'Miracle' Baby Goats Born Just in Time For Harley Farms Christmas Faire

Harley Farms, Pescadero
Harley Farms, Pescadero
Christmas came early at Harley Farms in Pescadero with the surprise birth of twin goats last week.

The restored 1910 dairy farm, with 200 alpine goats on nine acres of pasture, is expecting even more babies this month, just in time for their annual Harley Farm Christmas Faire on Dec. 14-15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They're calling the births a "miracle" not a "mistake."

"You know how you're never quite sure whether a goat is pregnant or just chubby? No - just us, then? We have December babies here  ... Holstein got into the wrong pen at the wrong time," it states on the farm's website about the news.

The baby goats and farm llamas will be greeting guests at the holiday faire this weekend. Visitors can shop the faire with many local artisans offering hand-crafted gifts, including felted knitwear, sea glass jewelry, hand-forged pewter, ornaments, soaps and lotions, greeting cards, hand-made quilts, re-purposed burlap totes and handbags, non-toxic goat milk paint, candles and delicious pantry provisions. 

Home-made food will also be available for purchase paired with live music to be enjoyed both days next to the freshly painted red barn along-side picnic tables. Some of the specialty food items will include dark chocolate chevre and habanero jelly truffles, rustic cheesecakes, home-made soup, hot apple cider, locally-made tomales and pulled pork sandwiches. 

Americana/Roots guitarist Billy Manzik will play from 1-3pm on Saturday, December 14 and The Light house String Band will play traditional Celtic sounds on Sunday, December 15 from 2-5pm.

Many non-profits will be joining in on the Farm fun, too. The Pescadero Elementary School and Coast Side Home School Group will sell gifts hand-made by students will all proceeds going directly back to the school to support educational programs. The Pescadero Thrift shop will sell vintage items with all sales benefitting the South Coast Children’s Services. And Senior Dog Rescue Muttville, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs, will be on hand at the Farm on Sunday, Dec. 15 holding open pooch adoptions. 

Arts and Crafts Workshops will be offered both days at the Faire. Farm guests can learn wreath making, wet felting or Linoleum Block Printing. Limited spots available, go to http://www.harleyfarms.com/ for signup information.

Wreath Workshop
Make a Wreath of Rustic Greenery
Join our stylist Meryl in the goat nursery to build a generous wreath of redwood, fir, juniper, arizona cypress and cedar. Get your whole family involved and take home a gorgeously scented decoration for your front door.
$35 per person – (includes one wreath - $35 for each additional)
Saturday Dec 14 – 3pm
Limit 10 people

Felting Workshop

Make a Felted Goat Ornament and Felt Garland 
Bring the family to our wet felting workshop, where you'll take soft merino wool and learn how to felt the fibers into shapes. Make a felted goat and a garland of felted woolen balls in solid, mixed or swirled colors. 
$35 per person (includes one ornament and one garland - $35 for each additional)

Sunday Dec 15 – 1pm
Limit 10 people

Linoleum Block Printing Workshop
Make a Lino Block and Print
Join farm artist Teri, designer of our jumpy goat logo, to make your own lino block and print. You'll carve your design into linoleum and print using a hand press. This could be your own line of holiday cards, a stencil to decorate furniture or walls, or your own logo.
$35 per person
Saturday Dec 14 – 1pm
Sunday Dec 15 – 3pm
Limit 10 people

Harley Farms Goat Dairy is located at 205 North Street in Pescadero.


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