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.

Tiny Angels Bambi's Sonnet (solid as a rock)

Sonnet is an amazingly calm, cool and collected doe. Nothing phases this goat. Not to mention that everyone who comes to the farm mentions her lovely multicolored coat and blue eyes. On top of all that she is one of our top producers and polled, so her kids have a chance of not having to be disbudded. She is easy to milk. Her teats point a bit backward, but she more than makes up for this small flaw with top production throughout the season. She has never been sick, kids easily and takes great care of her babies. 

 

July 3013 - 8 weeks fresh.

July 3013 - 8 weeks fresh.

Sonnet Spring 2013.

Sonnet Spring 2013.

Born:  April 26, 2006.

She was the only one born to her dam, since then she has had 3 doelings in 2012 (we kept all three Stella, May & Greta and they are amazing!) and 3 bucklings in 2013 (not sure about earlier kiddings as we got her in 2011). 

Sonnet was bred by Melonie Kaufmann.  

She is one of our top milkers, so her doelings will be sold for $350. each. Her three girls are all bred this year and we can't wait to see their kids. May is also polled. 

  

 

Notes on Reading AGS Abbreviations: *D is a doe that has a milk star, could be one-day or 305-day 2*D, 3*D, etc indicates the number of generations of milk stars. A 2*D means a doe and her dam both have their milk stars. There are some 9*D or 10*D goats out there, but they're rare, but that means nine or ten generations of does with milk stars. Some people (like us) don't do the milk tests or showing that can earn stars, so a goat without the stars...can still be a star!

Notes on Reading AGS Abbreviations:

*D is a doe that has a milk star, could be one-day or 305-day

2*D, 3*D, etc indicates the number of generations of milk stars. A 2*D means a doe and her dam both have their milk stars. There are some 9*D or 10*D goats out there, but they're rare, but that means nine or ten generations of does with milk stars.

Some people (like us) don't do the milk tests or showing that can earn stars, so a goat without the stars...can still be a star!