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Winter, What is it good for? Misled by a Rodent, Final Dote on the Does, Babies & Brunch, Dinners on

Posted 2/21/2019 10:03pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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 Farm News

The dull light, the pervasiveness of gray, the clingingly cold humid air, the lifeless frozen ground; all bespeak the persistence of winter.  The star rodent who dwells in Pennsylvania predicted an early spring, but he must have received a bum tip from his handlers.  Having come to trust in the ground hog’s prognostications, I feel somewhat betrayed. The standing pools of partially frozen water and the mud that clings to our dog Blue’s undercarriage suggest that spring, like me, has decided to sleep in a little while longer.

The goats show no interest in venturing outside, content to burrow a little deeper in their straw bedding to stay warm.  There swelling bellies and voracious appetites underline the urgency of moving forward despite winter’s lingering grip.  We have started to clean out the kid barn, to wash the baby bottles and set up the new born totes. The births are insensitive to the weather; they will come when it’s time, snow squalls or not.  The inevitability of the change of seasons gives me hope. Sleep deprivation awaits me in the near future.

Final Dote on the Does-This Weekend February 23-24, 11 AM to 3 PM each day

Come out for “Dote on the Does” and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or a specialty coffee drink as you meet the moms of the babies that will be born this spring. Our staff will be grooming and feeding the goats, as well as answering any questions you may have. Watch as we measure and track the girth of the does scheduled first to go (kidding season should start the first full week in March): Helena, Medusa, Periwinkle, Violet, and Zora.  

This is your last chance to take your guess at which doe will give birth first! Pick a doe, a date and the number of kids for a chance to win a free Prairie Fruits Farm t-shirt. While you’re visiting, venture into the Farm Store for a cheese board and glass of wine or beer or just curl up in a comfy chair and read a book or magazine. The farm store will have a limited repertoire of cheese for sale, as well as other products (meats, eggs, sausages, locally milled flour, honey, jam, PFF& C “merch”) and more!  

Babies and Brunch Season will be here soon!

The arrival of baby goats at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery means one thing to many of our patrons: the return of “Babies and Brunch.” This year, our season kicks off on Saturday March 30th with pastries and baked goods from Lucky Pierre Bakers.  Chef Raquel Ritz will take over the culinary helm in April with her pop-up café style menu. Details are forthcoming, but mark your calendars NOW.  The farm store will be open every weekend starting March 30th, both Saturdays and Sundays, but hours and offerings will differ for each day.

No Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery CSA this year, but try our Cheese CSA add on through Blue Moon Farm’s CSA

We have decided to forgo our cheese and gelato CSA this year, so that we can focus our attentions on bringing you delicious cheese and gelato to the Urbana Farmers’ Market and to offer it to you in our farm store, The Real Stand. That said, we will be participating in Blue Moon Farm’s new multi-farmer, customizable CSA program. Details and sign up opportunities are in the works.

Dinners on the Farm: The 2019 Season

What better way to encourage winter to be on its way than to plan for our summer-fall farm dinner series. We’ve been communicating with a number of chefs this winter, some familiar favorites and some new, and we are excited to launch the sale of tickets for many of the dates this season.  Ticket sales begin on Friday, February 22nd at 10 AM

If you’re not familiar with how our dinners work, check out our “Dinner Basics” page. If you’re a regular and you want to dive right in, go to the “2019 Season” page. We have a fantastic line up of chefs and themes so far, with more in the planning. We are excited to host you all again and to ignite the magic around good food and great company.

Taking reservations for spring goat kids

If you’re looking for exceptionally healthy, American-Dairy-Goat-Association-registerable breeding stock (doelings and bucklings) or just a great pet/companion, consider reserving a kid or more through our website.  Our kidding season will start in mid- March, and prices vary by age. 

Volunteer Opportunities at the Farm

If you’re interested in volunteering during kidding season (we need lots of help feeding baby goats, cleaning their pens and making sure they’re happy and healthy), send us an email and we’ll add you to our list of volunteers. The email address is: prairiefruitsinfo@gmail.com

Feeding shifts are 7-8 AM, 12-1 PM and 4:30-5:30 PM, 7 days a week from mid-March through mid-May.   We are hosting a mandatory volunteer orientation this Sunday, February 23rd from 3-4 pm. If you want to help feed baby goats, you must attend this meeting. 

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