The kids are four months old. They are always keen to see you, because most of the time you're bringing them foodWe kept 49 girls this year and they are old enough now to be one herd. They are used to each other's warmth and comfortThe kids are in a newly fenced run between our house and the hen house. The chickens are making a dash for home; the kids are inspecting the neighborsMark has made a rotating barrel and a seesaw for the kids. They haven't quite worked out the full possibilities of the barrel - it'll be funny to see how quickly they all learn the technique after the first cracks the gameThis is our 25th year - but watching the young goats play is still a joy and a treat
Goat milk is superlative for your skin, a natural combination of vitamins, minerals, alpha-hydroxy acid and essential fatty acids. Our Bath and Body Collection is supremely delicate, effective and wholly natural, ideal protection from age and the environment. This is serious luxury: world-class effective ingredients, hand-made with a sustainable harvest in mind.
Well, a luxury product deserves a luxurious home. We are naturally thrilled to now feature in the world-class Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay.
Our best-selling goat milk soap is aged for a premium bar that keeps its shape and delicate aroma of lavender, rose geranium or lemon verbena. We also make unscented soap and a masculine blend of citrus and spice. Try goat milk soap in the shower every day for noticably softer skinThe Ritz-Carlton Spa, Half Moon Bay makes a blissful splurge if you need a spot of rejuenvenationFind our goat milk lotion, goat milk soaps, bath salts, massage oils and body scrubs in the spa. You can browse our entire collection here Eilís is our Bath and Body Collection mastermind. She is working on more products with deep citrus and spicy scent profiles, as well as a Harley Farms pet shampoo, for your pampered pooches
It's an exquisite late June afternoon
Karolynne is just finishing the wedding altar in the farm secret garden
Cream, dusky purple and faded apricot - elegant, antique colors
The kitchen team are waiting to begin service
The hayloft is decorated - these are the sweepings
and the table is set
Jess is the Cook's assistant tonight
These are Cornish game hens for the omnivorous guests - the cauliflower below is a vegan dish
Hot in the kitchen but serene in the garden
After their champagne toast, guests return to the hayloft garden for hot soup and cheese
apple sausage crostini
roasted pepper crostini
stuffed mini peppers
It's a gentle evening, perfect for this chilled carrot flan served with a mustard tarragon drizzle
This is the sage and brown butter sauce for goat cheese ravioli
The game hens roasted with lemon and rosemary, served with smashed new potatoes and seasonal greens
The apple dumplings will be baked and served with goat milk caramel
Mango pecan crumble is the vegan option
Adriana was on her way to the farm, and just south of Half Moon Bay, when she spotted a turtle in the opposing lane of the highway. There was no way that turtle would make it across the road unharmed. Adriana made a quick u-turn and pulled over. She stepped out into the road and stopped the traffic. A trucker saw what was happening and took over the traffic. Another guy stepped out and said he was from the Ag Board and could take care of the turtle. Adriana said she was from Harley Farms and could take care of the turtle. They high-fived and then Adriana tucked the slider into her car and came on into work.
The turtle is a red eared slider, which are non-native and displace earlier species in the wild. After making it comfortable with some water and lettuce, we had to find it a safe habitat. We couldn't release it in the marsh, so we asked our Facebook readers for a foster home. There were several generous offers, and it went home with our Pescadero neighbor Nancy Raulston. Thank you Nancy!
Pescadero's Root Down Farm brought us twenty Delaware hens, in a nice surprise for the rooster. They are the white with a touch of black chickens: a calm and friendly breed that lays plenty of eggs.
Also last week, we welcomed Joyce Bittner, visiting from her goat dairy farm in Arizona, Fossil Creek Creamery. General manager Lesa and I have been working with the Bittners on expanding and strengthening their products and events for almost two years. Joyce spent a morning in the dairy with Salud making ricotta, and an evening with Eilís making goat milk soap. It was a pleasure to host Joyce and I am looking forward to hearing back from her and her husband John.
Joyce views the feeding routine and the milking parlor. They raise Nubians, the breed with the highly attractive pendulous ears. Nubians are comfortable in Arizona summers - Joyce found the weather here on the coast chilly, though it was an extremely warm day.
It's June. Wedding season is open. And it's also the season for driving Rolls-Royces through farm fields.
An elaborate altar of flowers for your wedding is optional - but irresistible. Lindsay and Garrett chose a classically romantic yet wild combination of colors and shapes - we have a handful of mature gardens and generous gardeners here in Pescadero with wonderful texture and bloom Floral designer Karolynne Meyer pinned succulents one by one to anchor this wispily romantic collection of love in a mist, hydrangea, eucalyptus, amaranthus and anthriscusOur own Adriana is licensed to marry you and conducted the ceremonyKarolynne making the bouquets, corsages and boutonierresOur lavish flower arrangements at the red Upper BarnThe couple's cocktails of the eveningThe front room at the Upper Barn is a staff favorite for partiesWe tucked these two girls into the tiny stable at the barn - the baby on the right is peeping into the party roomLuxury amid the gloriousness of our valleyLindsay's mother walked her down the aisle
After the ceremony, guests walked over the fields to the Upper Barn - some, enchantingly, barefoot but this time the groom got a rideAll three so photogenicThat's a Lindsay's Blue MoonAt the back of the barn you can just see the wedding cake which Karolynne made even prettierMay the rest of your days be as wildly romantic as this evening