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To be a daffodil on April Fools Day, First Babies & Brunch, Farm Events and More

Posted 4/6/2018 9:22am by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Crystalline white petals encasing a bright orange trumpet; the daffodil is the persistent harbinger of spring.  On Sunday, April 1st, we awoke to a blanket of over four inches of pristine white snow; the warm soil beneath gasping for breath.  The waning moon was still in the western sky, while the warming sun rose over the creek to the east.  There was steam rising over the borrow pit pond and snowy ice crystals coating the emergent green stems of weeds in the pasture. Daffodils frozen tall in a bed of snow; a cruel April Fools prank, indeed.


Assuming that this spring would be like most others here in the Midwest, we had moved our bucks out to the pasture just before kidding season commenced.  The poor guys have had to endure several snow squalls and a blizzard-more snow than we got in the months of January and February combined. I’m impressed with their adaptability.  They have toughened up quite a bit (yes, they have shelter to get out of the weather), and the April Fool’s Day snow didn’t slow them down one bit.  As I pushed out the fluffy white stuff out of their feed troughs, they wait, with steaming breath, for the promise of grain and fresh hay.  We’re all trying to come to grips with discordant weather, and we all must eat. 

Fundraiser Campaign Update:  The donations continue to flow in and we continue to be so grateful. We are now over $11,000, close to one third of our total goal.  If you aren’t yet familiar with our “Raise the Roof” campaign, please CLICK  HERE, you can read all about it—our projects, our goals, our donation levels.  As we’ve stated before, this community has been very good to us over the years. We hope you’ll consider making a donation (small or large) to help us “Raise the Roof” and take the farm to whole new level.  We will also have a donation box out at the farm during spring open hours if you’d prefer to donate that way.

Babies and Brunch: Full Brunch on BOTH Saturdays and Sundays is FINALLY here! Come out to the farm this weekend—we’re open from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Check out the fabulous menu that Chef Raquel and Sarah of Feast Catering have crafted as well as the details of how these brunches will be run.  The format will be different than our “Spring Open Houses,” which have featured mostly grab and go type foods and beverages.  We’re calling it a “Pop-Up Café.”

Cheese and Gelato Offerings We have a really great line up of cheeses to offer you this weekend, featuring the lovely and lemony spring chevre:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper—these are our regular flavors available all year round
  • Fresh chevre special flavors: cinnamon sugar, caramelized onion—these are limited edition flavors, so get them while they last!
  • Goat milk Feta in Olive Oil: a late fall batch of raw-milk feta bathed in extra virgin olive oil and select dried herbs—perfect for early spring salads or on top of a hearty stew. Very limited availability.
  • Moonglo: fall-milk, tomme-style cheese; the texture of this semi-hard cheese is supple like gouda, but the taste is sharp and fruity. Ask for a taste if you’ve never had it before. Makes a killer-good grilled cheese
  • Huckleberry Blue: our limited late fall goats’ milk blue cheese—it’s a gateway to blue cheeses. Creamy texture, not overly blue-veined (or sharp in a blue way)
  • Jams and Honey: We have a limited selection of jams from Autumn Berry Inspired, house-made jams and some beautiful bottles of fall honey from Two Million Blooms. These make great accompaniments to our cheeses.
  • Gelato: We have limited pint flavors (chocolate, fruitti di bosco and nectarine sorbetto) and gelato by the scoop (pistachio, salted caramel and coffee for sure). 
  • Other Farm Products David Bane of Bane Family Meats will be here to offer you farm-fresh eggs, chicken, beef, pork and lamb products We also have a selection of Piemonte Sausages: several styles of pork sausage as well as our goat merguez
  • Goat Stew Meat and Cabrito Halves—we have a few packages of lean and tender goat meat available in our farm shop freezer. If you’ve never tried goat meat, you should. It’s very mild and lean (lends itself to slow cooking techniques)
  • Prairie Fruits Farm Merch: While you’re here, take home a memento from the farm—t-shirts, hooded sweat shirts, batik aprons, tea towels, onesies, note cards, cheese boards and goat milk soaps. 

Special Graduation Dinner & Mother’s Day Brunch: We are offering a special farm to table dinner for graduates and their families on Saturday May 12th AND a local-foods brunch buffet for Mother’s Day. Check out the menu for dinner and/or mother’s day brunch and book your tickets now! They’re going fast.  

Goat Yoga and Delight Flower Spring bouquet shares: Delight Flower Farm has a lot going on this year. Maggie Taylor has decided to host yoga with baby goats again this year at the farm.  Right now, she has a few dates in late April and some in May for goat yoga classes. You can registration on their website:  http://delightflowerfarm.com/shop/

They are also offering a limited time “spring bloom bouquet CSA” Check out all the details as well all the other great things they offer here: DelightFlowerFarm.com

Cheese and Gelato CSA: We still have openings for our 2018 season.  If you’re not familiar with how our “CSA” works, I encourage you to check out the details.  We have pick up locations in Champaign Urbana and Bloomington-Normal.  We treat our CSA members like royalty. Come join our special club. 

Dinners on the Farm: Our 2018 season is now posted on our website and ticket sales are LIVE for the entire season.  Take a look at the dates and themes, and book your reservations NOW.  These tickets go fast, so don’t delay.  We have a great diversity of dinner themes this year from Italian to Oaxacan.  We’re excited to host you on our farm for a memorable farm to table experience.   

Looking for a goat for a family milker? How about for brush control or rural pet? Goats are wonderful working animals and affectionate companions too. We have a few retired milkers and great breeding stock with excellent health and milk records.  Check out what's available and contact us if interested. 

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