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The naming of a future generation of milkers

Posted 10/23/2014 9:58pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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 For some reason, I’ve been procrastinating about selecting a theme for this year’s crop of replacement doelings.  Maybe it’s been my preoccupation with breeding season, maybe it’s my worries over how to keep the does’ milk production up once they’re bred or maybe it’s just denial that this year’s “babies” will soon be grown up enough to breed.  Well, we have settled on a theme at last, thanks to Sarah, our wholesale cheese sales manager, sous chef and tour coordinator extraordinaire.  Drum roll please… It’s “weed’s and invasive plants of Illinois.”  

I admit that I resisted this theme at first. I’m partial to conferring human names on our girls.  However, once I delved into a website rich with latin and common names of well over 100 plants that invade our landscape, I was struck by the beauty of these names: Mallow, Chicory, Absinthe, Valerian.  Moreover, so many of the growth habits of these plants matched the personalities of these girls to a t. The choice was meant to be.  So, with great pleasure and not a whole lot of fanfare, I introduce some of this year’s doelings.

Chicory

AKA "Nina baby"-- beautiful and sweet like her blue flowering namesake

Thistle

AKA "Cecilia baby" but also known as "houdini" and "docent goat" because of her propensity to escape from her pen during farm tours.

Purslane

AKA "Squirrel baby"  also known for her running habits (similar to the way purslane spreads over the ground).  

Farmers’ Markets

We’re down to one outdoor farmers’ market this weekend: Urbana’s Market at the Square.  Please remember that although the outdoor market ends on November 1st, the market moves inside Lincoln Square Mall on Saturday, November 8th.  The weather this Saturday is forecast to be gorgeous, so I hope you will make time to patronize the farmers’ market.  We’ve got a nice selection of cheeses:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper and the final batch of heirloom tomato
  • Angel Food Brie
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Black Goat (very young, but will ripen in your frig if you let it)
  • Moonglo

Our fall gelato flavors just keep getting better and better:

  • Quince Swirl
  • Pumpkin
  • Buttermilk-Chocolate Cake
  • Cardamom
  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Hazelnut
  • Espresso
  • A few pints of assorted other flavors including Peanut Butter and Local Grape Jam (PBJ), Toasted Coconut, Pecan Biscotti,Pear Sorbetto, Peach-Raspberry Sorbetto.
Farm Dinner Tickets Update Due to a cancellation, we have a couple of tickets available for the November 8th Farm Dinner “Autumnal Bliss” with Guest Chef Bruce Sherman of Northpond Restaurant in Chicago.  We also have plenty of seats available for the “Unthanksgiving” dinner on November 22nd (featuring comfort foods our eastern European roots) and the final dinner of the season on December 6th.  If you’ve been thinking about coming to a dinner this year, and haven’t had a chance, we’ve got some tickets for you.   


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