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It's still summer --It must be time for ricotta

Posted 8/25/2011 10:16pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.
The skies finally opened up on Tuesday afternoon to let loose amost one inch of rain.  After nearly a month of drought, it was beginning to look like a dust bowl around here.  We had tilled up several of our pasture paddocks in anticipation of planting our fall season pasture plants, and just the slightest wind set the soil aloft. This rain was just enough to moisten the seed bed and get those seeds to germinate.  Of course, yesterday's 90++ degree temperatures reminded us that summer is not quite over yet. 
Today was a day of vaccination for the goats. We had the vet school come out and spray a vaccine into the nostrils of nearly ninety goats (20 kids and 60 adult does and our bucks) to protect them against the organisms that cause pneumonia.  Almost everyone was very cooperative; only two of our petite La Manchas sized up the situation as something undesirable, and they had to be chased around half the pasture to get their nasal spray. 

The tomatoes are still plentiful around here. Our chef, Alisa, has been busy in the kitchen making pickles of many kinds, jams to beat the band and her wonderfully seasoned tomato sauce. Another indication that summer is still around--canning jars cover the counter tops where ever there is open space.
This Saturday, August 27th, we're attending THREE farmers' markets: Urbana, Green City Market and Oak Park.  We've got some fantastically fresh sheep milk ricotta for you (get it while it lasts as our sheep milk supply is dwindling). We also have:
  • Fresh Chevre--plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper and heirloom tomato
  • Angel Food brie
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Ewe Bloom
  • Black Sheep--it's beautifully gooey right now
  • Krotovina
  • Moonglo
  • Roxanne
Urbana market goers can enjoy a number of gelato flavors this week:
  • Simply Vanilla
  • Luscious Chocolate
  • Hazelnut
  • Thai-Basil-Lemon Zest (a new flavor fresh out of our herb garden)
  • Blackberry Cream (made with our rich purple organic blackberries)
  • Plum (limited supply)
  • Watermelon
  • Nectarine
There may be another flavor or two showing up--depends on Stewart's ambitions and inclinations.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO COME OUT TO THE FARM ON TUESDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 3-7PM FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE-ON FARM SALE.  WE'RE NOT SURE IF THE RAIN KEPT PEOPLE AWAY OR WHAT THIS PAST TUESDAY, BUT WE STILL HAVE PLENTY OF CHEESE, GELATO, HONEY AND GORGEOUS VEGETABLES FROM BLUE MOON FARM. OUR PLAN IS TO CONTINUE THE SALES THROUGH SEPTEMBER, BUT IF FOLKS ARE TOO BUSY WITH SCHOOL BACK IN SESSION, WE MAY HAVE TO RECONSIDER.  LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT US TO CONTINUE (VOTE WITH YOUR PRESENCE).