Goat Gala From Ferry Market to Redwood Hill Farm
Gotta like those kids! No, I don’t mean your bratty little darlings… Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture and Northern California makers of goat milk products celebrate goats and their commitment to human health with the Second Annual Goat Festival on April 16 at Ferry Plaza Market in San Francisco.
At the Goat Festival, Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery will present their amazing array of delicious lactose-free goat dairy, and a small troupe of cute little baby goats, who will also star at the Redwood Hill Spring Farm Tours in April and May in Sebastopol, California.
Being a responsible sugar-conscious consumer of delicious dairy, this reviewer prefers plain yogurt over anything advertised as digestive health-friendly, yet loaded with sweet calories. However, cow milk plain yogurts can be hit or miss – either tasteless or too sour. Not the case with the goat milk plain yogurt – it’s creamy and subtle, and you can never get tired of its mild and pleasing taste. Apricot-mango, blueberry, strawberry, vanilla, and other Redwood Hill Farm yogurts are gluten-free, contain no refined sugar, and keep their sweet calories at a rather low level.
While a variety of goat cheeses quickly became a staple of our everyday consumption, goat kefir is a relatively new kid on the block, and the one that promises to become everybody’s favorite. I was thoroughly impressed with Blueberry Pomegranate Kefir, Mango Orange Pineapple Kefir and a traditional plain, which is a great substitute for buttermilk, sour- or sweet cream, and milk – be it in pancakes, waffles, mashed potatoes, cream soups, or any baked goods. My favorite use of goat kefir – blended with ice cream in a mixer for a decadent milk shake.
Both goat yogurt and kefir are made of pure 100% goat milk, and contain all the necessary live cultures.
Redwood Hill Spring Farm Tours on April 9-10 and May 7-8 will introduce the public to the Bice family’s award-winning goat herd, including its youngest and cutest members who you can pet and play with.
Bring a cooler with ice packs to stock on some award-winning goat cheese, milk, yogurt and kefir at the farm store. Redwood Hill Farm is located at 5480 Thomas Road, Sebastopol, California. Call 1-707-823-8250 or visit their website.