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.

A FUN FARM RAFFLE! HOw many Baby GoatS will we have this year? Guess correctlY & Win a Season of free cheese!    

THE RAFFLE: Enter our raffle and guess how many kids total will be born and how many of each gender there will be. The tie breakers will be the date and time the first goat of the season is born.  If no one guesses the correct number, the closest guess will be the winner!

THE PRIZE:  The prize is a free product of your choice each week from the farm's self serve cheese fridge. Last year we were open for 32 weeks. Additionally, the winner will be able to schedule a special evening visit for up to 6 to snuggle all the babies in the kids' pen this summer.  Those who live in Maine can pick up their prize at our self serve shop at the farm.  (If you live too far away to visit and are the winner, we will ship you two thoughtfully stocked boxes of Sunflower Farm products, one in the summer and one in the fall. It may include cheese, a calendar, stickers, caramels, fudge and other products. )

COST TO ENTER RAFFLE: The entry fee for guessing is just $15 and helps pay for grain and hay over the winter months when the goats are not producing. 

INFO TO HELP YOU MAKE EDUCATED GUESS: You might take into consideration the following info as you make your guess!  
SPRING 2017: The buck arrived on November 13th and stayed for two full heat cycles. This year we have 23 does in the herd and 20 were bred when we checked on ultrasounds.
SPRING 2016: We had 22 female goats in the herd, but Sonnet, Chianti and Poppy did not get bred. We had 18 does bred and 43 kids (18 bucklings and 25 doelings). 
SPRING 2015: We had 34 total kids born to 17 goats (20 does and 14 bucks).
SPRING 2014: We had 44 born to 16 goats (even split of 22 does and 22 bucks).  

THE FINE PRINT: Our final numbers will reflect all kids who are born alive by mid May. We will notify a winner the same day the last kids are born which likely be in the first week of May. There will only be one winner. The winner, like all visitors to the farm, will collect cheese, caramels, fudge, and/or cajeta on an honor system and does not have to leave money in the jar for up to a total of  32 products over the season which runs from May-Dec.  

HOW DO I PLAY? Use PayPal ADD TO CART Button to Pay for your Virtual Raffle Ticket.  Cost is $15. After you check out, PayPal will bring you to the Raffle Entry Form! You will then Fill out your guesses .  And then... we wait for spring and all those adorable kids to arrive!