Monday, November 2, 2009

A hidden gem: Pescadero

One of our favorite places to go is down the coast a bit south of San Francisco.  Half Moon Bay is a quiet town about an hour from SF; it has a traditional Main Street with a comfortable feel to it.  There are good places to eat (I recommend Sam's Chowder House on the ocean).  But every time we head to HMB, we make a point of driving a bit further south, to Pescadero.  This is a really small town, with a downtown about one block long.  Duarte's is a long-time staple there, and an excellent place to have lunch. 

Our big secret there, however, is Harley Farms Goat Dairy.  It is a real goat farm, with big goats and little baby goats wandering around the fields out back:

Inside the Harley Farms shop, they offer all kinds of goat cheese for sale.  The Chevre Dill Log is our absolute favorite: 

But I am a big fan as well of the Cranberry Walnut goat cheese: 

And I usually bring back a small goat cheese button, covered in edible flowers, for our friend Jen:

Next time you are near Half Moon Bay, make a detour to Harley Farms in Pescadero.  You will love it.

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