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Trilling toads, bald eagles and mason bees AND the super powers of colostrum, 5th "babies & breakfas

Posted 4/13/2017 11:03pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

This week, more signs of life emerged from nearby waters or took flight to the air.  The trilling toads hatched from the tadpoles in the pond (aka borrow pit) and began their nocturnal serenade. Their amorous desires are so strong; you can even hear a faint trill during the day.  The family of bald eagles that we came to know last year has returned.  We watched an adult and two juvenile eagles fly overhead yesterday afternoon, graceful but clearly on a mission for something.  Following their flight toward the bare trees along the creek, it was easy to spot the nests of the heron rookery.

The mason bees have been hovering around the barns too. Their arrival gives me relief that we have some pollinators around to pollinate the fruit trees now mostly in bloom.  I marvel that our landscape, so manipulated, can offer sanctuary to such diversity of ancient life.   

Our yearling does (born last spring) have started having their own babies these past couple of weeks.  I like to call them my ‘teenage moms’ because they are 14-15 months old when they freshen.  Most of them have singletons or twins, and their babies are often on the small end of the spectrum.  It is with these kids, especially, that I witness the super powers of colostrum, true “liquid gold.”  Just as superman attained his ability to “leap tall buildings in a single bound” from the earth’s yellow sun, yellow colostrum confers life-affirming immunity to newborns.  I have seen kids that were a little slow to stand, get right up after a few ounces of colostrum in their bellies.  Colostrum-the anti-kryptonite.   

Week Five of “Babies and Breakfast”

The weather forecast is calling for warm temperatures with a bit of wind.  It should be a beautiful day to come out to the farm and enjoy a breakfast made with hyper-local ingredients.    Here is this week's menu for Breakfast with the Babies

  • Doughnuts [Cardamom Vanilla Glaze; Cinnamon Sugar]
  • Cinnamon Rolls with PFF Chevre Ginger Frosting  
  • Biscuits and Gravy (Pork from Bane Family Meats & Goat from PFF)  
  • Biscuits with Homemade Jam & Homemade Butter  
  • Breakfast Burritos (Meat): Greek-style Chicken (Bane Family Meats) and Spinach (Blue Moon Farm), Rice, Egg (Bane Family Meats), and PFF Chevre  
  • Breakfast Burritos (Vegetarian): Roasted Potatoes w/ Green Garlic (Blue Moon Farms), Egg (Bane Family Meats), PFF Chevre, and Greek-style tomato sauce  
  • Parfaits: PFF Goat's Milk Yogurt with Local Grains Granola
  •  Hard-boiled Chicken and Duck Eggs  
  • Beverages include coffee, tea, goat milk hot chocolate and cold goat milk.  

Also, from 9:30-10:30, we’re hosting an Easter egg hunt in our front yard.  Here are some of the details: Children under 12 No admission fee Kids hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy  

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We have so many great local foods for you to pick up from our farm stand, “The Real Stand” this week.  Our cheese repertoire is growing as we add the first bloomy rind cheese of the season, our “little bloom on the prairie.”  Here’s the list of what we expect to have available:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie—our goat milk camembert-style cheese
  • Moonglo
  • Huckleberry Blue
  • Little Red-our special, raw-milk (cow milk) cheese with a smoked paprika, olive oil rind
  • Goat Milk Yogurt in pints and quarts

We have fresh gelato too:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Hazelnut
  • Espresso
  • Salted Caramel Swirl

We are hosting two guest farmers this Saturday. They’ll be set up just outside our barn dining room. Cow Creek Farm will be here with spring ramps (wild leeks harvested from their woods-$10/lb.) and Sticky Pete’s will be here from southeastern Ohio selling maple syrup and other maple products.  Don’t forget our great selection of meats, eggs and sausages from Bane Family Meats, Caveny Farm, KD Ranch and Piemonte Sausage

If you’re looking for unique gifts, check out our goat milk soaps, “Chippy the Goat” tea towels and our wide selection of PFFC t-shirts and hoodies.   


The deadline for signing up for our 2017 Cheese and Gelato CSA season is fast approaching. Please consider signing up this year.  We’d love to have you become a member of a very special “club.”  

CU Farmers-a multi-farmer, online “farmers’ market has two more spring pickups before the outdoor market season starts.  Starting Monday, April 17th at 9:00 AM, you can go online and order veggies (Blue Moon Farm), cheese, yogurt and gelato (Prairie Fruits Farm) and meat and eggs (Bane Family Meats).  Pick up will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at the Market in the Square (inside Lincoln Square Mall). 

Tickets to our Dinners on the Farm are going fast. Our first dinner with guest chef Paul Virant is already SOLD OUT!! We have such a great line of themes and guest chefs this year. Check them out and book your reservations NOW.   


Don't forget there's a detour on N. Lincoln Ave. Please follow the directions on our website. 


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