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Slow creep toward rest, final outdoor farmers' market of the season AND farm happenings

Posted 11/2/2017 1:17pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

Laundry’s getting done. Soup is being made. Thoughts about reading books are allowed to emerge.  First frost; check; leaves changing, falling; check. Cold, damp air hovers over barns, cuts through Carhart jacket. Daylight savings falling off the calendar this weekend, early darkness is just around the corner.  Bald chickens molting drop their egg production; waiting for artificial light and a regrowth of feathers to keep them warm. 

The slow creep toward the end of another season is on.  Newly pregnant does are shutting off the tap of milk. Milk volumes in the bulk tanks are shrinking, while the butterfat and milk protein concentrations soar.  The seasonal tug of war between work and not work has begun. Do we keep the does going, milk them twice a day, make a few more batches of cheese? Or, do we go to once/day milking, let nature take her course, dry herself off, let rest overtake her.  The latter is oh so tempting, but the drive to stock the cheese cupboard for winter aging will probably prevail. 

Farmers’ Market News

The final outdoor Market at the Square (7 AM to 12 noon) is Saturday, November 4th.  Compared with last weekend, outdoor temps are forecast to be down-right balmy (high 50’s). It might be a bit wet, but don’t let the rain slow you down.  There is still A LOT of great food to be had, and most of it goes great with our cheeses. DON'T FORGET--MARKET IN THE SQUARE STARTS ON 11/11 (8 am-1 pm) ,AND WE WILL BE MOVING INSIDE LINCOLN SQUARE MALL through end of December.

We have a few special cheeses available for sale this week too (roasted poblano chevre, a few pieces of “Pelota Roja,”-the guajillo-chile paste-rubbed hard cheese we make for Rick Bayless’ restaurants) AND the last of the raw milk feta for the season):

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper, roasted poblano
  • Raw milk feta: the last batch of the season; our feta is tangy and crumbly; packed in a whey-brine, it lasts a really long time in your fridge
  • Angel Food:  our little “crottin” style bloomy rind; small enough to eat in one sitting; great warmed with a drizzle of honey.  I’d buy two if I were you.
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie: our goat milk camembert; the final batch of the season is young and firm, but should soften up with some aging
  • Black Goat: our ash-coated bloomy with a hint of yeast on the rind; try our ACS award winning cheese. Perfectly ripe—THESE ARE THE FINAL ROUNDS OF THE SEASON!!
  • Magia Negra: our nod to a Manchego style cheese, sharp nutty notes with hints of tart berries. Rind is rubbed with an olive oil-black currant & aronia berry paste
  • Moonglo: our raw-milk tomme-style cheese, aged for about 4 months.  Semi-firm texture, fruity and sharp flavor notes.  Ask for a taste and you’ll be smitten.
  • Goat Milk Yogurt: Available in both pints and quarts-LAST of the SEASON!!

Gelato Pint Flavors: Take advantage of our “three pint special”: buy 3, get $3 off the total price! 

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Salted Caramel
  • Masala Chai Tea
  • Fruitti di Bosco (mixed berry)
  • Local Ginger
  • Hazelnut
  • Turtle  

Farm Happenings

Our cheese pairings class is sold out! Our farm store, The Real Stand, is temporarily closed as we get ready for the holiday season. We will reopen on Sunday, November 19th, 1-4 pm. You can pick up pre-ordered pasture-raised turkeys from Bane Family Meats and pick up any last minute needs for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The turkey size range will be from 12-25 lbs., and the price is $4.00/lb. Orders will be taken by phone (217-722-2188) or by email (davidpbane@aol.com) until they are sold out. 

Our “grand” launch of our seasonal holiday market will be Saturday, November 25th, 1-4 pm. The goat photo booth returns (yes, we dress up some of our goats in holiday attire, and yes, you can take your holiday pictures with them) as well as fresh doughnuts from Lucky Pierre Bakers.  Stay tuned for details.   

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