In less than two weeks, we have had over 50 does kid, 100 kids born and 50 gallons per day of milk in the bulk tank. The rapid rise of milk is a kin to watching the creek overflow its banks in a spring rain storm. The leisurely pace of winter cheese production has given way to cheese makes every other day. I’ve been through this transition so many times, yet I am still surprised by the rapidity of it all. The familiarity of the motions take hold and the thinking gives way to routines.
Farm Happenings and Beyond
This Saturday, March 18th, we are attending the Champaign-Urbana Indoor Farmers’ Market inside Lincoln Square Mall (8 am to 12 noon). The weather should be clear (albeit cold) and perfect for an outing to the market. We’re bringing LOTS of cheese, so come out and show us some love:
Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
Seasonal chevre: fresh chive & lemon zest
Fresh Mozzarella: Perfect for a home-made pizza or melted over a fried egg, or just slice, drizzle with really good olive oil and balsamic glaze and serve with warm crusty bread
Ukrainian Farmhouse cheese: try serving it on toast with your favorite jam or a drizzle of honey
Angel Food: (all cow milk mini-brie)
Little Bloom on the Prairie (all cow milk camembert-style)
Raclette-Alpine Style: our newest all cow milk raw-milk cheese-this cheese is made for melting. Serve it with boiled or roasted potatoes and pickles—the way the Swiss like to eat it.
Moonglo: raw goat milk tomme (semi-hard cheese) perfect for slicing and eating or indulging in a grown-up fancy grilled cheese sandwich
Pelota Roja: raw goat milk “Spanish” style cheese with guajillo chile-olive oil pasted rind. Sharp, nutty-great for grating, shaving or slicing
Feta in Whey Brine: currently made with all cows’ milk-creamy and mellow but perfect for a winter salad of greens and a citrus vinaigrette
All Natural Yogurt (made with 100% Jersey Cow Milk)-no additives, no thickeners-just milk and probiotic cultures—both pints and quarts available.
If you can’t make it to the market, why not order from our online store for farm pick up. We have the full selection of cheeses available PLUS a variety of cheese-friendly accompaniments, RAW GOAT MILK!!!, EGGS from Joyful Wren Farm and ORGANIC CARROTS from Blue Moon Farm. If you’re not local, you can always order from our online store for shipping. We ship nationwide Tuesdays and Wednesdays either 1-2 ground or 2nd Day Air (depending on your location).
Save the DATE: Saturday, April 15th A curated cheese tasting and cheese “worship” with author and cheese celebrity Erika Kubick (“Cheese, Sex Death” author and fan favorite here at PFFC). We will be offering two sessions (10:00-11:30 am and 1:00-2:30 pm). Details and ticket sales will go live sometime tomorrow (April 11th). Stay tuned to our website for all the details!
Babies and Brunch! Yes, Yes!
We will be hosting two “Babies & Brunch” events this spring—April 2nd and 16th (both Sundays). We’ll feature locally made pastries, goat milk hot chocolate and Mad Goat Coffee Roasters Coffee. We will be taking reservations for these events; we are hoping to have them live by early next week.
The Farm store will resume our regular weekend open hours (Saturdays and Sundays, 11-5) starting May 6th.