the rustic table of my dreams. To one side, a patio overlooks the goat pasture while the other side looks out to surrounding hills. I have yet to make it on the list, but Harley Farms is known for hosting candlelit dinners that sell out months in advance (check here for details).

     

     

    If you venture out this way, make sure not to miss the goat cheese ravioli, fudge and (the best) strawberry goat cheese truffles. I also love the lemon curd and habanero seasoning to bring a bit of the farm back home with me.

    Know before you go:

    • The farm is open year-round, but hours vary depending on the season. Make sure to check here beforehand.
    • You can always visit the farm for free, but if you want the “full experience” with a cheese tasting and tour, sign up ahead of time here.
    • The best time of year to visit is spring when the baby goats are around. If you’re extra nice, they’ll sometimes even let you cuddle them (assuming that’s your thing ;).

     

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