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Baby boom brings chevre

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From one kid to 80 in the span of a week, and nearly 40 does freshened, meteoric best describes the start of the 2024 kidding season. The nursery totes are full of wagging tails and hungry mouths, as the crew ramps up bottle feeding chores. The kids born earlier in the week have graduated to their growing pens in the kid barn, already testing out the bounce in their legs. All the goat moms have turgid udders brimming with colostrum and now fresh goat milk.

We were able to collect enough milk to make our inaugural batch of spring chevre today. It won't be ready until early next week, so chevre won't be making an appearance at the farmers' market until Saturday, March 16th.

Happenings at the Farm & Beyond

Come see us at the Champaign Urbana Indoor Farmers' Market this Saturday. We are there every Saturday through the end of April, 8 am to 12 noon.

We're bringing the following:

  • Goat milk yogurt!!! First of the season-both quarts and pints. Buy your yogurt and then pop over to CIB's stand to grab some of there house-made granola!!

  • Jersey Milk Gournay: plain, garlic & herb, everything bagel and spiced cranberry--last chance to stock up before chevre drops next Saturday

  • Ukrainian Farmers' Cheese: think ricotta and cottage cheese having a baby

  • Angel Food-brie style: petite rounds PLUS large format wheels (wholes and halves)--super young

  • Little bloom on the prairie: camembert style bloomy rind--super young

  • Pelota Roja: raw goat milk "Spanish" style hard cheese--sharp, nutty with a guajillo chile-olive oil rub on the rind

We are also bringing some special accompaniments to go with the cheeses!

We are launching a new weekly CSA-style share with ultimate flexibility. Every week, you'll get cheese, bread and house-made accompaniments. We will have these for sale at the indoor famers' market, but please go ahead and sign up for shares. Pretty soon, you will only be able to get these shares if you pre-order. This Saturday's share includes:

  • Jersey Gournay

  • Half-loaf of cranberry walnut bread

  • House-made raspberry jam

  • House-made apple chips

We are also launching a new "Farm Club" subscription--details forthcoming

Save the dates and book your reservations NOW: Babies & Brunch!! Easter Edition--Saturday March 30th! and then every Saturday and Sunday in April! Reservations are filling up quickly!

Goat Yoga-Pilates comes to the farm in May, featuring our adorable baby goats and certified Pilates instructor Lisa Staples of Living Legacy Pilates.

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