Thursday, May 28, 2009


May 28th, 2009

(Herndon, VA, U.S.A., May 28, 2009) – Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC), the leading non-profit certification organization improving the lives of farm animals in food production, announced today that it recognized Girasole Restaurant (The Plains, VA), Mala Ocean Tavern (Maui, HI), and Ono Gelato Company (Paia, HI) for their commitment to purchasing Certified Humane Raised and Handled® products for their menus.

The Certified Humane™ designation assures consumers that meat, poultry, egg or dairy products have been produced according to HFAC's precise standards for humane farm animal treatment. Animals must receive a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones and must be raised with shelter, resting areas and space sufficient to support natural behavior. Since the HFAC program was unveiled in May 2003, more than 65 companies, representing hundreds of farms and millions of farm animals, have been certified.

Outside of HFAC's producer certification, the restaurant recognition program was developed to acknowledge restaurants and chefs who support the goals of Humane Farm Animal Care, and are dedicated to using Certified Humane™ products whenever they are available.

Girasosle Restaurant in The Plains, Virginia is a family-owned Italian restaurant that sources and promotes Certified Humane Raised and Handled® beef, veal, chicken, pork and turkey products from Ayrshire Farm ( For more information about Girasole visit

Mala Ocean Tavern in Maui, Hawaii is a water front restaurant that procures its goat cheese from Surfing Goat Dairy (, a local Certified Humane™ producer of goats milk cheeses. For Mark Ellman, chef/owner, the decision came naturally as the restaurant specializes in fresh organic fare. For more information about Mala Ocean Tavern, visit

Also in Hawaii, Ono Gelato Company in Paia uses lilikoi quark cheese from Surfing Goat Dairy to make lilikoi quark gelato. The gelateria is operated with Farm to Fork ethics, supporting local farming communities and using Certified Humane ™ and organic ingredients when possible. For more information visit,

HFAC's Animal Care Standards were developed by a veritable "Who's Who" of national and international animal scientists and farm-animal welfare experts. Producer compliance with the HFAC standards is verified through annual on-site visits by HFAC's third-party inspectors.
HFAC is a national nonprofit organization supported by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), regional and local animal protection organizations, foundations and individuals.
More information is available at HFAC's website,

Ono Gelato and Mala are both our customers and we would like to say a big CONGRATS to them.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Mother's Day Brunch 2009 Menu

Sunday, May 10th, 10-1, $49 p.p.


Selection of fresh coffee and Gourmet teas, breads, croissants, jams and jellies, Black Forest Ham, Prosciutto di Parma, Serrano Ham, French/Spanish/Italian Salamis, “Grizzly Food”, boiled eggs, selection of cheeses, cereals, Quark, fruits


My Grandma’s German Pancakes either sweet with fruits
or savory with bacon (my favorite) or smoked salmon


“Cod Nicoise” and “Shrimps Provencal” with Aioli, and
My Mom’s Braised Pork Fillets larded with old Gouda,
Potatoes, Thyme Rice, Vegetables


“Fruit Quark”, fresh fruits, Lilikoi cheesecake

Menu list is subject to changes depending on availability.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Adopt a Goat

Yes, believe it or not you can actually adopt a goat on our farm. You can pick one of them out and give it a name and we do all the work to take care of it. Here are pictures of the 2 adopted goats we have on the farm right now.

The larger one is Daisy and the other one is Kolohe.

They are adopted by Sharon McCann and she lives in California. She fell in love with them while she was here visiting. If you are interested in adopting a goat for yourself or as a gift, please contact us. We send you monthly pictures, or you can visit them, and we invoice you on a monthly basis for their care...A great pet, with none of the real work, sound great to me!


New York Post


Posted: 2:45 am
September 30, 2008

'VE VERE bored in Hamburg," Eva Kafsack mused, eyeing me as I downed a handful of her divinely creamy chevre.

Had I made a wrong turn at the sugarcane factory and ended up in a Monty Python sketch ("blessed are the cheesemakers . . .")?

Nein. The retired German teacher (as in, a teacher from Germany) sitting across from me and next to her former software-entrepreneur husband, Thomas, was the real deal. She was a goat farmer, transplanted from Germany to Maui's fertile "upcountry."

Sugar may have once been king hereabouts, but these days, the most popular island in the Hawaiian chain has diversified; the organic/sustainable/eat-local phenomenon that is sweeping the western world is taking off in Hawaii Land, as well.

Many of the places that practice it - not just the Surfing Goat Dairy but also a winery and a variety of farms - also open their doors to visitors. Here are several of Maui's top agritourism stars, all within an easy drive of most resorts.

On the gentle lower slopes of Mount Haleakala, the Kafsacks have run their 42-acre operation with 110 to 250 goats since 2003.

They'll offer various tours (from $7), as well as tastings of their 30 flavors of award-winning soft cheeses (try the lavender), which they've sold at mainland retailers including Fairway here in NYC.


Sunset Magazine Favorite Goat Cheeses

Surfing Goat Dairy

Why: Because who knew goats could surf? Just kidding. The cute Ping Pong Ball cheeses from this small, family-owned dairy on the slopes of Maui's Haleakala crater had the creamiest texture of any goat cheese we tasted, with a balanced, mild hint of garlic.

Kula’s Surfing Goat Dairy a finalist for business award

Kula’s Surfing Goat Dairy a finalist for business award

The Maui News
POSTED: March 20, 2009

HONOLULU - Surfing Goat Dairy, located in Kula, is one of three finalists for a Hawaii Better Business Bureau 2009 Torch Award for in the small-business category.
The category covers businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

Winners will be announced during an awards luncheon April 29 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort & Spa in Honolulu.

Other nominees in the same category are Hawaii Pacific Entertainment, Hawaii Self Storage and ING Direct, according to a bureau announcement.

Surfing Goat Dairy is located on 42 acres off Omaopio Road, with almost two-thirds of the property dedicated to pasture. The dairy sells more than 25 different types of gourmet cheeses and other products.
Maui News
By CARLA TRACY, Dining EditorP
OSTED: March 26, 2009

SATISFACTION. . . If every picture tells a story, just like the song he co-wrote with Rod Stewart, then Ronnie Wood had a grand old time at a popular Wailea restaurant last week.

The Rolling Stones' member dined on whole fish at Mala Wailea with restaurant partner Shep Gordon, who produced the Stones show on Oahu a few years back with Tom Moffatt.

"The dinner was a Grouchofest," says Shep. "I managed Groucho Marx and Ron Wood is an expert on Groucho and was his biggest fan. I introduced them over 30 years ago. So we met at Mala last Thursday to tell each other Groucho stories."

Speaking of celebrities, Oahu's famous chef Roy Yamaguchi is coming to Maui April 2 to cook a special dinner at his West Maui restaurant here.

"I've been working on visiting all of my island restaurants and doing a dinner with the chefs for some time now. My schedule gets a little crazy, but I love going to Maui and working with Joey Macadangdang," says Roy, a James Beard Award winner. "I'm looking forward to my visit and I think that those in attendance will enjoy what we have planned."

Roy's Kahana will set the stage for the seven-course feast that will cost $65 (with wine pairings, $85) per person, plus tax and gratuity.

The menu will start with kiawe-smoked Kona kampachi, followed by torchon of foie gras, roulade of shiso duck salad, seared moi with seafood cassoulet, curried lamb chops and seasonal vegetables, and chocolate peanut butter souffle.

"It's a rare Maui appearance for Roy, says Maui corporate chef Macadangdang. "I'm excited to see what he does with the food and the event also celebrates our 17th anniversary at Roy's Kahana."