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. May-October, our feta, chevre, yogurt, caramels, fudge and cajeta are available Fri-Sun 10:30-5 in our self serve farm shop. Come check out what is available, then relax a bit and 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. And Elsie looks right at our kitchen window and calls us to the barn each morning while we are getting our coffee brewed.

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 Fern and Cinnamon. We find great joy in sharing our lovely goat herd with visitors so that when they eat our chèvre or feta or yogurt 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.

All 59 babies have been matched up with great homes. Interested in our 2020 kids? send us an email!

For a Information about caring for your new goat and a checklist for getting ready Click Here!

For health information for your new goats Click Here!

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. Many visitors come by to hold the kids as they are born and in the 8 weeks before they are picked up, so they love people. 

Lila with baby Clyde.

Lila with baby Clyde.

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 will have a few to sell this summer 2019 and are taking names and email addresses now for 2020 kids. In October we will contact people on the list and collect deposits. 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. (This deposit is nonrefundable, except in the case of unforeseen major life events, as it covers the expenses leading up to kidding and the time we put into communicating and meeting with new owners.) We often complete the deposit list in October, so consider early and act quickly. We love having time to develop a relationship with owners and to make sure all our goats are going to loving well prepared homes each year.

We are so excited to have handsome Dulcimer at the farm this year. He is such a gentle boy. We bought him from Blue Tin Farm with our friends at Toots in N. Yarmouth. He will be helped out this year by adorable buckling Galactic Jack (see above photo) who is sure to make some flashy babies.

We are so excited to have handsome Dulcimer at the farm this year. He is such a gentle boy. We bought him from Blue Tin Farm with our friends at Toots in N. Yarmouth. He will be helped out this year by adorable buckling Galactic Jack (see above photo) who is sure to make some flashy babies.

Once the kids are born, they need 8 weeks with their mom to drink milk and get strong, so in mid June/early 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 and ducklings are $350. 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.

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. 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. Since then any new additions have been from tested herds. Meghan and Kelsey at Annabessacook Veterinary Service helps us keep all our does and kids in the best possible health.

As we have had more and more kids each year, we have focused on energy on communicating with new goat parents and posting to Facebook, and have not posted their pictures on the website, but below are some pics of the kids from earlier years! Check out Facebook for pictures of this years kids as they arrive.