A Visit to Redwood Hill Farm

by Marla on May 14, 2012 · 44 comments

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Have I ever told you how much I love my job….I mean really. Look. At. Those. Faces.

Before my visit to Redwood Hill Farm the kids and I were trying to figure out what sound a goat makes. We knew it wasn’t baaaaa, we had a feeling it might be maaaa. It was somewhere in between. I am so excited to share a visual journey of one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen…

Let’s go!

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About an hour and a half north of San Francisco in Sonoma County is the glorious Redwood Hill organic goat farm. This family own biz (since 1968) is the most idealic place to live if you are a goat…

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A chicken…

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A cherry blossom…

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Or a little girl…

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Pictured below are my pals Irvin Lin the talented creator of the blog Eat the Love. The beauty in the glasses is Sabrina from the Tomato Tart.

There is a sweet side that comes out in everyone when they embrace the delights of holding baby animals…

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The super friendly Bice family spent a few hours with us showing us around their farm. Jennifer Lynn Bice took over their family goat farm in 1978, a decade after her parents had started it.

She greatly expanded it’s offerings to include a large variety of goat milk products, beyond just goat milk. There is a wonderful selection of artisan crafted cheeses, yogurt and kefir-milk.

By wonderful I mean award winning amazing!

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Jennifer is filled with great ambition and recently launched Green Valley Organics™, the first lactose free cow dairy products to be available nationwide.

She has great passion for working the farm as do her brothers. Below is Scott.

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And here is David

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David showed us around their organic garden where we feasted on snow peas…

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And gazed upon all of the natural beauty…

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We spent time with 2 day old baby goats, yearlings and watched more mature goats grazing in the open pastures. We even got to see the goats in their little dairy getting milked. These beauties were fed rose petals while being milked. It was a spectacular sight!

The goats on the farm are treated so well. They each have fanciful names that describe their personalities and disposition. Redwood Hill Farm is the first goat dairy in the United States to be Certified Humane.

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There are many reasons why their goats are super happy.

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Have you ever had goat milk, goat cheeses or kefir?

The flavor is a bit different than cow milk cheeses and milks. Goat milk is known to be easier to digest for people who are lactose intolerant. It also has great health benefits.

We had the opportunity to sample the products at a lovely al fresco gathering.

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We nibbled on delights while the goats grazed in the nearby pasture…

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The views down valley were breathtaking too!

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If you are curious about goat milk and foods made with it, lots of questions can be answered on the Redwood Hill Farm webpage. All of their products are listed there too.

Look for Redwood Hill and Green Valley Organics at Whole Foods and healthy living grocery stores near you. You can also shop online at their store. Convenient huh!

If you happen to be in Sonoma County these great folks can give you a tour too! They have a schedule of events you can check out.

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Stay tuned….I will be sharing a super tasty giveaway with a selection Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics products in the next few weeks.

You can stay in touch with Redwood Hill Farm on their blog and Facebook.

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Have you been on any farm tours recently? Do you live on a farm ?~ lucky you if you do!

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Family Fresh Cooking disclosure: I was invited to tour Redwood Hill Farm in Sonoma County. All of my experiences and thoughts are my own opinions. I am thrilled to share them with you on Family Fresh Cooking.

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1 Britt @ The Magnolia Pair May 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

Gorgeous photos Marla! I just love how cute all these littl goats are! What a wonderful little adventure :D

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2 Marla May 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

Thanks Britt! Wish I could head back to the farm this morning. I could use the fresh air and some cute little animals to visit with :)

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3 Rosa May 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

I love goats and goat’s cheese! What a fabulous place. I’d love to taste their produces.

Cheers,

Rosa

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4 Marla May 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

Rosa, you would love their cheeses. I could only imagine how you would use their products in your glorious recipes! Wish you could have been there with me.

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5 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

Marla the images are just so tack sharp and clear and crisp. I want to reach thru the screen and pet a baby animal :) So adorable. What a great trip!

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6 Marla May 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

Thanks Averie! It truly was such a treat to be there :)

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7 Rachel Cooks May 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

What a fun experience, and such pretty pictures!

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8 BatterLicker May 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

Such a great post, and I love their camembert-style goat cheese, Camellia!

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9 Lucy May 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

what a beautiful post – took me back to when I was a child – my mother had goats and made cheese for Harrods in London – thanks for sharing.

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10 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

What a special trip to the farm it looks like you had, Marla! Reminds me so much of my farm life growing up. I bet your kids were crazy about it. Thanks for sharing!

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11 Sabrina Modelle May 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

Marla,
It was so nice to spend time with you at the farm (and in the van). Your photos are just gorgeous and I look forward to seeing you again. Have fun on your big trip. Can’t WAIT for those pix.
PS. I want a baby goat.
X
Sabrina

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12 Angie May 14, 2012 at 11:37 am

Oh those baby goats are too sweet! Goats cheese is so delicious. Looks like you had a great, sunny picturesque day. I love all your photos. The little girl holding the chicken is like a sweet postcard. You are so talented!!!

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13 Denise @ Creative Kitchen May 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

Gorgeous photos!! Wow!!! What a relaxing day. My grandparents had goats when I was growing up. We spent summers with them, and even milked them with my grandma. She made milk and cheese with the goat milk, but my most vivid memory is of having cereal with goat milk for breakfast. It had a certain tang, but was not bad tasting….for a kid, just different. We got use to it! ;)

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14 Kitchen Belleicious May 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm

it sounds amazing and I love the pictures. I just now became a fan of goat cheese, for the past few years I was horrified of it for some reason but I was changed with one taste of real and I do mean real good cheese!

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15 Brooke @ Food Woolf May 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I love Green Valley Organics and Redwood Farm cheeses. How wonderful to see what the farm actually looks like. What a wonderful place to visit!

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16 Marla May 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm

It truly is Brooke. Glad to hear you have enjoyed a great range of their products :)

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17 Cecilie May 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

What a beautiful post! Am proud to have my recipe mentioned here! Thank you.
All the best,
Cecilie

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18 Marla May 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Cecilie, you are welcome! You have some great recipes on your blog :)

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19 scottbice55 May 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Wow Marla, you took some awesome pictures. I love them all! Especially the ones of Nicole and one of our chickens. Thanks for capturing the day!

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20 Marla May 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Hi Scott! Your little gal is absolutely adorable. It was lovely to spend the day with you and your family. Redwood Hill Farm is surely a treat not to miss!

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21 scottbice55 May 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Yes Marla, Our next Open House is June 9th and 10th. We hope some of your friends and fans can make it!

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22 Maria May 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Looks like a fun farm to visit!

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23 David Bice May 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

WOW Marla!
Wonderful blog & stunning photos, thanks so much!!

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24 Marla May 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Hi David! Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing your amazing farm with us :)

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25 Jamie | My Baking Addiction May 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm

What a fun trip and the photos are absolutely beautiful!

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26 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] May 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

It looks like you had such a great time!

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27 carolinaheartstrings May 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Great pictures. That looks like a wonderful place to visit and photograph.

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28 The Healthy Apple May 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

What a fun trip; such amazing photos, Marla. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Hope you are well; have a great night!
xoox

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29 Marla May 15, 2012 at 5:23 am

Hi Amie! Wish you could have joined us on this farm tour ~ absolutely right up your alley!

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30 Jeanette May 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

What a fun event and love all the photos you took – made me feel as if I was right there. Our local farmer’s market just opened this weekend and there are two vendors selling goat products, one soaps, and the other cheeses.

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31 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 15, 2012 at 1:51 am

What a fun event surrounded with beautiful nature and cute farm animals :D

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32 Miss Charming May 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

Wonderful photos! It looks like such a happy place. (And of course, who can resist those cute baby farm animals?)

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33 Marla May 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

Miss Charming, it was hard to say goodbye to those cuties!

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34 Cookin' Canuck May 15, 2012 at 5:53 am

Fabulous photos, Marla! It’s good to see and hear that the goats are treated so well. No wonder the cheese tastes so good!

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35 Marla May 15, 2012 at 11:46 am

Dara, it is true ~ happy goats make happy milk, cheese, yogurt + kefir!

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36 Jenny Flake May 15, 2012 at 6:19 am

I love this Marla! Your photos are so inviting. Makes me want to go buy a baby goat :)

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37 aida mollenkamp May 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

What a gorgeous place to visit, Marla! I hope you ate plenty of goat cheese for the rest of us!

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38 Melissa | Dash of East May 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

These photos are gorgeous. What a fun trip! I’ve always wanted to visit a goat farm, but I think if I do I just might end up kidnapping a baby goat ;)

Thanks for sharing my recipe – goat cheese is one of my absolute favorite ingredients to cook with!

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39 Marla May 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

Melissa, thanks so much for stopping by! Your recipe looks wonderful, my pleasure to share it! I think we all wanted to take home a baby goat that day :)

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40 susan May 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

what a beautiful day you spent at a beautiful place!

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41 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 16, 2012 at 4:11 am

Oh what a fun trip! I just love redwood hill farm’s cheeses.

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42 Kristina Vanni May 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

It looks like you had such a great time. Such beautiful photos-thanks for the story!

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43 Esi May 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Looks like a fun time!

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44 LLB August 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Were the rose petals just top dressing their milking grain for fun or a whole lot of them?

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