SanMateo2When it comes to family-friendly activities in San Mateo County, California, visiting Harley Farms, an idyllic goat dairy in Pescadero, California, is among the best.

Harley Farms was a working dairy farm in 1910, but stood dormant and neglected for a while before being lovingly restored to its original purpose by Deborah “Dee” Harley.

Now Harley Farms is home to 200 alpine goats on nine aces of pasture. They live happy, frolicking lives and are milked to produce critically acclaimed cheese.

Besides chevre, formage blanc, ricotta, and feta cheese, Harley Farms also produces goat milk bath, beauty lotions and farm milk paint.

SanMateo1The Harley Farms chevre, fromage blanc, ricotta and feta cheeses are consistent winners at the American Cheese Society awards, and hold two international World Cheese Show medals.

How about that? At Harley Farms I ate some of the best-rated cheese in the world, according to the World Cheese Show. Because who else would be rating cheese? Obviously, World Cheese Show people.

Harley Farms is open year-round for farm and dairy tours, retreats, and events! Tour visitors see a working farm, and watch the milk move from goat to dairy, from curd to cheese. The farm is open Wednesday-Sunday for unscheduled visits.