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Tropical rains give way to cold fall gusts

Posted 9/11/2014 10:04pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Over two inches of rain fell on our prairie soils yesterday.  Most of it soaked right into those lush green pastures and our garden loaded down with ripening tomatoes.  The rain didn't slow down the ripening of corn and soybeans around us. The corn stocks seem to have turned burnt yellow overnight.  The combines will be rolling soon. The tropical winds that brought us the rain subsided and were overtaken by cold gusts from the north.  Why does fall come so suddenly? From sweat and shorts last week to hooded sweatshirts today; it’s hard for our bodies to adjust.  This sudden shift in the weather is sure to bring the does into heat.  Breeding season is just around the corner.  The smell of goat love is in the air.

Farmers’ Markets, Farm Dinners

We’re attending one market this Saturday, September 13th: Urbana’s Market at the Square.  Fall will be the air; perfect weather for enjoying some cheese.  We’ll have:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • An assortment of bloomy rind cheeses including Angel Food Brie, Little Bloom on the Prairie, and Black Goat
  • Moonglo
  • Huckleberry Blue

There might be a slight chill in the air, but that just means your gelato won’t melt before you get home from the market.  We have some great new flavors as well as the tried and true standards:

  • Honey Thyme
  • Chocolate-Caramel-Gingersnap
  • Sweet Corn (probably the last of the season)
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Hazelnut
  • Cantaloupe-Thai Basil Sorbetto
  • Nectarine Sorbetto

We have a few open seats to our upcoming farm dinner “Cucurbit Love Affair” with Guest Farmer Mac Condill of the Great Pumpkin Patch, Saturday, September 20th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.  Chef Alisa is still putting the final touches on the menu, but every course will feature a different type of pumpkin or squash.  We have 4-5 tickets available. Please email me if you’re interested (prairiefruits@gmail.com) first-come-first-served.  We’re also doing a companion meal AT the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur on Sunday, September 21st.  The event starts at 5:00 and the price includes wine pairings with each course.  Sleepy Creek Vineyards will be pouring a selection of their wines.  For more information and to make reservations, follow this link: http://the200acres.com/store/farm-to-fork-dinners/farm-to-fork-ticket-sunday-september-21-2014/ 

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