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Exponential growth of milk, "babies & brunch" full menu starts tomorrow, Mother's Day Brunch and mor

Posted 4/5/2019 9:10pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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 Farm News

When we planned last fall’s breeding season to freshen over 50 does in less than three weeks, we thought mostly about minimizing the sleepless nights delivering babies and fretting over laboring mothers.  We thought less about the consequences of exponential milk growth in the bulk tanks. The upshot has been a brisk transition from one or two batches of cheese per week to cheese makes every day. I confess that the Maserati speed has been a bit jarring to my aging body. My existence is now tuned to the whims of the precious white fluid: pump milk, pasteurize milk, culture milk, ladle curd, wash dishes, scrub floors and repeat.  The intensity of the routine leaves little time for reflection; the curd waits for no one. 

As the progression begins to congeal into familiar patterns, I take comfort in the certainty of repetition.  There is beauty in the movement of the ladle and the sound of curd plopping gently into cheese cloth.  There is satisfaction in the gleam of a well-cleaned cheese vat.  There is pride in reconnecting with the deliciousness of fresh spring chevre. 

First Full Menu “Babies & Brunch” with Chef Raquel Ritz, Market Offerings This Weekend

Chef Raquel is back in her culinary saddle this week as we launch the April Full Menu “Babies and Brunch.” She has pulled out all the stops for the first menu. You can get all the details, including this week's menu HERE

Remember: Saturday, the farm is open 10 AM to 2 PM. You can visit with the goats, see the babies and enjoy brunch.  Parking is limited due to continued wet and soggy ground. We encourage our guests to carpool.

New this year-if you have 4 or more people in your car you can park for free! Fewer than four? We are taking a $5/car donation.

Delight Flower Farm will be here doing a Pop-Up Flower Shop in front of our barn.

We’ve been making lots and lots of fresh chevre (because there’s nothing better than spring chevre) and we have made a special flavor in honor of spring: Chevre with Fresh Chives and Lemon Zest. In addition, we have:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Moonglo
  • Pelota Roja

OR get a scoop gelato:

  • Vanilla (we have a few pints of  vanilla only this week)
  • Lemon Crème
  • Chocolate
  • Espresso
  • Black Currant-Cassis—made with locally grown black currants from Midwest Agroforestry Systems (Ogden, IL) and Kentucky distilled cassis (black currant liqueur)

Check out the new items in our farm store

-soaps from Red Barn Farm (including loofa soaps and liquid soap)

-pancake mixes from Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains

-Animal Welfare Approved Bandanas

-Charcuterie from Piemonte Sausage Co.  (pancetta, pork loin filleto)

-locally milled flours from Janie’s Mill

-fresh eggs and pastured meats and poultry from Bane Family Meats


In addition to “Babies & Brunch,” the farm will be open on Sunday from 1-4 pm. Although we won’t be offering brunch service, you can still “Build your own Cheese Board” with wine/beer, peruse the farm store and visit with some of the goats (the barns will be closed, but we’ll have a pen with babies set up outside so you can get your fill of those jubilant beings). 

Other Farm Happenings

We’re now taking reservations for our Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. We have two seatings—10 am to 12 noon and 12:30-2:30. Check out the amazing menu that Chef Raquel has crafted and book your reservations NOW. 

Don’t forget to sign up for a farm dinner. I will be adding more dates and themes in the next week or so, but the tickets already for those already on sale are going fast.

Yoga with Goats

Maggie Taylor, owner of Delight Flower Farm, will once again be offering goat yoga this spring. She has posted a number of dates with ticket sales in progress. This playful take on yoga practice will surely delight—check out the dates and book your reservations now. 

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