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Posted 9/18/2014 10:21pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

The slow creep of fall is flowing over the farm.  It’s a subtle slow moving set of changes: slightly shorter days, slightly drier air, green vegetation slowing its growth, tree leaves stiffening, buck scents wafting up from the north pasture.  The intensity of the sunny afternoons is muted and is welcomed by the does lounging in the pasture, chewing their cud. Instead of fleeing the summer sun’s heat, we now welcome its restrained warmth.  It’s a time of year that we relish, knowing that cold weather extremes are not too far behind. 

We harvested a few boxes of very ugly apples and pressed them all into cider. Ben harvested our potatoes yesterday; we’re marveling at their size and their yields.  Tomato production is slowing down, but they still taste like summer.  Alisa brought back a carload of pumpkins, squashes and gourds from The Great Pumpkin Patch in preparation for our weekend “Cucurbit Love Affair” set of Farm Dinners-one at Prairie Fruits Farm on Saturday, another at The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur on Sunday. 

Our neighbor harvested the swath of corn that will become Olympian Drive East yesterday.  This was a sad harvest for us.  In another couple of weeks, North Lincoln Avenue will be closed to through traffic just south of our farm.  We will be putting up maps showing detour routes and we’ll be signing the roads so folks can still find their way to our farm.  We will do our best to minimize the impact of this construction project on our farm. 

Farmers’ Markets

We’re attending two markets this Saturday, September 20th: Urbana’s Market in the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market.  We have a couple of new chevre flavors for you to try this week—both include a little bit of Kilgus Farmstead cow cream, so we’re calling them “creamy chevre.”

  • Creamy Tomato Chevre
  • Creamy Honey-Lavender Chevre
  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Angel Food Brie
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Black Goat
  • Moonglo
  • Huckleberry Blue—these are the last few wheels of blue cheese for the season, so get them while they last.

We’ve started making some fall flavors of gelato this week as well as our regulars:

  • Pumpkin
  • Honey Ginger
  • Ginger
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Peach-Raspberry Sorbetto
  • Nectarine
  • Chocolate-Caramel-Gingersnap

Upcoming Farm Events We have a number of private events at the farm this month, so we won’t be holding a “Third Friday Pop-Up” event in September. However, in October, we’ll be bringing back Jared Batson of Nomad Food Co. to make us some more of those delicious wood-fired pizzas.  To accommodate his busy market schedule, he’ll be here on a Sunday afternoon—October 19th from 12 noon to 3PM.  He plans to make several other dishes in the wood fired oven, so stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date of the Pop-Up. 

Also in October, we’ll be hosting local artist, Cara Cummings who will be offering a very special workshop on Botanical Illustration.  Here are the details. 

A Botanical Illustration Workshop at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery

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Cara Cummings is excited to partner with Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery to offer a day on the farm where you will have the opportunity to learn about botanical illustration, start a painting, tour the farm, eat  lunch prepared on the farm with local ingredients, and end the day with a fun discussion of everyone’s work while tasting artisan cheeses and, if you choose, sip some wine (byob).

When: Sunday, August 12 2014 — 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Where: Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery

What: A botanical illustration workshop

Price: $55.00

Register: www.carasgarden.com   You will receive an e-mail within 24 hours of registering that will include a supplies list, agenda, and other supporting materials for the class.  

Lastly, we still have plenty of seats for the final two farm dinners of the season—November 22nd “Un-thanksgiving Meal” and December 6th-“Holiday Party. “  You can find details about the dinners and make reservations through our website. 


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