Hidden in the rolling woods and farmland about 10 miles east of Hayward, the Farmstead Creamery and Cafe is a bit of a drive. The business, started in the summer of 2012, is run by the three young Berlage sisters, who also own and run the farm it's on. The ladies are extremely talented and simply delightful, all of which comes through in their business.
The main part is the cafe, located in a new, bright red, barn-style building. Coffee, tea, baked goods and homemade meals are served daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A recent menu featured five dishes, all $9: gyros, pizza, chicken potpie, quiche and a gourmet toasted cheese sandwich. And then there's the gelato and sorbetto. Kara Berlage studied eight years with an Italian pro to learn how to make the delicious treats; she uses her farm's goat milk and creates her own chocolate paste for the chocolate-based flavors. Once you taste it, you can definitely tell this isn't a mass-produced product.
The three sell a small selection of goods from their farm, mainly veggies and milk, and offer occasional tours, although you can always call ahead to schedule one if it's not on their calendar. Laura Berlage is a fiber artist, plays classical guitar and Celtic harp, and sings. So there's a small selection of her artwork on display, plus some CDs for sale. Live music events happen periodically.
Make sure to look around the entire space, including the lofted seating area. A local carpenter created the building, handcrafting the tabletops and beams. He also installed metal railings decorated with 19th-century iron wagon wheels the sisters' pigs dug up. You're not going to find another place quite like this anywhere.