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It's official: Cheese Won't Make You Fat!

Posted 6/23/2011 8:52pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.
Headline News:  A comprehensive study of foods people eat that make them gain or loose weight has concluded that cheese DOES NOT make you gain weight (stay away from potato chips, though).  This is yet another validation that cheese is GOOD for you! We're here to help you stay healthy with a lovely array of goat and sheep milk cheeses. 
This Saturday, we're attending THREE farmers' markets: Urbana, Bloomington and Oak Park.
Here's what we plan to have available:
  • Lots of lemony fresh chevre--plain, herbs de Provence and cracked peppercorn
  • Sheep milk feta--the first of the hothouse tomatoes are making their debuts at various farmers' markets around Illinois, so what better way to enjoy them than with crumbled tangy-salty feta cheese.
  • Angel Food--the gooeyness returns
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie--how about warming it in the oven and serving it on a bed of local mixed salad greens
  • Black Sheep--our new and improved version of black sheep is a bit younger than before, but oh so creamy in the mouth
  • Ewe Bloom--think Robiola but with sheep milk
  • Red Dawn--the smoked paprika on the rind will remind you of bacon
  • Huckleberry Blue-our spring milk version--it's got a nice blue bite but the body of the cheese is filled with notes of the grape jam-cassis spirits rub it's been bathed in
  • Mollisol Pecorino--a raw sheep milk pecorino romano swabbed in black currant-olive oil paste, aged for one year. It has a wonderful nutty flavor and works great as a grating cheese.
Wes has been slaving in front of the gelato batch freezer to offer our Urbana Farmers' Market goers a nice selection of our goat milk gelato. Here's what he'll be bringing to the market:
  • Simply Vanilla
  • Luscious Chocolate
  • Nocciola di Piemonte (hazelnut)
  • Pistacchio Siciliano
  • Local strawberry
  • Strawberry-rhubarb sorbetto
If you can't make it to the farmers' markets this Saturday, don't despair. Our on-farm "open house" is growing with products and guest vendors.  This coming Tuesday, June 28th from 3 to 7PM, expect lots more cheese and gelato of course, a few offerings from our organic vegetable garden, veggies from Blue Moon Farm AND artisan breads and cookies from Pekara Bakehouse.  Pretty soon, you'll be able to craft an elaborate meal from the wonderful local foods we'll have on offer at our farm. 
soltice moon
We have another farm dinner this Saturday--Summer Beer and Cheese Fest. The weather should be very pleasant (if not a bit cool), so we'll be dining outside.  The menu will be posted on our website some time tomorrow for those of you who would like to know what we're serving with the Blind Pig Brewery's outstanding microbrews.  To view the menu, go to www.prairiefruits.com and click on "Dinners on the Farm." Then, go to "Dinner Descriptions and Make Reservations" (NOTE, this dinner is sold out) and click on the June 25th Summer Beer and Cheese dinner for details. Summer is officially here, as this outrageous soltice moonrise suggests.