The name KiaOra comes from the indiginous Maori culture in New Zealand, and can be roughly defined as hello, welcome, good travel, health, thanks and goodbye. Something like aloha or shalom, basically a salutation meaning “Peace”.
About seven years ago, after hearing about all the health benefits of goat milk, we began to investigate goat milk and cheese production. We began by buying goat’s milk when possible and experimenting making our own cheese at home, which soon developed into a passion of making “Chevre” and other French goat cheeses.
Researching on the web, we discovered a couple who fit our vision of a small goat farm making their own cheese from their own goats. After convincing them we were serious, they agreed to allow us to visit and even film all aspects of their farm which became our “bible”. Later we visited France to perfect our cheesemaking.
We learned that the final product depends on the origin of the milk,,,,and this of course depends on the care, feeding and the quality of the feed of the originators of the milk,,,who are ,of course, the milk goats we call does.
Therefore, since we could only make good cheese by raising our own goats, we decided to move to Los Llanitos and start the farm. We began by planting their forage on every available hectare, and began the construction of their housing. We were advised by local agronomers and veterenarians to prepare the most natural diet for our does.
The first goats of Alpine and Saanen breed arrived and thus began our “retirement” in El Valle. We have managed to raise healthy and happy milk producers this past year, and it appears from the demand that many are enjoying our effort. We have recently brought purebred Saanen from abroad in the hope to better our production and quality
We now produce several French style cheeses which are Chevre, Camembert, and Bouche. We also make Yogurt with Strawberries, Vanilla, and Natural.
We feel secure that you will enjoy our cheeses and products that can only come out of a small artesan farm where we control all the aspects of production from growing the feed to packaging the cheese.
KiaOra Farms cannot offer tours due to sanitary restrictions, but hope to have a webpage soon where you can take a virtual visit to the farm as well as make your product orders on line and by phone.
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