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.

 

OUR 2017 kids arE all spoken for, but if you would like to be on our waiting list For 2018, send us an email. 

For past sales and kid pictures in years 2010-2013 click here.

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

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. 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. 

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 are taking names and email addresses now for next years kids. Putting in your name will get you on the list. 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.) In 2015, we completed the deposit list in October 2014, so consider early and act quickly. We love that we develop a relationship with owners and are 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 and will be sharing him for the next couple of years. 

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 and will be sharing him for the next couple of years. 

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

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. 

2015 KIDS IN PHOTO GALLERY BELOW!

RECORD OF Spring 2014 Kids Below

Elsie's kids have all been sold. Thanks to the Brooks, Rosignol and Wainwright family!

Elsie's kids have all been sold. Thanks to the Brooks, Rosignol and Wainwright family!

Thanks to the Heyburn Family  (Rosie/ now Pippen) and Steve Riley (Ringo) two of the kids are sold. We are keeping Rocky at the farm since he is the smallest goat we have ever seen and has developed devoted fans who like to visit him! 

Thanks to the Heyburn Family  (Rosie/ now Pippen) and Steve Riley (Ringo) two of the kids are sold. We are keeping Rocky at the farm since he is the smallest goat we have ever seen and has developed devoted fans who like to visit him! 

Thanks to Sheryl Simpson these kids are both sold!

Thanks to Sheryl Simpson these kids are both sold!

Tiger's kids are all sold! Thanks to the Smiths and Heyburns! Bailey now Aberdeen! Great name!

Tiger's kids are all sold! Thanks to the Smiths and Heyburns! Bailey now Aberdeen! Great name!

Maggie sold to Melanie, Mabel to Steve, and Milton to the Perry family. Thanks!

Maggie sold to Melanie, Mabel to Steve, and Milton to the Perry family. Thanks!

Nutmeg sold to the Blakes, Chutney to The Perry Family. Thanks!

Nutmeg sold to the Blakes, Chutney to The Perry Family. Thanks!

Beatrice sold to the Legere family. Clover and Midas are going home together with Ron and Joan! Mason is going home with the Fairbanks! 

Beatrice sold to the Legere family. Clover and Midas are going home together with Ron and Joan! Mason is going home with the Fairbanks! 

Pearl sold to the Legere family. Tom Brady is going home with Merritt and her family.  Buttercup is joining Trisha's small  herd in New Swenden!

Pearl sold to the Legere family. Tom Brady is going home with Merritt and her family.  Buttercup is joining Trisha's small  herd in New Swenden!

Rue is going to be headed to NY with Natasha.  Thanks to The Blakes who will be taking home Rhubarb. Lupin is going all the way to New Brunswick with Kim and 10 lucky children! The goat will be well loved! Thistle is going home with the Hamilton family. 

Rue is going to be headed to NY with Natasha.  Thanks to The Blakes who will be taking home Rhubarb. Lupin is going all the way to New Brunswick with Kim and 10 lucky children! The goat will be well loved! Thistle is going home with the Hamilton family. 

Thanks to the Grovers this sweet pair has found a home. They are such snugglers!

Thanks to the Grovers this sweet pair has found a home. They are such snugglers!

Sansa will be headed to NY with Rue to live with Natasha and her family. Arya will be going home with Merritt and her family. Leo is going home with the Hamilton family. 

Sansa will be headed to NY with Rue to live with Natasha and her family. Arya will be going home with Merritt and her family. Leo is going home with the Hamilton family. 

Lola is going home with Mary W. Max is going to New Brunswick Canada with Lupin. 

Lola is going home with Mary W. Max is going to New Brunswick Canada with Lupin. 

The sweet sisters get to go together to Naples with the Allen family. 

The sweet sisters get to go together to Naples with the Allen family. 

Calypso was so cute she enticed the Brooks family to buy three goats instead of the 2 they had planned on! Zephyr went home with Melanie Nichols. 

Calypso was so cute she enticed the Brooks family to buy three goats instead of the 2 they had planned on! Zephyr went home with Melanie Nichols. 

Fergus and Angus, two total love bugs, went home with Kristi Potter. Khaleesi was the one doe we kept at Sunflower Farm this year, and Radish went  with the Grovers who also couldn't resist adding a third to the two they had already chosen!

Fergus and Angus, two total love bugs, went home with Kristi Potter. Khaleesi was the one doe we kept at Sunflower Farm this year, and Radish went  with the Grovers who also couldn't resist adding a third to the two they had already chosen!

The last goat of the season to deliver, Bonnie was also the only one who only had one kid. Thanks to our neighbor, a friend and my mom who were there for GoGo and Bonnie, when we had to be at work! It was the only delivery we missed of 16.   In total 44 kids. 22 does and 22 bucklings (all sold as wethered pets this year.) 

The last goat of the season to deliver, Bonnie was also the only one who only had one kid. Thanks to our neighbor, a friend and my mom who were there for GoGo and Bonnie, when we had to be at work! It was the only delivery we missed of 16.  

In total 44 kids. 22 does and 22 bucklings (all sold as wethered pets this year.)