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Progressive pasture dining, cow milk cheeses in the vat, farm events

Farm News

This is the year of building fences and moving goats. Our adept Amish fence builders arrived at our new farm this week (yes, they really do drive all the way from Arthur IL—45 miles away—on a tractor!!) to put up a high-tensile hotwire fence on the south pasture of our new farm. The field was planted last year with a mix of grasses and legumes, and the red clover is especially lush right now. If I were a ruminant, I would be salivating. The Amish crew of two drove posts and put up the fence in just two days. Friday, we open the gates and the one-year old goat girls will likely rush their new pasture to gorge on the greenery. Next week, we plan to move this year’s doelings to the south pasture. Escorting 50+ rowdy goat girls from the orchard to the new farm (close to a quarter mile) should be an adventure. Timely rains have helped keep our pasture paddocks growing this summer. Wes was even out planting a summer forage millet this week; something new to keep the goats’ palates engaged.

Urbana’s Market at the Square: Featured Items Going to Market This Saturday-7 am to 12 noon

We are flush this week with SO MUCH CHEESE! You really need to try several so bring a cooler! We have a small chance of rain on Saturday, but it will be nice ‘n cool. No excuses to make a Saturday morning foray to the Urbana Farmers’ Market. We received our first weekly shipment of organic cow milk from Rocky Road Dairy in Mulberry Grove IL this week. We will be offering new cow milk cheeses in addition to our goat milk beauties.

NEWS FLASH: OUR RAW MILK “PELOTA ROJA” IS BACK IN THE CHEESE LINEUP! Come grab a wedge of this 2021 Good Food Award winning cheese, inspired by Spanish style raw goat milk cheeses.

Can’t make it to the market? No worries! Order from our online store for farm pick up either Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Here’s the line-up of offerings for this weekend:

Gidget’s Grilling Cheese-made with rich, grassfed cow’s milk from Rocky Road Farm. Grill or pan fry to get some nice caramelization on the outside. Drizzle with local honey and a squeeze of lemon juice. Enjoy with crusty baguette or some grilled summer squash.

  • Artisan Cottage Cheese-summer milk from grazing cows makes an AMAZING cottage cheese. It is both gorgeous (lovely yellow in color-a testament to the grass the cows are eating) and delicious. If you think cottage cheese is boring, you really need to give this a try!

  • Fresh chevre

  • Plain

  • Herbs de Provence

  • Cracked peppercorn

  • Angel Food-goat “crottin” style bloomy (nice ‘n ripe, brie-like)

  • Fleur de la Prairie—2021 Good Food Award winner!-bloomy with dried herbs and edible flowers-young but tasty

  • Black goat-ash-ripened bloomy-also young with “fudgy” texture that I love so much

  • Little Bloom on the Prairie-our goat milk camembert-aging nicely; try with spring honey

  • Pelota Roja-FIRST OF THE SEASON! raw goat milk Manchego style cheese with a guajillo-olive oil rub—so good for shaving over a tomato and basil salad or grilled eggplant! 2021 GOOD FOOD AWARD WINNER!

  • Goat Milk Feta aged in Whey Brine-try with grilled peaches and a drizzle of honey (sweet and salty and sublime)

  • Goat Milk Yogurt—it makes a great smoothie or enjoy with your favorite granola and fresh berries-now available in both pints and quarts!

  • Goat Milk Gelato by Pint (vanilla, chocolate, fresh mint, strawberry and hazelnut for sure; may bring some Mexican lime whey-betto (sorbetto made with whey); more flavor options out at the farm)

If you’re interested in buying fresh raw goat milk, you can either order from our online store for farm pick up on the weekends, or just visit our farm store during open hours—now offering both quarts and half gallons in our refrigerated display case.

Farm Open Hours -Grand Re-Opening and Farm Yoga

Just in time for Summer, we’re ON THE MAP—THE CHEESE LOVERS’ MAP!

We are featured in this month’s CULTURE MAGAZINE (a National Publication!) as one of the three farmstead cheese making operations in Illinois that welcomes guests to visit the farm. Check it out!! We are ready for all you cheese-loving visitors!

This weekend, we’re open 1-4 p