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summer's hot and the cheese is cool--the ying and yang of the season

Posted 6/30/2011 10:06pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.
It's hard to believe we've arrived at the weekend of fourth of july already.  The rhythm of the spring and early summer has been as rapid as a beebop jazz tune--dizzying.  I know that we're entering full blown summer because the fire flies have been lighting up the early evening skies and the wind is blowing just a bit more gently than it does in the spring.  The sun is taking its sweet time descending into the evening sky and leaving a shockingly reddish orange hue in its wake.
This fourth of july weekend promises to cook up our typical hot and steamy Midwestern summer, so w
e're loading up the coolers for the farmers' market with cheese.  We often associate fourth of july with meat and grills, but what better way to accompany those steaks or burgers or chicken thighs than with some gooey bloomy rind cheese or slathering on some fresh chevre on the bun. 
This Saturday, July 2nd, we're attending THREE farmers' markets: Urbana, Oak Park and Chicago's Green City Market. 
We've got a great line up of cheeses:

  • Fresh chevre--the usual suspects of plain, herbs de Provence and cracked peppercorn
  • Fresh sheep milk ricotta--it's so fresh and light--how about drizzling it with some local honey and topping it with some fresh berries??
  • Sheep milk feta--now's the time to get some of those early hot house tomatoes& cukes and make a beautiful greek salad with our rich feta
  • Angel Food--nice and gooey
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie-dense, creamy and would be great lightly grilled along side those burgers---try topping it with some caramelized onions or onion jam!
  • Ewe Bloom--we have our triangles as well as the little baby baba blooms--perfect for a crostini appetizer
  • Black Sheep-also in "baby" size as well as our regular rounds--gotta love the ash
  • Huckleberry Blue-our very piquant (if you love blue cheese, you'll get your money's worth with this one) raw goat milk blue--also great on a burger (notice a theme here??)

For our Urbana Farmers' Market customers, we've got a great lineup:
  • Simply Vanilla
  • Luscious Chocolate
  • Nocciola (Hazelnut)
  • Sicilian Pistacchio
  • Honey Chevre
  • Local Strawberry
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Sorbetto

Tuesday Farm Sales-Open House
Thanks to those of you have ventured out to our on-farm sale on Tuesday afternoons.  We continue to grow each week in customers and diversity of offerings. This coming Tuesday, July 5th, we'll have our very own cheeses and gelato (and probably soem things out of our garden). We'll also welcome back Pekara Bakehouse with their artisan breads, cookies and pastries. Blue Moon Farm will be here as well. They are reinstating their pre-ordering system so they can make sure to bring the right amount of produce. To place your order by Monday, July 4th, please go to their order form:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J38SQ7G or Order Form
Lastly, we'll have a very special guest farmer, a maple syrup maker from Ohio called "Sticky Pete's."  Here's some information about how they sell their maple syrup and their farm.  This is a one time offer, so come out and get some great maple syrup:
"The sizes I sell at the market are 8oz-$7.50, 12oz-$9.50, 16oz-$13.00 and I may be able to bring some quarts, but not sure.  I also have some fancy leaf bottles large, medium and small which make terrific gifts, they range in size from 8.45oz, 3.5oz and 1.7oz and are more pricey because of the bottles.  Sticky Petes is a 1500 tap sugarbush situated in southeastern Ohio in the foothills of the Appalachians.  Began in 1996 by John Berry and Laura McManus and their faithful dog Pete.  Our label is a tribute to Pete who carefully watched over the process, from gathering sap in the woods in early spring, to boiling in the sugarhouse, to bottling our delicious golden amber on its way to the market.  Our syrup is handcrafted and we are committed to making your day naturally sweeter!"