Chevre (Harley Farms)
Located in Pescadero, California, Harley Farms is a restored dairy farm that dates back to 1910. Owned and run by Dee Harley, a native of Britain, this is the only remaining dairy in San Mateo County, a once thriving dairy region. Having originally started with six pet goats, Harley Farms is now home to about 200 American Alpine goats, of which 80-90 are milking does. The goats produce approximately 200 gallons of milk each day, which goes into producing Harley Farms’ four different farmstead cheeses: Fresh Chevre, Fromage Blanc, Feta and Ricotta. The Chevre in particular is instantly recognizable for its wonderfully decorated exterior, consisting of edible flowers. For production of the Fresh Chevre, the milk is pasteurized at the lowest possible temperature in order to retain as much of the character of the milk as possible. The curd is also handled very gently to preserve the high moisture and delicate texture of the cheese. The fresh cheese is allowed to drain for two days before being formed into discs and decorated with the edible flowers. Flavors are fresh, milky and sweet with slight vegetal notes. The texture is fragile and delicate.