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Wet green leaves, Farmers' Market offerings and Farm Happenings

Posted 10/12/2017 7:02pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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 Farm News

Dust to mud in under seven days; this week’s theme for the farm.  I welcome the soggy ground underfoot. The psychedelic green has returned to our lawn, while our neighbor’s newly planted wheat crop is lapping up the soil moisture, a mat of crew-cut shiny shoots to show for their thirst. 

Following a night or two of deluge, we’ve been pelleted by a fine mist over the past few days.  The sky tries to clear itself, only to become shrouded in a low-hanging grey blanket a new. The blanket spits at us annoyingly. The skid steer moving heavy bales of bailage leaves muddy tracks in its wake; mud that will make its way onto goat hooves and dog paws, mud that will seek out the clean floors of our log house.  The leaves are still mostly green on the trees, ignoring any autumnal cues, believing the unseasonably warm temperatures instead.  The gusty rain blows them onto the concrete slab in front of our barn, leaving a stained imprint of fading summer as I brush them away. 

Farmers’ Market Offerings: We’ll be attending the Urbana Market at the Square this Saturday, October 14th.  We have noticed a marked decline in attendance at the markets over the past few weeks. We hope patrons know that there is still a LOT of great produce and other local farm products available at the farmers’ markets. We hope you’ll find a little window of time to come out and support the farmers who bring you such beautiful and delicious food.  We are still quite flush with cheese and gelato:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Angel Food:  our little “crottin” style bloomy rind; small enough to eat in one sitting; paste is firm (it’s young) and this cheese is perfect with a tart jam
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie: our goat milk camembert; perfect served with local honey
  • Black Goat: our ash-coated bloomy with a hint of yeast on the rind; try our ACS award winning cheese
  • 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

Gelato: take home a few pints this week (try our “three pint market special: buy 3, get $3 off the total price! 

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Salted Caramel
  • Masala Chai
  • Stracciatella
  • Fruitti di Bosco
  • Turtle
  • Grape two ways Sorbetto
  • Red Currant
  • Pineapple sage

Farm Happenings

Farm Open Hours:  We are open only on the weekends through the end of October (Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 PM).  We will be closing the Real Stand temporarily in November to get it ready for the holidays. We will re-open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. 

In the meantime, The Real Stand is open for business, offering cheese, gelato, meats, eggs and other farm products through the end of this month.  Check out our fall offerings: pumpkins, gourds and squashes from The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur! You can cook with them or just use them as decorations. They are gorgeous and quirky (and delicious). 

Don't forget to follow  directions to the farm from our website. This will ensure easy travels during the road construction on N. Lincoln Avenue. The detour is in effect until November.

JUST POSTED: Learn something new! Take our Cheese Pairings Class on Sunday, November 5th—we will wow you with lots of styles of cheese and lots of accompaniments –jams, honey, pickles, wines, beers.  We’ll cover a few basic concepts about cheese styles and how to use all your senses to appreciate what you are tasting. Then, we’ll dive in head first to a fun-filled afternoon of flavor sensations.  $35 covers everything (limited to 30 participants, so don’t delay in signing up).   

Farm Dinners: There are a few tickets to both seatings of the October 14th “Pizza Night Out” dinner.   Grab while they last.

CANCELLED—WE ARE SORRY TO ANNOUNCE THAT BRUNCH ON THE STAGE AT THE VIRGINIA THEATRE IS CANCELLED. WE APOLOGIZE TO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED TICKETS—YOU WILL BE REFUNDED BY THE VIRGINIA THEATRE. WE’LL TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR TO OFFER THIS EVENT.  Brunch on the Stage at the Virginia Theatre—SUNDAY OCTOBER 15TH.   

If you can’t leave the city for the farm, why not bring the farm to the city? The Café at Local Foods Grocers in Chicago is crafting a five-course meal featuring many of the products raised on our farm. The event will be held at Local Foods on Saturday, October 21st.  The menu is sublime, and they even have optional wine pairings.  Here’s the link to their Eventbrite page where you can make reservations.


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