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baby goats on the horizon, farm store hours, "babies & brunch," CSA option and more

Posted 3/8/2019 7:43pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

The baby births are on slow burn as February fades into March. While we’re anxious to get the season underway, we’re secretly happy for the glacial pace. The longer they delay, the more likely winter will make its seasonal retreat from our landscape.  The goats can almost taste the hint of warmer temperatures in the humid air.  Our second doe to kid this season dropped two beautiful bucklings this morning. Several of her barn mates are putting themselves in delivery states of mind. The nights of sleep deprivation loom happily on the horizon.

Farm Store Hours This Weekend

The farm is open for visitors Saturday and Sunday, March 9th and 10th, 11-3 each day. Come see the very pregnant goats and maybe even catch a glimpse of the newest babies.  Come inside the farm store, The Real Stand, to buy some cheese!

NEW in the store: Piemonte Sausage Co. of Urbana is now making charcuterie! We have their pancetta and pork lomito available. Claude and Susan, the owners of Piemonte, went to Italy last fall to learn the craft of salumi making. These products are authentic and delicious! Give them a try. We also have frozen sausages from Piemonte Sausage Co. and meats/poultry and eggs from Bane Family Meats. 

The Prairie Fruits Farm “Milk Bar” will be open, serving espresso drinks and cow milk hot chocolate.  We’ll have a few baked goods from Central IL Bakehouse OR, stay awhile and enjoy a cheese board with baguette and a glass of wine or beer. 

PLEASE NOTE: The farm will be closed the weekends of March 16/17 and 23/24 as we get things ready for Babies & Brunch starting March 30th!

Babies and Brunch Season will be here soon!

The arrival of baby goats at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery means one thing to many of our patrons: the return of “Babies and Brunch.” This year, our season kicks off on Saturday March 30th with pastries and baked goods from Lucky Pierre Bakers.  Chef Raquel Ritz will take over the culinary helm in April with her pop-up café style menu.

Details and menus are forthcoming, but mark your calendars NOW.  The farm store will be open every weekend starting March 30th, both Saturdays and Sundays, but hours and offerings will differ for each day. Saturday hours March 30th through April 27th: 10 AM to 2 PM, Sunday hours, March 31st through April 28th: 1-4 PM.

No Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery CSA this year, but try our Cheese CSA add on through Blue Moon Farm’s CSA

We have decided to forgo our cheese and gelato CSA this year, so that we can focus our attentions on bringing you delicious cheese and gelato to the Urbana Farmers’ Market and to offer it to you in our farm store, The Real Stand. That said, we will be participating in Blue Moon Farm’s new multi-farmer, customizable CSA program.  The link is now open and ready for folks to add on our cheese share (two options) as part of the Blue Moon Farm veggie CSA.

Dinners on the Farm: The 2019 Season

Hard to believe that winter will depart and spring and summer will push their way onto the farm. Start planning your special evenings at the farm by booking a dinner.

If you’re not familiar with how our dinners work, check out our “Dinner Basics” page. If you’re a regular and you want to dive right in, go to the “2019 Season” page. We have a fantastic line up of chefs and themes so far, with more in the planning. One dinner (July 6th with Stephanie Izard) is already sold out, but we still have plenty of seats open for most of the posted dinners. We will be adding more dates and themes within the coming week too. We are excited to host you all again and to ignite the magic around good food and great company.

Taking reservations for spring goat kids

If you’re looking for exceptionally healthy, American-Dairy-Goat-Association-registerable breeding stock (doelings and bucklings) or just a great pet/companion, consider reserving a kid or more through our website.  Our kidding season will start in mid- March, and prices vary by age.  


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