Chevre is French for goat but also for all manner of delicious cheeses coaxed from the animal’s milk. And there’s no better time to visit goat dairies than now, when young grasses bestow extra sweetness. Some let you help milk, feed, or pet the herd (including the kids). Best, they offer samples of fresh cheese. Call ahead before visiting.
Amaltheia Organic Dairy, Belgrade, Montana
With a herd of 400, this certified organic dairy at the foot of the Bridger Mountains near Bozeman encourages volunteers to help bottle-feed newborns. Seven cheeses to taste include a fragrant Perigord black truffle chevre.
Fraga Farm Goat Cheese, Sweet Home, Oregon
Watch the only certified organic goat dairy in Oregon produce small batches of raw-milk cheddar, feta, chevre, and "goatzarella" through a six-foot viewing window.
Harley Farms Goat Dairy, Pescadero, California
Cheeses from milk produced on-site are shaped here in an antique barn. Varieties include fresh Chevre topped with edible flowers (Monet) and layered with sunflower seeds (Van Goat). The key ingredient? Salty air from the sea three miles away.