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Transitions of spring AND First Farm Open House of the Season

Posted 3/19/2015 9:51pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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 Farm News

Spring: the transition from barrenness to birth, from restfulness to running, from thought to action.  We got a jump start on kidding season this year, making the transition from winter to spring seem all the more abrupt. Despite the growing number of years of experience, I always feel caught off guard when the first doe kids.  This year, by February 25th, kidding season was well underway. The does weren’t waiting for warmer weather either. In true Prairie Fruits Farm fashion, we had nine does kid on Sunday, March 1st, during one of the biggest snow storms of the season.  The “blizzard” of 2015 produced almost a foot of snow and 20 kids.  Here we are with March barely out the door and 107 baby goats on the ground. 

Despite the proliferation of goat growth, the ground around us is not want to give up winter.  There are barely signs of spring; a few tiny crocuses daring to show their flowery heads, a few green sprouts poking out of the herb garden, a couple of rhubarb crowns showing signs of life.  We’re not waiting for more signs of spring; we’re moving forward.  We’re pruning the orchard, cleaning out the barns, picking up the debris of fall. 

Farm Open House

In the spirit of welcoming the spring vernal equinox and in celebration of the super-moon total eclipse of the sun, we’re welcoming our first guests of the season to our spring “Open House.” This Saturday, March 21st from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon, you can visit the farm, see the baby goats (and the moms), maybe get lucky and witness a goat birth, buy some great local food products and enjoy a local food breakfast on the farm. 

We’ve posted the menus for each week of spring open house season on our website.  As always, we’ll be offering our now-famous goat-milk hot chocolate, Herriot’s coffee and tea along with the a la carte food items. No reservations are required and food is offered “first come-first served.” 

We’ll also be selling CHEESE, gelato, goat-milk salted caramels and house-made crackers.  We’ve also added goat milk yogurt to our dairy line up.    There’s nothing like the lemony taste of spring chevre, so come out and get some.  We will also have some of our creamy raw milk cheeses, including Moonglo and Huckleberry Blue.  In addition to the line-up of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery products, we will be selling our hip and stylish “Chippy” Goat Tees, goat milk soaps (made for us by Red Barn Farm), Goat Tea Towels and our brand new Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery Coloring Book! 

We’ve invited other farmer friends and artisans to sell their wares too.  Stewart’s Artisan Breads, Piemonte Sausage, Tomahnous Farm and Cara’s Garden will have products for sale at the farm.  Blue Moon Farm will be here every other Saturday (starting March 28th) selling early season veggies.  Piemonte Sausage is a new commercial venture for owners Claude and Susan Cole. Using family recipes from northern Italy, they hand craft fresh sausage made with local ingredients.  Cara’s Garden makes beautiful (and functional) wooden spoons, cheese knives and cheese boards—the perfect tools with which to serve our cheeses.    Come out to the farm and celebrate the birth of spring. 

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