Sunflower Farm Creamery

Nigerian Dwarf Dairy

Welcome to Sunflower Farm - where all the romance of farm life is still very much a reality. Looking for delicious local cheese made in small daily batches? You have come to the right place. Depending on the time of year, our feta, chevre, caramels, fudge and cajeta is available at Eventide Specialties in Boothbay Harbor & Walnut Hill Market in N. Yarmouth. You may also come directly to the farm Fri-Sun 10-6 to enjoy products the self serve fridge and to watch the goats grazing in the field.

We giggle when folks visiting ask us if all the goats have names. Not only do they all have names, they all have distinct calls we know even from the kitchen, they each have preferences for their favorite treats, and places they most love to be scratched. In the milkroom each mama has their own approach to our time together: Matilda likes to be milked without her head closed in to the head gate. GoGo insists that she be milked one side at a time. After Rosemary is milked, she waits on the milk stand for a few minutes of love before she is ready to hop down and go about her day. 

There are lots of hot words in the sustainable food movement. Some mean very different things depending on who is using them and for what purpose, but for us, “local” dairy products are unique because each bite is intimately connected to the way the animals at our farm live. Even a town over, the goats are eating different grass, enjoying a different breeze, their milk is not from Stella and May and Sonnet. We find great joy in sharing our lovely goat herd with visitors so that when they eat our chèvre or feta or caramels, they taste even better because they are remembering a sunny summer day in the field with our herd. Hopefully you can taste the love.

Yoga in the field Thursdays 5:30-6:30 June, July & August.  This year, most classes will be lead by the amazing Gretchen Campos of Greener Postures Yoga! Hoping to get some other teachers from last summer back as well. All classes are donation, all level classes and end with goat snuggles. And... since the self serve fridge is open Fri-Sun, people who attend yoga get early dibs on all the weekends treats! Hope to see you all back again this summer and to meet many new folks in the field as well.  (I am excited to be doing my teacher training so hopefully expanded yoga class offerings will be part of our farm future.)

Yoga in the field Thursdays 5:30-6:30 June, July & August. 

This year, most classes will be lead by the amazing Gretchen Campos of Greener Postures Yoga! Hoping to get some other teachers from last summer back as well. All classes are donation, all level classes and end with goat snuggles. And... since the self serve fridge is open Fri-Sun, people who attend yoga get early dibs on all the weekends treats! Hope to see you all back again this summer and to meet many new folks in the field as well. 
(I am excited to be doing my teacher training so hopefully expanded yoga class offerings will be part of our farm future.)

Farm Workshops

Cooking up some cool winter classes now! Winter Classes will be live Soon! Once they are set, the LEARN MORE button will take you directly to class descriptions, sign up, and payment. 

Sunflower Farm Offers Workshops Year Round! Our goal is to provide a break from the daily grind and a window into the most human parts of yourself. While our workshops offer diverse explorations,  each experience is grounded in creativity, community and connections to nature. Of course, a visit with the goat herd is part of every gathering! 

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Art Explorations

Perhaps you have been so busy keeping up with life that you have not had time to honor your creative side. Life moves more slowly at the farm and there is all the space you need here to take an afternoon for yourself and delve into a creative project.

Come paint, write, make a small felted goat or a piece of jewelry. Goats are brave and independent. Channel that feeling as you crafts something that reflects their spirit and your own unique identity. 

You will leave with evidence of your creative power and might just go home eager to make space in your days to create more.

To find out more about the next art class, an intro to felting workshop on Saturday, April 8th 9-12 and to reserve your spot before it fills up, click link below. 

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Food & Local Culture

May through December we offer periodic cheese classes for beginner cheese makers exploring Farmer's Cheese, Chèvre, Feta and Cajeta. Every class is a mixture of tasting, creating and learning. Choose some fresh ingredients from the farm's herb garden and mix up your own goat cheese to take home to share. At the end of class try your hand at goat milking. Some wine and laughter always mixed in for good measure!

Once the cheese season winds down, come inside for intimate cooking classes. Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that can only be experienced when we slow down enough to savor everyday beauty.  While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, it can be captured in the ideas of cosiness, charm, happiness, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness. It is this concept that will be at the heart of our winter workshops. Cozy up to new recipes which use the best local ingredients and international inspiration to delight your senses. Meet new friends who love food, a warm fire and memorable conversation as much as you do! 

To find out more about the next cooking  class Saturday, February 04, 2017 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM and to reserve your spot before it fills up, click link below. 

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Farm Fun

Always wanted to own your own herd, but nervous about learning the details of goat care? Or maybe you are interested in pretending you have a farm for a few hours without any of the responsibility? We have opportunities for everyone.

Come for a one hour goat yoga class in the field, followed by goat visiting and cheese tasting every Thursday during June, July & August.

Or come to our spring Intro to Goats Class and learn to trim hooves, milk a goat and give shots. Bringing home kids this spring and feel a little nervous? Then this class is an excellent chance to ask lots of questions and to connect with others who are getting goats for the first time.

To find more about the next farm fun class and to reserve your spot before it fills up, click link below. 

EDUCATIONAL VISITS FOR GROUPS OF ALL AGES & SIZES We welcome educational visits from groups of all sizes and all ages. We have been classroom teachers for 25 years and are enjoying the opportunity the farm provides to connect people to their food sources in meaningful ways. We can work with schools, nursing homes, daycares, tour groups and families to design an educational experience geared specifically to your needs and interests. Your Farm Visit might include: pasture time, tasting of products, games in the field, acting out a goat related story with our goat kids, time to hold goat kids, Cheese making, a goat milking demo, learning about the animals on our farm, animal care and our products.   Prices depend on the size of a group, the length of the visit and what you would like to be part of your experience while at Sunflower Farm. Please call or email Hope to chat about possibilities.  Some groups in the past have come to do sketch work for art class, to write in journals, to have a physical experience as a break from desk work, and to learn more about small farming in Maine. Families sometimes come for a crash course on goat ownership so they can learn to clip hooves, milk a goat and ask lots of questions. If you have original ideas for your group, just let us know, we would be happy to make it happen. Prefer to let us design a visit we know your group will love? Give us the info on the group and leave the rest up to us so you can enjoy the day.

EDUCATIONAL VISITS FOR GROUPS OF ALL AGES & SIZES

We welcome educational visits from groups of all sizes and all ages. We have been classroom teachers for 25 years and are enjoying the opportunity the farm provides to connect people to their food sources in meaningful ways. We can work with schools, nursing homes, daycares, tour groups and families to design an educational experience geared specifically to your needs and interests. Your Farm Visit might include: pasture time, tasting of products, games in the field, acting out a goat related story with our goat kids, time to hold goat kids, Cheese making, a goat milking demo, learning about the animals on our farm, animal care and our products.  

Prices depend on the size of a group, the length of the visit and what you would like to be part of your experience while at Sunflower Farm. Please call or email Hope to chat about possibilities.  Some groups in the past have come to do sketch work for art class, to write in journals, to have a physical experience as a break from desk work, and to learn more about small farming in Maine. Families sometimes come for a crash course on goat ownership so they can learn to clip hooves, milk a goat and ask lots of questions. If you have original ideas for your group, just let us know, we would be happy to make it happen. Prefer to let us design a visit we know your group will love? Give us the info on the group and leave the rest up to us so you can enjoy the day.

CHEESE CLASSES IN THE CHEESE KITCHEN Looking for a fresh way to spend a few hours? Come have a tasty and memorable afternoon learning how to make cheese with other fun adults from May-November!  Check our calendar and Facebook page for upcoming classes.  The cost is $60. a person for 3 hours. We will go over the process for chevre and feta, make a quick Farmer's cheese, make cajeta, and mix up some chevre of your own design for you to take home. (Cool ingredient ideas or edible decorations? Bring them along...but we'll have lots here.) You'll leave with lots of treats and the ability to make cheese at home. If you like, you can help out with evening milking (and goat snuggling) before heading home for supper.  Can also do more simple class for groups looking to learn a bit about milk and cheese and who want to mix up their own chevre to bring home.  This activity would be 1.5 hours and cost $30. per person.  If you are interested in signing up for a future class email sunflowerfarmcreamery@gmail.com or call 829-8347.

CHEESE CLASSES IN THE CHEESE KITCHEN

Looking for a fresh way to spend a few hours? Come have a tasty and memorable afternoon learning how to make cheese with other fun adults from May-November!  Check our calendar and Facebook page for upcoming classes. 

The cost is $60. a person for 3 hours. We will go over the process for chevre and feta, make a quick Farmer's cheese, make cajeta, and mix up some chevre of your own design for you to take home. (Cool ingredient ideas or edible decorations? Bring them along...but we'll have lots here.) You'll leave with lots of treats and the ability to make cheese at home. If you like, you can help out with evening milking (and goat snuggling) before heading home for supper. 

Can also do more simple class for groups looking to learn a bit about milk and cheese and who want to mix up their own chevre to bring home.  This activity would be 1.5 hours and cost $30. per person. 

If you are interested in signing up for a future class email sunflowerfarmcreamery@gmail.com or call 829-8347.

SUPER SIMPLE PHOTO SESSIONS AT THE FARM Looking for a reasonably priced collection of photos for a special event or just to capture the sweetness of a particular age? We are not professional photographers, but love the smiles that the farm brings to light and the fun of getting them recorded! Come for a half hour photo shoot, we'll take lots of sweet farm photos and send them to you within 24 hours. The cost is $50. and Sunflower Farm reserves the right to use photos for publicity purposes.  Senior photos, family photos, kid pics, prom pictures...we are ready to get your smile just right! Don't love the pictures? We'll rip up the check.

SUPER SIMPLE PHOTO SESSIONS AT THE FARM

Looking for a reasonably priced collection of photos for a special event or just to capture the sweetness of a particular age? We are not professional photographers, but love the smiles that the farm brings to light and the fun of getting them recorded! Come for a half hour photo shoot, we'll take lots of sweet farm photos and send them to you within 24 hours. The cost is $50. and Sunflower Farm reserves the right to use photos for publicity purposes.  Senior photos, family photos, kid pics, prom pictures...we are ready to get your smile just right! Don't love the pictures? We'll rip up the check.