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.

Lila with baby Clyde. 

Lila with baby Clyde. 

Why our goats are special: We hear from everyone who buys our goats that of all the places they visit, our kids are the most friendly. They are like puppies who love to be held and played with. Our two teen daughters bring by hordes of friends to hold the kids as they are born and in the 8 weeks before they are picked up so they love people. 

If you are interested in a milking goat, you can rest assured that we are breeding for the best milkers we can as a licensed dairy. Because our herd is mostly complete this year, we will be selling even our best doelings. A great year for buyers looking to expand or begin a dairy herd.

We ask people to put down a deposit of $50. to reserve a goat early, which will give you first right of refusal on the goats born this spring. In 2013, 19 goats were spoken for before they were born, and the rest shortly after. This year we have 27 goats reserved as of March with around 40 due in late April-early May, so consider early and act quickly.

Once the kids are born, they need 8 weeks with their mom to drink milk and get strong, so in June/July they are ready for new homes. At pick up, people pay the balance which depends on the kid’s mother. Neutered males are $150. The doelings vary in price $250-$350. Bucklings are $300. Goats must be sold in pairs unless they are purchased as a companion for another goat that is already owned by the purchaser.

After you take the goats home (and as you prepare) we are happy to answer questions as they come up. We love our goats and want them and the people who love them to be happy. 

All goats we sell will be disbudded (unless you ask us when they are born to keep the horns), vaccinated, neutered and assigned numbers in case you decide to register and tattoo them.

This year's lucky buck visited in Nov.-Dec 2013. He is a handsome fellow with great coloring so we should have some pretty kids, but even more exciting is his dam's udder. Click on his picture and take a look.

This year's lucky buck visited in Nov.-Dec 2013. He is a handsome fellow with great coloring so we should have some pretty kids, but even more exciting is his dam's udder. Click on his picture and take a look.

We now have some serious dairy stock. As you go through our doe’s pedigrees, you will see some of the finest bloodlines in the country, including: Old Mountain Farm, Twin Creeks, Rosasharn, Prairie Wood, Stonewall, Denning Hill, Spring’s Run, Dawnland, Valley View, Morning Star, Flat Rocks and Fairlea. (I am working to add lineage of each of our does to the Our Goat Herd Page and on adding udder shots.) All of our goats are registered with the American Goat Society (AGS). If you choose to, yours can be too! We will give each new owner registration papers. 

Our whole herd tested negative for CAE and Brucellosis in 2011. Turner Veterinary Service helps us keep all our does and kids in the best possible health. Since then we have tested any new additions. 

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