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Winter's here, it's time for beer.... AND cheese

Posted 12/2/2010 5:16pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.
We got our first snow fall of the season yesterday. It's snowing as I write, in fact.  The goats are buttoned up inside the barn, their fur puffed up to insulate them from the cold and straw bedding up to their ankles. The vets came out last week to ultrasound their bellies. We had 52 confirmed pregnancies and another 20 that were probably too early to tell.  March will be a very busy month, indeed.
December seems to be a month that we crave cheese. Maybe because eating cheese is so much more satisfying when eaten communally, and December is a month of sharing food.  It's also a month of sharing drink, and what better way to enjoy cheese than with hand-crafted beers. We have two beer and cheese events scheduled for this coming week: Our final farm dinner "A Winter Beer and Cheese Fete"  on Saturday, December 4th. You can see the menu and the beer pairings on our website: www.prairiefruits.com under "Dinners on the Farm." Then click on "Dinner Descriptions and Make Reservations" and then "Winter Beer and Cheese Fete" to see the menu. It is sold out.
The other event is a Beer and Cheese Tasting at Crane Alley in Urbana.  There are seats still available; see the details below:

Beer & Cheese Tasting

   Wednesday December 8th @7pm
 In the Crane Alley Mezzanine.
              We’ll be featuring the locally hand crafted
             cheese of Prairie Fruits Farm.  Paired along
      with the world renowned  brews of Merchant Du
            Vin. Such as: Rochefort, Westmalle, Orval,
          Samuel Smiths and Lindemans.
                Hosted by: Brian Van Zandbergen of
                Merchant du Vin and Leslie Cooperband
                 of Prairie Fruits Farm.
              Tickets are $20 per person and are
                   available at the bar or through your
                  server.  Space is limited.
For More Information or to Make Reservations:
Contact Aaron at (217) 384-7526
Crane Alley
115 West Main St # 1
Urbana, IL 61801-2722

We're still attending two farmers' markets this coming Saturday, December 4th: Urbana's Holiday Market inside Lincoln Square Village and Chicago's Green City Market. Both run from 8AM to 1PM.
We'll have an array of our cheeses, our farmstead honey and our organic-cotton Prairie Fruits Farm T-Shirts (large and X-large sizes only).  The shirts have a photo montage of some of our favorite goats on the back. It makes an excellent stocking stuffer for the goat or cheese lover in your family or circle of friends. We've reduced the price to $12 each. 
Cheese-wise, we'll be bringing the following:
Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
Angel Food
Little Bloom on the Prairie
Red Dawn (last of the season)
Krotovina (limited supply)
Moonglo (limited supply)

Happy Communal Cheese Eating and Fermented Beverage Drinking