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Waiting for the frost, North Lincoln Avenue NOW OPEN and Holiday Farm Market Coming

Posted 10/30/2014 9:01pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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 Farm News

I have a confession to make on the eve of Hallows eve (aka Halloween); I’m longing for plant death. We’re expecting our first killing frost tomorrow night with temperatures expected to dip into the high 20’s by midnight.  Although such sentiments seem gruesome, they really reflect a mercy killing---pepper plants that have been picked so many times, there’s just no more room for pickled peppers; okra flowers that have been enjoyed all summer; zinnia blooms of fuchsia, neon orange and lime green that just seem jarring against the muted fall hues of senescing maple leaves.   The plants that get better with frost—kale, chard, broccoli—they need some relief too. 

maple tree in color


For the first time in a while, we’re actually on top of the gradual process of laying our garden beds to rest.  We bit the proverbial bullet earlier this week and ripped out the remaining tomato vines.  On Tuesday, we spread some of our miracle goat manure compost, tilled it all in and planted a rye cover crop just as rains started to fall.  We even got our garlic and shallots ordered in time and planted before the rain. 

garlic planting


Killing frost gives a clean finality to the growing season.  You no longer have to feel guilty about trying to keep summer crops going or harvesting them when you know they have given you more bounty than you could possibly use over the winter.  Killing frosts give the farm permission to slow down, to indulge in a bit of laziness, to rest. 

Farmers’ Markets:

It will be chilly on Saturday November 1st, but we will be attending the final outdoor farmers’ market of the season at Urbana’s Market at the Square.  Put on your long underwear and come out to get some of the best local food around.  We’ll be there with our coveralls on with plenty of cheese and gelato:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence and cracked pepper
  • Angel Food Brie
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Black Goat-still a bit young, but patience in your refrigerator will be your reward for this cheese
  • Moonglo

On the gelato front, we have some delicious flavors for you.  On the bright side, it won’t melt on your way home from the market:

  • Ginger
  • Pumpkin
  • Honey Thyme
  • Cardamom
  • Salted Caramel & Gingerbread
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Buttermilk & Chocolate Cake
  • Espresso (limited)
  • Hazelnut (limited)
  • Quince Swirl (limited)

NORTH LINCOLN AVENUE’S DETOUR FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION IS SUSPENDED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE FALL AND WINTER.  You can now come directly to our farm via North Lincoln without having to go around Willow and Oak Streets.  This brings me to some other great news.  The Kitchen at Prairie Fruits Farm will be crafting a range of holiday treats this holiday season. 

Holiday Farm Cooking and Farm Sales

We’ll be preparing both savory and sweet dishes to ease the burden of holiday cooking.  From cheese boards with house-made crackers and jams to stuffing to gravy to pies, we’ll make these show-stopper delectables using all local ingredients.  By the end of next week, we’ll have an ordering system in place and then you’ll be able to come out to the farm to pick them up before the holidays.  We will be hosting a holiday farm open house on Wednesday, November 19th to launch holiday food sales. Of course, you’ll also be able to purchase our regular dairy products too.  Stay tuned for details next week.   

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