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Market goers persevere

Posted 10/16/2009 10:58am by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

♫ “The weather outside is frightful, but the cheese is so delightful. “♫ We hope you will be singing this refrain as you make your way to the farmers’ markets this Saturday.  Don’t be intimidated by thanksgiving temperatures. We farmers still have wonderful products to offer you.  This week, we will be attending three farmers’ markets: Urbana, Oak Park and Chicago’s Green City Market.  There are only three weekends left for the outdoor markets in Oak Park and Green City.  Since we won’t be attending the Thanksgiving Market in Oak Park, now is the time to begin stocking up on fresh Chevre for the remainder of the year. It freezes very well with no detectable loss in flavor or texture (all my chef customers concur). 
This week we have the following cheeses for your enjoyment:
Fresh Chevre—plain, herbs de Provence and cracked black peppercorn
Angel Food—limited supply
Little Bloom on the Prairie
Ewe Bloom
Krotovina
Red Dawn—our soft ripened goat cheese dusted with smoked paprika. According to Adam, our Oak Park Farmers’ Market cheesemonger “It tastes like bacon!”
Roxanne
Kaskaskia
Ewe Bloom and Krotovina will only be available for another few weeks, so get them while you can. We also have a few jars of honey that we will be bringing to the market. 
For Urbana market goers, we will be bringing a special treat: goat cheese cheesecakes with a honey goat cheese-sour cream topping.
Chef Alisa, who is very large with child, has been busy in the kitchen making her delicious cheesecakes before she goes into labor.  She has made a 4” cake perfect for sharing with someone special (or not). We are offering these cakes at $4 each—a real steal. I have taste tested them (to make sure they were good), and they are delicious!
Prairie Fruits Farm had a brief bout with fame when celebrity chef Stephanie Izard (2008 Top Chef winner) came down to our farm to make cheese and milk a goat. She and her crew made a sweet little video about their goat adventure. To view it, go to her website: www.stephanieizard.com