The View From a Northern California Goat Dairy

| 11/14/2011 11:00:00 PM

Tags: goat, goat dairy, Marin County, Toluma Farm, Tomales, Marin dairy, Callie Murphy,

Callie HeadshotToday marks one week since I started work at Toluma Farms, a small goat dairy in Marin County (a mere 5 minutes from the Pacific Ocean).  Marin County is an hour northwest of San Francisco and fast becoming a "foodie" haven, where folks attracted to locally sourced food can find it in variety and abundance. The region has a long history of dairying due to it's mild weather and abundant pastures; it is host to many small scale farms which are still making livings in cow/goat/sheep dairying and cheese-making businesses today.  

Toluma Farms is currently selling bulk milk to other producers but plans are in motion to start making and selling artisan cheese in 2012. Here is a quick tour around the farm. 


Coastal morning fog



Home uh, sweet, home



The milking parlor and grain tank



The soon to be converted creamery


Callie Murphy
11/17/2011 11:30:34 PM

Hi Dave, today we milked 93 goats...they will start kidding in January and we will probably be milking around 130 at our peak next year. I would say you gotta try some goat and sheep milk cheese, just to say you've tried it, you might even like it!

Nebraska Dave
11/15/2011 8:17:56 PM

Callie, thanks for allowing us to tag along with your experiences at the goat dairy farm. I'll be looking forward to your updates on the goat farm. How many goats do they milk at the Toluma farm? I can't say that I've experienced the tasting of goat cheese or sheep cheese. Have a great goat/sheep day.

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