There’s something in the air: breeding season part two
The farm is soggy. After nearly a week of steady rain, some of it torrential, the ground is squishy under foot; every piece of vegetation is saturated, dead or alive. The air hangs low and heavy, tired of holding onto so much moisture. Inside the doe barns, there’s oblivion to the weather. This week, we had a changing of the guard—unbred does moved into the breeding barn, and a couple of the bucks from the south farm-Jasper and Joe Diffy- were brought in as reinforcements.
The unbred does have been screaming for action (literally)this past week, many of them attempting to sneak into the breeding barn before their time.
Within minutes of uniting with their respective betrothed, they dispensed with the courtship phase of breeding and got down to business. Judging by the entirely blue backsides (and some have blue all over their faces too), in Zircon’s group, we are going to be busy catching babies at the end of March. Meanwhile the bucks remain vigilant, checking the love pheromones wafting in the air; ready to oblige when the does give the signal.
Farm Open Hours—VISIT THE FARM, CHECK OUT OUR “FARM BAR”—ENJOY SOME OF THE BEST LOCAL FOOD AROUND! Indoor and outdoor seating available. LAST CHANCE FOR ‘SUMMER HOURS’ THIS WEEKEND.
With the shorter days, our farm open hours will be changing starting in November. Beginning November 6th, we will be open 11-5 both Saturdays and Sundays. We will begin to offer some special events on Friday evenings-stay tuned for details.
Celebrate FALL with an outing to the farm! Guests can enjoy artfully crafted cheese and charcuterie boards, small bites highlighting what’s local and in season and weekly specials. We feature artisan breads from Publican Quality Bread (Chicago, IL) and scones from Alchemy Coffee & Bakehouse (Wilmette IL). Sunday brunch “Bloody Mary’s” are made from scratch, using organic tomatoes from Blue Moon Farm (Urbana IL). You can also still get gelato by the scoop too!
Need more enticing? Come try some amazing organic and/or biodynamic wines that you can’t find anywhere else in Champaign-Urbana! Some of this week’s featured menu items include:
Cheese boards featuring cheeses from PFFC, Jacobs & Brichford and Ludwig Creamery
Charcuterie Boards featuring Piemonte Sausage Co. and Underground Meats salumi
Publican Quality Bread (PQB) Open-Face Sandwich: Melty Cheese, caramelized onion, roasted squash
Warm Caramelized onion & roasted poblano pepper cheese dip with Carrot Sticks OR PQB bread
Apple “pie” bars
Come try a wine flight this Friday night! We’ll feature three wines from our Organic & Biodynamic Portfolio for a set price. Wine not your thing? Enjoy a cold brew from our newest selection of local microbrews, kombucha beer and hard cider! We’re very excited about these new libations.
This weekend’s Hours are:
Fridays, 4-8 pm
Saturdays, 11-8 pm
Sundays, 11-5 pm
We have pumpkins for sale in the store from Meyer Produce in Philo, IL. We've got some great new jams, pickles, honey, goat t-shirts and "chippy" the goat onesies too!
Goats in Halloween Costume! Hay Rides! Pumpkin decorating! Yes, it’s time for “A Goaty Halloween” on Sunday, October 31st. Book your reservations NOW! There are three time slots from which you can choose. Ticket price includes hay ride, pumpkin decorating and picture taking with our “Halloween-costumed” goats. Grab your tickets to guarantee your full experience! The farm will also be open to visitors who just want to come out and enjoy the farm and our food & beverage offerings too; we will offer activities like hay rides, pumpkin decorating, etc. a la carte, first-come-first served.
Pasture walks with the goats: Experience the tranquility of walking with the goats in the pasture. This is one of most enjoyable experiences on the farm. We have a few hikes scheduled on We