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Cheese as art, Farmers' Market news and fall dinner tickets go on sale

Posted 7/30/2015 10:12pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Cheese as Art

Late last fall, we received a curious inquiry. A gentleman name Mike Geno was undertaking a “Cheese Map Project,” painting cheeses from every state in the nation.  He wanted to paint a portrait of our Huckleberry Blue to represent the state of Illinois.  Here was his proposition: send him a wheel of our cheese and he would send us a print of the painting.  So, we scanned the shelves in our aging room for a particularly beautiful wheel of Huckleberry—cloaked in apple-brandy soaked sycamore leaves, tied up in twine like a lovely parcel of raw milk rusticity. We sent it off proudly, not really knowing when or if we would ever see its rendition in paint. 

Imagine my surprise today, when a flat package arrived in the mail from a Mike Geno. It had been so long since we sent him the cheese wheel that I didn’t recognize his name or associate it with the package contents.  After slicing the tape to reveal the contents, I was amazed to see Huckleberry Blue’s likeness on canvas.  The artist captured the essence of the cheese so well, I could almost smell it. Want to see more of the Cheese Map Project? Check out his work on Instagram.

Huckleberry Blue painting

Farmers’ Markets—Cheese, Crackers, Gelato AND Peaches

We’re attending both Urbana’s Market at the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market on Saturday.  The secret password into the world of delicious cheese is “bloomy rind.” Ask for Little Bloom on the Prairie, in particular, and we’ll give you a recipe for how to enjoy this cheese with our scrumptious peaches.   

We also have:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Fresh ricotta: this is probably the last batch of the summer, so get it while it lasts
  • Feta Little Bloom on the Prairie: still on sale this week, still more brie like in its gooey deliciousness
  • Angel Food
  • Black Goat: the Geo rind is particularly lovely on this batch
  • Moonglo
  • Huckleberry Blue

Peaches are everywhere on the farm these days, and they’ve made their way into gelato. Flavors this week include:

  • Peaches & Cream (singles only)
  • Lavender (made with fresh lavender buds from Sharps Crossing Lavender Farm in Urbana, IL)
  • Fresh Mint
  • Salted Caramel Swirl
  • Thai Basil
  • Lemon Chevre
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Frozen Yogurt with Lemon Zest (made with our goat milk yogurt)
  • Plum Sorbetto
  • Sangria Sorbetto

Speaking of peaches, our U-pick this week has been so successful that we have to cancel tomorrow (Friday)’s U-pick. However, we’ll be bringing first and seconds peaches to the Urbana market—Dani will be at Heirloominous Farm’s tent again at the north end of aisle 3 (just ask us at our tent and we’ll point you in the right direction).  She will also have some amazing baked goods made with our peaches:

  • Savory and sweet peach gallettes
  • Peach pie
  • Peach jam bars
  • Thumb print cookies with peach jam and blackberries  

Farm Happenings

The tickets for fall dinner dates go on sale on Saturday August 1st at 12 noon.  If you’re not familiar with our ticket sales platform, “ShowClix,” I recommend you go on the website tomorrow and click through some of the dinner dates. 

We also have a couple of seats that just recently opened up for our dinner on August 8th with guest chef Niall Campbell of Firefly Grill as well as seats to our Cucurbit Dinner with The Great Pumpkin Patch. Stay tuned for future events in August and September including “Third Friday Pop-Ups” and our fall tasting trail with Sleepy Creek Vineyard and KD Game Ranch.   

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