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What's in a name?

Posted 9/12/2013 10:09pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

All of the doelings we had wanted to sell have been sold.  The lucky few who remain will be bred later this fall and join the ranks of the milkers next spring.  So, it’s time for the ritual of naming.  Unlike the traditions of human baby naming, we don’t name our kids when they’re born. It takes me a while to decide who to keep and who to sell.  I don’t like to sell a doeling who we’ve already named. It takes me awhile to get a sense of their personalities too.  Instead, they spend the first months of their lives with their mother’s name and their birth number. We grow to know them as “Tulula 102,“ “Liberty 36,” “Olivia 22” and so on.  

Naming livestock is surrounded by mystique or routine.  For those in the show world, names are elaborate and fanciful.  Our breeding buck “Eddie” came out a show herd in Ohio, and his official name is “Hoanbu Easy Street.”  His mother’s name is “Giavonna Giabella.”  The show goat names can be even more over the top: “Blazin’ Hot Gillette” or “Calm Before the Storm” anyone? At the other end of the spectrum, most commercial herds know their does by numbers only; not an approach that suits our dairy.

 My ritual takes a more direct and anthropomorphic approach.  I usually select a theme—“movie stars of the ‘30’s and ‘40’s” “jazz singers” “dead female relatives” to name a few.  Then, I make a list of names, take this out to the doeling pen and being the process of placing names with emerging personalities.  This year, I have decided to open this very personal process to our patrons. We have a launched a little campaign on our Facebook page to select a naming theme for this year’s crop of doelings.  The response so far has been very creative—Illinois towns, first ladies, National parks???,  Cuts of meat (don’t think we’ll be using that one).  We’ll announce the winner early next week so stay tuned. 

Farmers’ Market News

This Saturday, September 14th is a two market weekend: Urbana’s Market at the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market. Sarah and Stewart will be filling in for us in Urbana, while Andrew makes the early drive north to Chicago.  In addition to cheese and gelato, we’ll be bringing some tasty tomatoes, apples and pears to the Urbana Farmers’ Market.

We’ve got a great lineup of early fall cheeses, including the long-awaited return of HEIRLOOM TOMATO CHEVRE!!! We had been waiting for some hot weather to ripen those little Juliette tomatoes (an intensively rich mini-roma variety that we dry and chop up to blend into our chevre). With all this hot weather lately, they're finally ripening and ready. In addition, we'll have:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Sheep milk feta
  • Some fairly young bloomy rind cheeses, including Angel Food, Little Bloom on the Prairie, Black Goat and Ewe Bloom-if you like them gooey, I’d put these in the frig for several days to let them ripen a bit longer.
  • Firm aged cheeses including Moonglo (raw goat milk tomme) and Roxanne (sheep milk brebis).  They both pair extremely well with the apples and Moonglo pears we’ll be bringing to market. 
  • Eldon: our sheep milk blue—it’s got some great veining, but the taste is sweet and salty blue—YUM!

Gelato fans, we’ve got some great flavors for you (chocolate fans will have to wait until next week to get their fix-sorry):

  • Vanilla
  • Hazelnut
  • Fresh Mint
  • Espresso
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pineapple Sage
  • Cucumber Lime Mint Sorbetto

Green City Market Patrons will have a smaller selection of locally sourced flavors, some of which are listed above. 

On another note, don’t forget to frequent our ShowClix venue for available dinner tickets.  As we get cancellations, we repost them on this website. So, even if our main website lists the dinner as “SOLD OUT,” you should check the ShowClix site periodically for the latest availability.