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Denying autumnal clues, farmers' markets and farm happenings

Posted 8/20/2015 10:28pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

As much as last week’s sweltering temperatures and violent thunderstorms had me convinced that summer would linger, today’s unmistakable crispness foreshadows a change of the seasons.  The signs are here:  the clarity of light in the afternoon, the bounty of red tomatoes dropping off their vines, the wafting of buck odors from the north pasture, the intense glow from the waxing moon and evening stars.  

You could argue that this is the best time of year. The earth is rich with the fruits of spring plantings, the peaches are still ripening and sweet, the does’ milk is starting its gradual increase in solids so perfect for cheese making.  That sense of urgency that pervades farm life for most of spring and summer becomes slightly muted as fall approaches. Yet, you know that what follows the serenity of autumn is the frigidity and barrenness of winter.  It takes discipline to just be present in these glorious days of late august.

Farmers’ Markets

We’re back to two farmers’ markets this Saturday, August 22nd: Urbana’s Market at the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market.  Here’s the cheese line up:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper (heirloom tomato will be appearing very soon)
  • Angel Food
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Black Goat
  • Moonglo
  • Huckleberry Blue

It’s still perfect weather for gelato:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Sweet Corn
  • Salted Caramel
  • Peaches & Cream
  • Nectarine Sorbetto

Are some of the flavors we’ll be offering both in pints and single servings

Farm Happenings

School may be starting, but we have lots going on at the farm over the next several weeks:

Third Friday Pop-Up—That’s TOMORROW, FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST 5:30-7:30—Can you say “Porchetta?”

Last Summer Open House of the Season: Wednesday, August 25th: 4-6 PM (maybe still have U-Pick Peaches too)

Fork in the Road Tasting Trail: September 13th 1:30-5:30 PM

"For the Love of Cucurbits" Farm Dinner: Saturday, September 26th (Tickets are still available)

Stay tuned for details about fall apple picking, classes, tastings and workshops at the farm. 


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