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From wet to Dry: Girls back on Pasture, Celebrate National Farmers' Market Week

Posted 8/6/2015 10:48am by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

As farmers, we become used to extremes: birth and death, sickness and health, hot and cold, lush and barren, wet and dry. The farm’s pendulum swings brusquely from one extreme to the other.  We become conditioned to working at the edge; the emotional roller coaster that ensues becomes the “normal” mode of operation. When conditions hover in the middle, we’re often at a loss as to how to react. 

This week, the farm continued to dry out, and notes of mellowness pervaded.  Peach harvest season is in full swing; tomatoes are starting to ripen. We’re at that point in the season where going grocery shopping is only for toilet paper and laundry soap. We’re now at a point of wishing for some rain. 

The good side of dry is our ability to clean out barns and stalls laden with manure and bedding.  We did a lot of clean out this week. We even removed the compost mountain behind the doe barn that the goat girls had become so fond of. After milking, they would fight to climb to the top of the pile and bask in being elevated above their peers.  I know how much the goat kids love to climb; this need is really a core essence of being a goat, and it carries through to adulthood and even old age.  The other great thing about no rain is getting the girls back out to pasture on a daily basis. They won’t go outside when just a few raindrops hit their backs.  Once standing waters receded, we had mowed the pasture to renew its growth. It warms to see them wading out into the sea of green once again. 

 goats on compost pile

The bucks are starting to notice their female friends a little too intensely, so it is time to move them down to the north pasture until breeding season begins in October; don’t want any more fence busting and “unplanned” pregnancies.

Farmers’ Market News

We’ll be attending both Urbana’s Market at the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market.  It is National Farmers’ Market week, so come out and support your farmers. We’re even running a little “campaign” on Facebook and Twitter-so check it out.

NOTE TO GREEN CITY MARKET GOERS: WE WON’T BE ATTENDING THE MARKET ON AUGUST 15TH BECAUSE OF THE AIR SHOW. YOU MIGHT WANT TO STOCK UP ON CHEESE AND GELATO THIS WEEK. WE RETURN ON AUGUST 22ND.

This week we have:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs, cracked pepper
  • Feta: whey-brine aged; tangy and crumbly
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie (young but yummy)
  • Black Goat
  • Angel Food (limited quantities)
  • Moonglo

For gelato, we have:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Espresso
  • Caramel Machiatto
  • (only in singles)
  • Peaches & Cream
  • Salted Caramel Swirl
  • Fresh Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Lavender
  • Peach-Raspberry Sorbetto

Don’t forget to pick up some our irresistible crackers and salted goat-milk caramels (Urbana only for the caramels). Don’t forget to check out the latest happenings at the farm through our website and our Facebook page. 


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