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A very gradual re-awakening at the farm, market happenings, dinner tickets and spring events

Posted 2/23/2018 8:59pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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 Farm News

The winter has been long and true.  The pervasive greyness seems to blanket the entire landscape, from the soggy slumbering soil to the far-off horizon.  Since early January, amidst the backdrop of arctic blasts and northwest fogs, the farm has been on a slow simmer of incubating baby goats.  The first doe kidded this morning---twins.  Artemis (we call her Artie) nonchalantly separated herself at feeding time and dropped her kids in quick succession between pitch-fork loads of haylage being placed in the mangers.  The drip of kidding season has begun, as much as I try to will it to hold off a little longer.  In the next few weeks, the drip will quicken to a torrent. I’m bracing myself for joy and sleep deprivation alike. 

Erica with Artie twins

Erica with the "artie" twins. Blue, our dog, loves to clean the newborns!

Farmers’ Market Sales

We’ve decided to share our first batch of Huckleberry Blue (a special one we made by washing the rinds with a local barley wine) and a few other cheeses aging in our caves.  We’ll be attending Urbana’s Market in the Square tomorrow, Saturday, February 24th from 8:00-12:00.  Defy the late winter gloom and doom and come support your local farmers (Blue Moon Farm will be there too, and we’ll be right next to them). We’ll have:

  • Chevre (frozen): plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Moonglo: late summer/early fall milk makes this batch particularly flavorful
  • Huckleberry Blue with Barley Wine Wash: this raw-goat-milk blue is creamy, slightly sweet, salty and tangy—pretty darn delicious!
  • Pelota Roja: the special “manchego” style cheese we make for Rick Bayless’ restauarants-the rind is rubbed with a guajillo-chili paste. The cheese is sharp and nutty; excellent for grating over warm stews or pasta
  • Gelato: pints of vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, pistachio and masala chai tea
  • Meats: goat stew meat, goat Merguez sausages
  • PFFC merch: select t-shirts, tea towels, aprons and totes

CSA Sign-Up

Today is National #CSA sign-up day. Since the day is almost over, I’m proclaiming the whole weekend as National CSA sign-up day. If the idea of being a member of a special cheese and gelato club sounds enticing, check out our CSA. We’re running a special discounted price through March, but sign up now to show your love of farmstead and artisan goat cheese!

We’re attending the Champaign-Urbana CSA Fair next Friday, March 2nd, so if you want more details come see us just behind Common Ground Food Coop from 5-7:30 pm.

2018 “Dinners on the Farm” select tickets on sale NOW! We’ve been busy scheming for the upcoming dinner season, and we have several late spring/summer dates and themes fleshed out. We’re pretty excited about the line-up this year! You can visit our website to see all the descriptions and then book reservations through our ShowClix page.

2018 Spring Open Houses and “Goat Babies and Brunch” Goat babies bring milk which brings cheese which brings you our patrons back to the farm. This year’s spring open houses and “babies and brunch” will be run differently than in recent years. Click here to get all the details.   

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