Fresh from the Little Goat Dairy by the River
While the FoodieTots is on our annual trip out west, in pursuit of farmstead cheese, tasty microbrews and fine pinot, I’m sharing a tale of our ’07 visit to this charming goat dairy nestled in Oregon’s coast range. Hopefully we will be nibbling on their hazelnut torte as you read this!
On our way back from the Oregon coast, we visited Rivers Edge Chevre, a tiny goat dairy that was having their second anniversary wine and cheese festival. The farm is located in a beautiful valley in the coast range. They recently won several awards at the 2007 American Cheese Society Competition. The cheese was phenomenal – the winery (Madrone Mountain) had port-style wines that were a little sweet for my taste. But the cheeses… yum. They had goat cheese tortes with flavors like olive tapenade, sun-dried tomato pesto, basil pesto, and roasted hazelnut and frangelico which was the toddler’s favorite. (I had to cut him off for fear of him getting drunk off cheese ;-).) I really enjoyed the Sunset Bay, “an ash-coated wheel with a deep vein of paprika.” We took the hazelnut torte back to the grandparents’ and enjoyed it on toast every morning for breakfast.
And the little herd of friendly goats kept the toddler and his cousin well entertained.
originally published 09.10.07