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It's finally here--spring that is...SATURDAY OPEN HOUSE & BREAKFASTS

Posted 3/18/2011 1:13pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.
baby goat heads
My electronic silence of late is born of the birthing of baby goats.  Our kidding season began about two and a half weeks ago, and I am now just barely able to come up for air. Fertility must have been in the air last October, because we're having record numbers of triplets this year. Lots of big male kids getting stuck in the birth canal backwards--giving me lots of practice as a goat midwife. I've already had to extricate two sets of kids stuck in the birth canal at the same time (and they're usually breach too!). This is especially challenging, because I'm not always sure whose feet I am grabbing hold of as I try to untangle bodies to facilitate their exit into the world.  Our tally to date is close to 80 kids out of about 35 does. Mothers and babies are doing fine. Births and the baby explosion translate to luscious milk, which further translates to the first fresh chevre of the season. 
What does this all mean for those of you who have been awaiting the return of fresh chevre, baby goats and farm breakfasts???
OUR FIRST OPEN HOUSE-FARM BREAKFAST IS TOMORROW, MARCH 19TH FROM 9AM TO 12 NOON.
 We'll have cheese for sale:
Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence and cracked pepper
Huckleberry Blue-our raw goat milk blue cheese made last December. It's a wonderful slightly pungent blue.
Moonglo--our raw goat milk tomme aged about 3 1/2 months with the rich late lactation milk of December. 
We have Blue Moon Farm selling their wonderful spring spinach, kale, chard, parsley, cilantro along with carrots, and potatoes.  For their customers who have been pre-ordering veggies over the winter, they wanted you all to know that there is no pre-order process during the Prairie Fruits Farm spring markets; the format is just like a regular market, with everything first-come, first-served.
Tomahnous Farm will be here as well with some lettuce, herbs, goat milk soap and dried tomatoes and shitake mushrooms.

What's for breakfast you ask?

Tomahnous Farms free- range fried egg sandwich on Stewart's home-made bagel with fresh chevre, Triple S Farm bacon and PFF jalepeno jelly
Three sister's Farm oatmeal with candied Jarell-family walnuts and Spence Farm maple syrup topping
Blue Moon Farm's sweet Carrot Tart Tatin
Michigan Blueberry fresh baked Scones
Fair Trade Coffee & Goat Milk Hot Chocolate to wash down those delicious breakfast items.

Breakfasts are served first come first served from 9AM until 12 or when we sell out. NO RESERVATIONS required.

You will be able to view the goats and their babies as well as enjoy breakfast and shop for great early season local foods. We have a new barn for kids this year and a new set of procedures for ensuring "biosecurity," a fancy word for keeping our goats stay healthy and you our visitors.  We are asking people NOT to pet or even touch the goats or kids this year, and to follow directions for hand-washing and using our foot baths.  It should all run smoothly, and we will have our staff on hand to answer any questions you might have. 
The weather promises to be warm and sunny, so we're expecting a big crowd. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE ROAD. YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO PARK EITHER ALONG OUR DRIVE WAY OR INTO THE OVERFLOW AREA TO THE NORTH OF OUR DRIVEWAY. We appreciate your cooperation with proper parking. 
We look forward to seeing you here at the farm tomorrow.  HAPPY SPRING!