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How many variations on goats' milk and cheese can we make?

Posted 12/9/2010 4:51pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.
Winter arrived with a white thud this past week.  Although not predicted, we were blanketed by about seven inches of heavy wet snow last Saturday, just in time for our last farm dinner. Winter wonderland
It was fitting since this was the photo on the menu.  We kept everyone warm with spectacular pairings of food and beer (you can see the menu on our website) and thankfully propane heaters.  We were regaled by tunes played by my high-school buddy, David Hershey-Webb, who was visiting us (with his family) and gave a concert in Chicago that same weekend.  Bill Morgan, Brew Master of Blind Pig fame, crafted some really fine beers from Saison to Stout.  The belgian beef stew (prepared with meat from a steer we raised on the farm last year) was the piece de resistance, but the guests were left beyond satiated with a dessert of Flatlander chocolate-little bloom truffles, Missouri pecan and Flatlander chocolate "turtles" and chocolate malt goats' milk gelato "balls" rolled in crushed pretzels. 
Sorry for making you all salivate, but the good news is that we made extra truffles and turtles so that we could share them with you at the farmers' markets this weekend.  Here's the cornucopia of what we're bringing to the farmers' markets this Saturday, December 11th--Urbana's Holiday Market inside Lincoln Square Village and Chicago's Green City Market at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum (both run from 8AM to 1PM):
Cheese (in very limited quantities this week, so get to the markets early for the best selection)

  • Fresh chevre--plain, herbs de Provence, cracked peppercorn and a few heirloom dried tomato
  • Angel Food
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Krotovina
  • Moonglo
  • Kaskaskia
  • A few very ripe Red Dawn
We also have the last of our farmstead honey--now in three sizes: a beautiful 5.5 oz. hexagonal jar, our 8-oz. oval jar and our 16 oz. oval jar. 
The last of the Flatlander (local, artisanal dark chocolate produced by the late Dan Schreiber) chocolate in two forms: a little bloom on the prairie (camembert style) chocolate truffle and a caramel-missouri pecan turtle with dark chocolate drizzle
Back by popular demand (your emails do work!): goats' milk cajeta (mexican style caramel sauce very similar to dulce de leche)--half pints and pint size jars will be available. 
Lastly, we have a few of our Community Supported Goat Organic Cotton T-Shirts left (mostly XL size but maybe one or two larges left). We've reduced the price to $12--they do shrink some, and they make a very attractive night shirt with all those beautiful goat heads on the back (a selection of the "girls" of Prairie Fruits Farm") to lull you to sleep. 

Lots of people are asking about the schedule of farm dinners for the 2011 season. If we decide to offer gift certificates again this year, they will appear on our website some time next week.  If not, then the dates for the 2011 will go live on our website in early March 2011. Stay Tuned.....