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

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4 Responses to “Fresh from the Little Goat Dairy by the River”

  1. Nazarina Andrychow

    Hi Foodie Tot,

    I just visited the Oregon coast in May and was amazed at all the beautiful lighthouses. I was so taken by the fog and its air of mystery!
    I left you another comment yesterday, but I guess it did not post. It is to pass on the “Beautiful Site Award” to you. I feel we share a common goal that is to support our local farmers! Here is the link for the award!

    http://giddygastronome.blogspot.com/2008/08/award-hooray.html

  2. Virginia Lyons, dairy goat owner

    If you get to East Texas, you’ll love our jack-jalapeno pepper cheese.

  3. Tiffany

    Oh, that cheese does sound delicious!

  4. foodietots
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    @ Nazarina – Why, thank you! The first comment was tagged as spam, but I’ve corrected that. So sweet of you to pass the award on to me. And yes, the Oregon coast is remarkably beautiful.

    @ Virginia – I will definitely keep that in mind should I find myself in your part of Texas. Sounds terrific!

    @ Tiffany – yes, it was. Unfortunately we didn’t sample it this trip, but had quite a few others!

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