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Verdant signs of spring, new mothers, "Babies & Brunch" continues, Mother's Day Brunch ticket sales

Posted 4/11/2019 9:45pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

There’s a vibrant color that now carpets the land around the farm. It’s a color we haven’t seen around here for too long a time; the color green.  Perhaps I’ve been so consumed by cheese making this spring that I didn’t notice the transformation. The monochromatic schema of browns and greys suddenly has given way to Technicolor splendor. There are other signs as well: the rhubarb leaves have popped out of the ground, hiding their ruby stocks below. A small flock of egrets circled overhead the barn this afternoon, appearing to engage in a courtship ritual.  The hum of the trilling toads crescendos in the evening air over the pond, evidence of amphibian love songs and tadpoles to come.

We are beginning the second wave of kidding, this time mostly the first-time mothers.  As they move from yearlings to new mothers, they seem perplexed by their transformation.  Their instincts and their hormones command them to undergo the pains of labor, only to deliver new life that they resist claiming as their own. It takes some coaxing to get them to clean off their newborn kids.  They act so surprised that this wet and slimy being has emerged from their own being. Reluctantly, they begin to take ownership and move toward the next phase of their lives as mothers, as milkers. 

Second Week of Full Menu “Babies & Brunch” with Chef Raquel Ritz Chef Raquel is planning to hit it out of the culinary ballpark again this Saturday. Check out her menu and plan to get here early to make sure we don’t run out of your favorite items

Remember: Saturday, the farm is open 10 AM to 2 PM. You can visit with the goats, see the babies and enjoy brunch. 

Parking is limited due to continued wet and soggy ground. We encourage our guests to carpool. New this year-if you have 4 or more people in your car you can park for free! Fewer than four? We are taking a $5/car donation.

Delight Flower Farm will be here doing another Pop-Up Flower Shop in front of our barn.

Farm Market Offerings This Weekend

Back by popular demand: Chevre with Fresh Chives and Lemon Zest. In addition, we have:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper SPECIAL THIS WEEKEND ONLY: BUY 1 HERBS DE PROVENCE CHEVRE, GET A 2ND ONE FOR ONLY $5! (this offer applies only to herbs de Provence)
  • Moonglo
  • Pelota Roja

OR get a scoop or pint gelato:

  • Vanilla
  • Lemon Crème
  • Chocolate
  • Stracciatella (chocolate ganache ribbons in vanilla gelato)
  • Black Currant-Cassis—made with locally grown black currants from Midwest Agroforestry Systems (Ogden, IL) and Kentucky distilled cassis (black currant liqueur)

Check out the new items in our farm store

-soaps from Red Barn Farm (including loofa soaps and liquid soap)

-pancake mixes from Funks Grove Heritage Fruits & Grains

-Animal Welfare Approved Bandanas

-Charcuterie from Piemonte Sausage Co.  (pancetta, pork loin filleto)

-locally milled flours from Janie’s Mill AND MORE!

In addition to “Babies & Brunch,” the farm will be open on Sunday from 1-4 pm. Although we won’t be offering brunch service, we’ll be featuring Lucky Pierre bagels and chevre.  You can also “Build your own Cheese Board” with wine/beer, peruse the farm store and visit with the goats-young and old. 

Other Farm Happenings

We’re now taking reservations for our Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet. We have two seatings—10 am to 12 noon and 12:30-2:30. Check out the amazing menu that Chef Raquel has crafted and book your reservations NOW. 

Don’t forget to sign up for a farm dinner. I will be adding more dates and themes in the next week or so, but the tickets already for those already on sale are going fast.

Yoga with Goats Maggie Taylor, owner of Delight Flower Farm, will once again be offering goat yoga this spring. She has posted a number of dates with ticket sales in progress. Several dates are already sold out! This playful take on yoga practice will surely delight—check out the dates and book your reservations now

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