Baby goat storm surge, farm happenings and much much more
In the world of espionage, intelligence agencies use sleep deprivation to extract information from their captives. In the world of synchronized goat breeding (well, they naturally synchronized themselves last October), self-induced sleep deprivation is a badge of courage worn by many a seasonal dairy farmer. Last week, we set a few records for our little dairy on the prairie: almost 90 goat kids born in six days and our first set of quintuplets. The waves were constant, like crashing storm breakers on a barrier beach: does going into labor, pulling breach or stuck kids to make way for their siblings, cleaning kids off with warm towels, weighing them, recording their stats, milking out their mothers to bottle feed babies that liquid gold colostrum, washing all those bloody, birth-fluid soaked towels to get ready for the next round of goats going into labor.
Days starting at 5:00 am and ending at 11:00 pm; coaxing those late evening born kids to drink at least a couple ounces of colostrum so you can go to bed, hoping no one would decide to kid in the middle of the night (they say that feeding ruminants in the evening minimizes the likelihood that they will go into labor in the middle of the night because that’s when they’re ruminating—I think there’s some truth to this). The adrenaline rush sustains you for the first few days, but as the week advances, your old bones have an exponentially hard time rebounding from the repetition. Coffee’s role as rouser takes on a more urgent role. It becomes harder to form complicated thoughts or really any thoughts beyond “what’s next?” As the sleep depraved, I wonder how anyone could get anything useful from someone clearly teetering on the line between lucidity and incoherence.
Tonight, the birth storm surge is showing signs of subsiding. The remaining pregnant does (not that many left really) are snoring soundly, the new mothers’ post-partum hormones are no longer raging and the kids are prancing in their pens. I can allow myself to sleep.
Lots Happening at the Farm
Our first spring open house: “Babies & Breakfast” season starts Saturday March 18th. We will be open from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon. The season continues every Saturday (9-12) through April 29th. Come visit with the goats and enjoy a local foods breakfast. This week’s menu is:
- Homemade biscuits with sausage gravy
- House-made biscuits with house-made butter (Kilgus Farmstead heavy cream) and jam
- Mini breakfast burritos (meat and vegetarian)
- Hand-rolled doughnuts
- PFFC Goat yogurt parfaits with homemade local grains granola
- Hard-boiled Bane Family eggs
- Beverages: Columbia Street Roastery Coffee, Goat's Milk Hot Chocolate, Tea and cold pasteurized goat milk
We’ll also be sampling and selling our cheeses and goat milk gelato. We will have the first of the season FRESH Chevre, Snow Fog, Huckleberry Blue, Moonglo and our GOAT MILK YOGURT!
Want to fancy up your coffee or hot chocolate? Ask us for a scoop of gelato in your hot beverage—PFFC’s version of an “affogato!” Of course, we’ll be selling other locally made foods including eggs, meats, jams, pickles and sausages. Check out the great selection of Prairie Fruits Farm “merch” (t-shirts, hoodies, onesies, tea-towels, goat milk soap) while you’re at the farm.
REMEMBER: North Lincoln Ave. is under construction again this spring The part of North Lincoln Avenue just north of the intersection with Oaks Road IS CLOSED. Urbana Public Works have posted detour signs along Oaks-Willow Roads and Ford Harris Road to help guide you here to the farm. The good news is that Olympian Drive IS NOW OPEN HEADING EAST, RIGHT TO OUR DRIVEWAY. So, if you’re coming from Champaign or I-57, you can take Olympian Drive east right to our farm! For detailed and accurate directions, visit our website.
CU Farmers: an online farmers’ market for Champaign Urbana. If you can’t make it to the farm this weekend; no worries. You can check out our offerings through CUFarmers (as well as those from Blue Moon Farm and Bane Family Meats). Ordering opens this Sunday, March 19th and closes Tuesday evening, March 21st. Pick up at the Urbana “Market in the Square” on Saturday, March 25th with Blue Moon Farm (9-12).
Cheese and Gelato CSA We still have openings for our 2017 Cheese and Gelato CSA. If you’re the type of person who likes to plan ahead, the CSA model is a great way to access some of the best local foods around. Our CSA is designed to give members the maximum flexibility to choose which cheeses and gelato flavors they want for each pick up. We have four convenient pick up locations in central Illinois: two in Champaign-Urbana and two in Bloomington-Normal. Curious?
Farm to table Meals Ticket sales have been brisk this past week for our farm dinners and pop-up meals. We will be adding a few more dates with new and returning guest chefs, but in the meantime, check out the offerings and book your reservations now.
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