After being accused of hogging information about where to buy fresh pork I have decided to come clean about a source of fresh goat milk. If you are believe happy animals produce better milk you will love this goat tale.
I visited a new goat farming enterprise in Caldera. It is a small family business that is currently building a herd and selling limited amounts of fresh milk.
On Monday I went to visit Enrique, Norma, their father and see the goats. It was feeding time, very intentionally, I know nothing about goats but I wanted to see the process, the food and the quality of care. Dinner consisted of portions of banana leaves and a mixture of grains, they receive this offering twice each day.
In addition to the twice daily meals the goats have two hours a day of grazing time on about two hectares of vegetation.
One surprise for me was the kids get to nurse from their mothers, no dry milk substitute. The mothers rather eat but each kid had its turn on the nipple. This cuts milk production for now as the herd is built, but it makes for healthier animals.
The feeding itself was done individually which each goat having a bucket of food and no horn butting allowed. In fact for the brief feeding time each goat was chained to avoid conflict. As you can see below they are no fans of someone else getting dinner first.
These animals are loved, well at least the kids get human affection. Norma made sure each of the still milk fed kids had its share of petting as well as milk.
The message is that if you want some fresh goat milk you can buy it direct from the goats themselves with human brokers to accept the money, in Caldera. The house pictured below is on the main street. Coming from Boquete it is 500 Meters from the public school on the left side of the road. Just knock at about 10 am in the morning and you can buy a liter of fresh from the goat milk for $4, much later and it will be gone, much earlier and it will still be in the natural container. You will receive your milk in a sterilized soda bottle.