Fierce Winds, Fall Farmers' Market News
Farm News in the big wide world
The only signs of Hurricane Sandy to reach our central Illinois fields were the whiplash winds. Those winds buffeted our faces, they made it hard to do much of any work outside, they pushed our little white truck sideways on the highway as I drove to drop off our cheese CSA shares in Bloomington. The goats had little interest in venturing outside the barn, and our non-breeding bucks spent most of the day hunkered down inside their hutches. It’s hard to fathom the destructive power of water and wind that wreaked havoc on much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. We were spared this time around.
Farmers’ Market News
We’re at that time of year when outdoor farmers’ markets come to an end for the year. Urbana’s Farmers’ Market has its last outdoor market this Saturday, November 3rd and then moves inside Lincoln Square Mall on November 10th. Chicago’s Green City Market makes their indoor move this Saturday to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The indoor market runs 8AM to 1PM. We’ll be attending both markets this Saturday with a respectable lineup of cheese:
- Fresh Chevre—plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper—NOW is the time to start stocking up and freezing chevre for the winter
- A near full house of bloomy rind cheeses including Angel Food, Little Bloom on the Prairie, Black Goat and Ewe Bloom (Black Sheep is done for the season)
- Red Dawn—we have brought back this smoked paprika red bloomy-rind beauty for a limited engagement this fall. Quantities are limited so come early if you want some.
- Sheep Milk Feta—perfect for a fall spinach and feta pie
We’ll also be bringing some of our late summer farmstead honey to enjoy with our cheeses or with whatever you choose. Urbana shoppers can stock up on pints of gelato too:
- Lemon Verbena-Thyme
- Pumpkin Pie