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Mothers' Day has special meaning here at Prairie Fruits Farm

Posted 5/6/2010 9:30pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.
Mothers' day means a lot to me here on the farm. I have become the surrogate "mother" of over 100 baby goats this year.  Each one has his/her personality, some stronger than others, some with markings that make you marvel at genetics and some so fiesty that they make you laugh.  This is the great thing about having a goat dairy. Every year we get two plus months of "mothers' day." Well, all those babies have brought an abundance of milk, and we've been busy transforming that milk into an array of different cheeses for you to enjoy at the markets. 
little fawn baby
We're debuting a new bloomy rind cheese this weekend at the Urbana Farmers' Market. We call it "Prairie Dropseed," named after that beautiful prairie plant with a delicate raceme of seeds blowing in the wind.  Some of you may recall a cheese by that name that made the roster last year. Well, this one is different: it's our first true "mixed milk" cheese-blending sheep and goat milk in the cheese vat, adding a bit of geo white mold to the milk, ladling it like our chevre and then forming it into beautiful balls that develop a thin crinkly ivory rind after about 10 days. It is aged for a total of two weeks and has a nice creamy texture reminiscent of our chevre, but is more crumbly. Try it on a salad of local spring greens or crumble it on top of your favorite pasta dish. It makes an excellent Mothers' Day gift.
Prairie Dropseed
We also have the following other cheeses for you to enjoy:
Chevre of course--plain, herbs de Provence and cracked pepper
Black sheep--another "experimental" cheese-soft ripened with ash coating on the outside--all sheep milk. It is more firm and mild compared to Ewe Bloom. You can really taste the milk in this cheese.
Angel Food-gooey as ever
Little Bloom on the Prairie--what can I say--it's becoming a classic
Krotovina-the best of two milks separated by ash in a lovely little pyramid
Mollisol Pecorino--our raw sheep milk Pecorino Romano style cheese that we have been aging patiently for about one year. It's got a nice nutty and sharp flavor-excellent for grating or shaving over some roasted asparagus or rapini (Blue Moon Farm has some killer good rapini right now).
We also have a few very ripe Red Dawn--get them while supplies last.
For those of you in Chicago, don't despair. We will starting the Green City Farmers' Market next Saturday, May 15th. I look forward to reconnecting with our Chicago customers soon.
We have been graced with some amazing warm sunny spring days these past few weeks. The bees have been very busy pollinating our fruit, and if all goes well, we're expecting an excellent berry and tree fruit crop this year. Stay tuned.
Happy Mothers' Day and Happy Spring!