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The wet stuff, farm dinner reservations and summer farm open house

Posted 8/16/2012 8:10pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Farm News

It rained. It really rained--2.5 inches in about three hours kind of rain; daytime sky black as night kind of rain; barn flooded kind of rain.  It came so fast and so furious that even the ingrained manure stains on the concrete walkway between the barn and the milking parlor were washed clean. The first flush of rain caught me in the kid barn during the mid-day feeding.  As I waited for the storm to abate, I watched the rain seep into the barn underneath the metal siding. Frustrating since Ben had just finished cleaning out the barn, and it looked so beautifully clean (and dry). I was able to dart from the kid barn to the house in between storm waves. As the next wave hit and the wind gusts hurled the raindrops sideways, I watched a tiny hummingbird battle the breeze, clinging to the perch of the nectar feeder I had put out for them just yesterday.

The intensity of green that now envelopes the farm reminds me of the deep pea-green of Fuji chrome color slide film (for those of you old enough to remember slides, and slide film). We can almost hear the alfalfa shoot up in response to all that soil moisture, pushing its way toward a respectable fourth cutting.  The tomatoes will surely split with that onslaught of moisture, but that's ok.

Farmers' Markets

This weekend, we're down to only one farmers' market: Urbana.  Unfortunately, we won't be attending the Sunday Logan Square Farmers' Market (so sorry Chicago customers), but we hope to be back there in a couple of weeks. Green City Market is closed due to the Chicago Air Show.  For our Urbana market goers (and we hope there are lots of you), we have a full house of cheese to offer you:

  • Fresh chevre-plain, herbs de Provence, heirloom tomato
  • LOTS of bloomy rind cheeses including the return of Little Bloom on the Prairie (YAY!), Ewe Bloom, Black Goat, Black Sheep and Krotovina
  • Sheep Milk Feta
  • Moonglo
  • Roxanne
  • Huckleberry Blue (the last batch)
  • Mollisol Pecorino Romano

We've got a dozen or so flavors of gelato for you to enjoy as well:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Hazelnut
  • Margot's Mint
  • Blackberry Cream
  • Lemon Verbena-Thyme
  • Thai Basil
  • Peaches & Cream (our Peach sorbetto swirled with our vanilla gelato--YUM)
  • Sorbettos: Cucumber-l.ime-mint; Peach, Nectarine and Concord Grape (it's beautiful to look at as well as delicious)

We've also got some of our farmstead honey for you to buy--both 8 oz. and 16 oz. jars. It's light and floral and ever so good with most of our cheeses.

Farm Dinner Reservations and Summer Open House News

Many of you have been inquiring about the next release of farm dinner reservations. The seats will go on sale through our website on Monday, August 20th at 5PM. You won't be able to make reservations before then, but you can read the descriptions and familiarize yourself with the process.  To make reservations, just go to the Dinner Season part of our website and either click on "Show Clix" or scroll down to the dinner of your choice. They sell out very quickly, so I recommend being poised at your computer at 5PM.  Our last summer farm open house of the season will be next Wednesday, August 22nd from 4 to 6PM. We hope to still have blackberries for you to pick, but stay tuned for updates next Tuesday. It's hard to believe the summer is waning. It's been one for the record books, for sure.