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Posted 9/8/2015 11:43am by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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September is in full swing, and many folks are back to work and school, but farmers' market season is VERY much alive. We will be at The Land Connection's Downtown Champaign Farmers' Market this afternoon (4-7 PM), so come visit us.  We'll have cheese: 
  • Fresh Chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper AND heirloom-dried tomato
  • Feta marinated in olive oil with fresh herbs
  • Black goat and Angel Food
  • Moonglo and Huckleberry Blue

We have LOTS of pints of gelato including: vanilla, chocolate, gianduja (choc-hazelnut), salted caramel swirl and green tea

We will probably be bringing some organic apples too.  

Cheese to Wine Tasting Trail tickets are still available.  Spend a fun-filled Sunday afternoon this Sunday, September 13th in East-Central IL.  Details and ticket purchase HERE.

Tickets to our famed "100 Yard Dinner" are now available.  We thought it was sold out, but it's NOT.  This is the farm dinner not to be missed--98% of all the food served come from within 100 yards of the dinner table.  Click here to make reservations. 


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Posted 9/3/2015 10:12pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

Now that our intern has gone back to school, I’ve been doing the lion’s share of the feeding chores around the farm.  Morning and evening, there are so many hungry mouths to feed and water; from retired does to kids to breeding bucks. Let’s not forget the poultry; guineas and the laying hens.  Each group has its own dynamic and idiosyncrasies, and I find myself honing in on a particular order in which I complete each task for each group.  With all critter groups, it starts with the grain.  There must be something fundamentally appealing about eating grain because the lust spans the farm animal kingdom from bird to ruminant. 

bucks with heads in grain

All goats, young to old, clamor and croon at the sound of the lid being lifted from the grain bin.  While they’re fighting over the last morsels of grain, I clean out the goat hay feeders and toss in new flakes of alfalfa hay.  Goats are obsessive food sorters (dispelling the myth that goats will eat anything), often leaving grass and alfalfa stems behind after plucking the tender leaves.  The waste hay goes to the compost pile.  While they’re eating their grain and hay, I watch to make sure everyone is eating with gusto and all behinds are clean; the first sign of a sick goat is no interest in food. Then, there’s assessing the bedding situation; if it’s wet and odiferous, I sprinkle barn lime and re-bed with fresh straw or chopped corn cobs.  Lastly, I dump out their water, scrub the algae from the bottom of the stock tank and refill with fresh, clean water. 

chickens and waterer

I admit that I spend more time fussing over the goats than the poultry.  By the time I get to let the hens out of the chicken coop in the morning, they’ve congregated at the screen door, squawking impatiently for me to open the door and set them free to roam their weed jungle for the day.  I check for eggs missed the night before, refill their grain feeder, fluff up the bedding in their nest boxes and clean out their waterer.  Chickens lack concern for hygiene, and invariably, I’m dumping out straw-laden soiled water at each feeding.  I’ve become accustomed to this routine. 

As I walk from one feeding venue to the next, I look for the cues of seasons changing, of small signs that nature’s harbored by our farm.  I marvel at the number of spiders that have spun dense webs between every single fruit tree in the orchard, the flocks of multi-species black birds that have begun congregating on electrical wires (in anticipation of migrating) and the abundance of monarch butterflies alighting on orchard clover.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “chore.”  We often refer to this routine as “doing chores.”  The word “chore” evokes drudgery, slogging through the daily grind, performing an act that must be done, but it’s not pleasant.  Even the phonetics of the word sound pained.  I confess that I like doing chores for the most part (sometimes I would rather sleep in); perhaps we should come up with a name that reflects the comfort and satisfaction of repetition, of sameness. 

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Farmers’ Market News

We have a long holiday weekend before us, and we’ll be attending both Urbana’s Market at the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market with a great assortment of cheeses, crackers and gelato.  It will be hot, perfect for an end-of-summer picnic or barbeque. You need cheese?

We’ve got:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper AND YES, Heirloom-dried tomato (it won’t last forever, so stock up now)
  • Feta in olive oil—we’ve dressed up our feta in beautiful glass jars filled with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO—I love this) and fresh herbs from our herb garden—this feta is PERFECT for adorning grilled vegetables
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie-very very limited quantities of our goat milk camembert. If you want some, you better get to the market early
  • Angel Food-our little crottin-style cheese. It’s great served with local honey or tart jam; a nice little bite to offer your guests while they wait for the main course
  • Black Goat—ash-ripened little rounds with a yeasty rind; slice a wedge and place it on a wedge of fresh heirloom tomato. You won’t regret it.
  • Moonglo—our raw milk tomme made with spring milk is tasting mighty delicious right now—if you want to be decadent, try melting it on a burger.
  • Huckleberry Blue—our raw milk blue, reminiscent of a goat gorgonzola—crumble it on a salad, put it on a pizza or, yes, top your burger with it too.

Cool off with Gelato? Of course(* are flavors going to Green City Market and Urbana):

  • Green Tea
  • Vanilla
  • HoneyThyme*
  • Gianduja (chocolate-hazelnut)
  • Chocolate
  • Salted Caramel*
  • Plum-Peach Sorbetto*

Green City Market goers will also get single servings of:

  • Glazed carrot
  • Plum-Peach Sorbetto
  • Peaches & Cream

Come get your shopping out of the way early on Saturday. Beat the heat and stock your frig with some great local foods of summer.

Farm Happenings

Don’t forget to sign up for the “Crop Cycle” next Saturday, the 12th of September and our “Forkin the Road Tasting Trail on Sunday, September 13th.  It should be an action-packed weekend showcasing the great local farms in our neck of the woods (prairie, really). 

We’re gearing up for apple picking season on the farm.  Dani and Erica (the tenders of the orchard this year), have been busy cleaning up fallen fruit and turning “ugly” organic fruits (pears and apples) into fresh cider.  We will start U-pick apples on Saturday, September 19th.  We’ll also be selling cider and probably baked goods made with our fruits.  Stay tuned for details about fall U-Pick on our website and Facebook pages.  

dani making cider


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Posted 8/27/2015 10:02pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

The guinea hens are growing quickly. This year, we decided to set up their moveable pen in the shade outside the front of our house.  They have a carpet of weeds to dine on, along with a nice mixture of non-GMO grains.  Their appetite is voracious, and I’m impressed with the lightning speed at which they lay bare the soil beneath the greenery. Each day, Wes moves their pen to a clean spot. This ordeal involves inserting a hand cart underneath one side of the pen and tugging it along, guineas inside.  It helps to have someone inside the pen to make sure they don’t get underneath the back side and escape. 

Blue, our dog, has taken a fancy to the guineas, and for some strange reason, his herding instincts seem to snap into place when it’s pen moving time. He circles the pen as Wes pulls it forward, ensuring that no guineas make a play for freedom. 

Blue took a shining to these birds on the day I brought them home from Rural King.  When the fluffy keats (guinea chicks) were first moved outside, I noticed them escaping from the pen, only to discover they could slide their tiny bodies underneath the spaces between the pen frame and the uneven ground.  Blue went right to work, rounding them up, even gently placing one or two escapees in his mouth (well, maybe he wanted to bite down, but he could tell from my look that these creatures were forbidden food). 

Like all poultry on a farm, guineas are highly desired by predators of all stripes.  Protecting them from ground-dwelling predators such as weasel and raccoons, involves securing wooden boards along the base of the pen, with nails exposed to impale anyone attempting to enter the pen.  I had heard other farmers complain about air-borne predators, but when we saw a red-tailed hawk alight on the top of their pen one morning, I was a taken aback. The guineas expressed their terror with complete silence and immobility.  The hawk seemed a bit brazen; he reluctantly retreated to a branch above the pen when we opened the front door to snap a photo.  The hawk insisted on early morning visits to torment the fowl for nearly a week. Then one day, perhaps resigned to being thwarted by our well-constructed pen, he disappeared.  The guineas have put on their adult plumage and are beginning to make their adult guinea calls at dusk.  They’re predator free for the time being. 

hawk on guinea pen

 

Farmers’ Markets

We’re attending both Urbana’s Market at the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market.  In addition to our cheese regulars, we have a couple of new items for you. The Juliet tomatoes have been dripping off their vines, and I have been busy drying them. SO, TOMATO CHEVRE IS BACK!!  We also have some lovely jars of feta cubes marinated in extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs from our garden.  The feta is velvety and delicious. 

feta in olive oil

In addition, we have:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Angel Food-limited quantities, so come early if you want some
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie-very limited quantities this week
  • Black Goat
  • Moonglo
  • Huckleberry Blue

Looking for gelato? We have some GREAT new flavors as well as some of our regular favorites.

gelato flavors

 

Don’t forget to check to sign up for our upcoming Tasting Trail with Sleepy Creek Vineyard and KD Ranch. Tickets are going fast.  Also, we have a few seats left for our Cucurbit Dinner at the end of September. The menu is now posted on our website.  Although our Summer Open House is done for the season, stay tuned for details about fall hours for apple picking too.   


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Posted 8/24/2015 9:18pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Summer really is drawing to an end, but it's not too late to come out and visit the farm or see us at The Land Connection's Downtown Champaign Farmers' Market.

Tuesday, August 25th, 4-7 PM.  TLC's Farmers' Market. We'll be there with cheese, gelato and hand-made crackers.  The weather should be GORGEOUS so come out and shop.

Wednesday, August 26th: 4-6 PM: LAST Summer Open House of the Season--come visit the farm and see the goats.  Take a selfie with the little white Nigerian Dwarf doeling "Zaya baby" and enter our Facebook contest to win farm goodies.  

Grab a scoop of gelato and walk around the farm.  We won't have U-Pick Peaches (they're pretty much done for the season), but we are gearing up for apple picking in September and maybe even October.  

Buy some cheese: we'll have fresh chevre, bloomies, Moonglo and Huckleberry Blue. 

Get some great summer produce from Tomahnous Farm and Heirloominous Farm.

Pick up some breads or bagels or granola from Stewart's Artisan Breads.

Ask us about pastured eggs and whole chickens from Seven Sisters Farm.

Check out our freezer full of artisan sausages (pork, chicken and yes, goat) by Piedmonte Sausage Co.

Let Laurence the Knife Dude sharpen your knives while you shop and visit the farm.

Don't forget to sign up for our September Tasting Trail on September 13th.


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Posted 8/20/2015 10:28pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

As much as last week’s sweltering temperatures and violent thunderstorms had me convinced that summer would linger, today’s unmistakable crispness foreshadows a change of the seasons.  The signs are here:  the clarity of light in the afternoon, the bounty of red tomatoes dropping off their vines, the wafting of buck odors from the north pasture, the intense glow from the waxing moon and evening stars.  

You could argue that this is the best time of year. The earth is rich with the fruits of spring plantings, the peaches are still ripening and sweet, the does’ milk is starting its gradual increase in solids so perfect for cheese making.  That sense of urgency that pervades farm life for most of spring and summer becomes slightly muted as fall approaches. Yet, you know that what follows the serenity of autumn is the frigidity and barrenness of winter.  It takes discipline to just be present in these glorious days of late august.

Farmers’ Markets

We’re back to two farmers’ markets this Saturday, August 22nd: Urbana’s Market at the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market.  Here’s the cheese line up:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper (heirloom tomato will be appearing very soon)
  • Angel Food
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Black Goat
  • Moonglo
  • Huckleberry Blue

It’s still perfect weather for gelato:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Sweet Corn
  • Salted Caramel
  • Peaches & Cream
  • Nectarine Sorbetto

Are some of the flavors we’ll be offering both in pints and single servings

Farm Happenings

School may be starting, but we have lots going on at the farm over the next several weeks:

Third Friday Pop-Up—That’s TOMORROW, FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST 5:30-7:30—Can you say “Porchetta?”

Last Summer Open House of the Season: Wednesday, August 25th: 4-6 PM (maybe still have U-Pick Peaches too)

Fork in the Road Tasting Trail: September 13th 1:30-5:30 PM

"For the Love of Cucurbits" Farm Dinner: Saturday, September 26th (Tickets are still available)

Stay tuned for details about fall apple picking, classes, tastings and workshops at the farm. 


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Posted 8/18/2015 8:40pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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The carefree days of summer are slowly winding down, but there's still time to visit the farm.  We have one more Wednesday Open House in August next week, BUT NO Open House on Wednesday, September 2nd (we have a private event scheduled for that evening). Depending on interest, we might have a final Open House on Wednesday Sept. 9th, so stay tuned.

This Wednesday's Farm Open House is loaded with seasonal foods that scream "SUMMER."

Plenty of cheese:

chevre, bloomies, Moonglo and Huckleberry Blue

Refreshing gelato and sorbetto by the scoop:

  • Local strawberry
  • Green tea
  • Chocolate
  • Stout Turtle
  • Nectarine Sorbetto

Lots and lots of summer veggies from Tomahnous Farm and Heirloominous Farm.

Breads, bagels, cookies and granola by Stewart's Artisan Breads

Pastured eggs and whole chickens by Seven Sister's Farm

Artisan sausages including our very own goat merguez (North African spiced) sausage by Piemonte Sausage Co.

Knife Sharpening by Laurence the Knife Dude

Come meet the newest arrivals to the farm--Nigerian dwarf twins born last Thursday!

Come out to pick some delicious white peaches (Belle of Georgia variety) too--U-Pick runs from 2-6 PM.  Regular Open House runs from 4-6 PM. 


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Posted 8/13/2015 10:45pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

Chino, the orange cat, walked out of a corn field and into our lives 12 years ago.  He appeared on our doorstep not too long after we moved into our house, about a week after I brought home two barn kittens from Wisconsin, Marie and Louie.  Unlike most stray cats I’ve wooed over the years, Chino (his name comes from the masculine version of Puerto Rican speak for “orange” or “china”), took very little coaxing to win him over.  Somehow he sensed he belonged here on this farm, with us. Before long, he was on the couch, in my lap and working his way into my heart. 

He was a great hunter, helping us fight the voles who insisted on eating the roots of our fruit trees.  After a while we noticed that his pupils were always dilated.  I didn’t think much of his lemur-like stare until we started to notice him bumping into things.  This seemed odd for a cat; feline hunters are supposed to have laser sharp vision.  So, I took him to the vet who diagnosed his condition as a congenital degenerative eye disease. Chino was slowly going blind.  Because his loss of sight was gradual, he had time to compensate and build his other senses of touch, hearing and smell.  Even as his condition worsened, he remained a superior hunter to his “partner” in crime with perfect cat vision, Marie.

chino stalking paulie

I like to think that Chino’s dilated pupils were a metaphor for our adventures in farming; eyes wide open to let in all the light, but sometimes unable to focus on the finer details.   At each turn that moved our farm in directions we had never anticipated, the eyes wide open propelled us forward.  Chino was with us for all the twists and turns, frequenting the goat barns to sit atop the hay or catch a mouse, climbing on our backs as we sowed our garden each spring or, more frequently later in life, dozing on the porch on a bale of straw.

chino lounging on straw

He took ill a little less than two weeks ago and died peacefully in my arms early yesterday morning. While we never knew his age exactly, he lived a pretty good long life with us on our farm. We laid him to rest in the shade of the porch corner where he loved to perch and lounge.    True to the cycle of death and life on the farm, Polly (one of our Nigerian Dwarf does who got rebred about 2 months after she kidded in late February—Oops!), kidded with twins early this morning: a dainty little doe less than three pounds and a stocky little buck with a very large head.  I’d like to believe in reincarnation. I’d like to believe that my beloved Chino has come back to us as a sweet little goat. 

Farmers’ Market News and Upcoming Farm Events

We will be attending only ONE farmers’ market this Saturday, August 15th: Urbana’s Market at the Square.  We WON’T be attending Chicago’s Green City Market because of the Chicago Air Show.  We will return to Green City Market on Saturday, August 22nd.  We have some beautiful cheeses for you this week:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs de Provence, cracked pepper
  • Angel Food (limited quantities)
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Black Goat
  • Moonglo
  • Huckleberry Blue—yes it’s back and it’s creamy and nutty and delicious

You say you want something sweet to cool you down? How about gelato:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Cajeta (goat milk caramel sauce) swirl
  • Lemon Balm
  • Fresh Mint
  • Sweet Corn
  • Lavender
  • Peach sorbetto

We'll have a few bags of our goat milk caramels as well as our additive farmhouse crackers too. We’ll also be bringing some delectable baked goods made with our peaches and black berries (gallettes, pies, cookies). 

There are a number of events coming up at the farm in the next few weeks:

Wednesday Farm Open House: we should have U-pick peaches for our white peach variety, Belle of Georgia, but we’ll let you know for sure early next week.

Weed Dating at Heirloominous Farm on August 20th (for more info, visit The Land Connection’s website)

Third Friday Pop-Up on August 21st, featuring heritage pork “porquetta” sandwiches and a whole bunch of summer sides. The menu should be posted to our website some time this week.

Dinners on the Farm—there are still tickets available to several of the fall dinner dates. Check 'em out!

Fork in the Road Tasting Trail—September 13th with KD Wild Game Ranch and Sleepy Creek Vineyard and Winery.  It's a great way to taste your way across central IL on a Sunday afternoon.


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Posted 8/10/2015 9:01pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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We know many of our patrons can't make it to the Saturday farmers' markets, so this week, we have two mid-week opportunities to get your fix of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery products.  

Tuesday August 11th: 4-7 PM: The Land Connection's Downtown Champaign Farmers' Market
We'll have cheese (plenty of fresh chevre, feta, bloomies and raw milk beauties), gelato (pints of vanilla, chocolate, mint, lavender, peaches & cream and peach-raspberry sorbetto for sure) and farmstead crackers. We might even bring some peaches to sell.

Wednesday, August 12th Open House: 4-6 PM (with U-Pick Peaches from 2-6 PM)

Same great cheeses, special gelato flavors by the scoop (check out our Facebook page on Wednesday for the flavors of the week) AND:

Stewart's Artisan Breads: rustic breads, bagels, cookies and granola

Tomahnous Farm: organic veggies, fruits and beautiful flower bouquets

Heirloominous Farm: organic veggies (you can venture out to her plot to see her laying hens and pastured hogs too)

Pastured farm-fresh eggs and frozen whole chickens by Seven Sisters Farm

Sausages (pork, chicken and merguez made with our pasture-raised goat) by Piemonte Sausage.  

Come visit the farm, commune with the goats and meander through the orchard. Summer only lasts so long. 

 


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Posted 8/6/2015 10:48am by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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Farm News

As farmers, we become used to extremes: birth and death, sickness and health, hot and cold, lush and barren, wet and dry. The farm’s pendulum swings brusquely from one extreme to the other.  We become conditioned to working at the edge; the emotional roller coaster that ensues becomes the “normal” mode of operation. When conditions hover in the middle, we’re often at a loss as to how to react. 

This week, the farm continued to dry out, and notes of mellowness pervaded.  Peach harvest season is in full swing; tomatoes are starting to ripen. We’re at that point in the season where going grocery shopping is only for toilet paper and laundry soap. We’re now at a point of wishing for some rain. 

The good side of dry is our ability to clean out barns and stalls laden with manure and bedding.  We did a lot of clean out this week. We even removed the compost mountain behind the doe barn that the goat girls had become so fond of. After milking, they would fight to climb to the top of the pile and bask in being elevated above their peers.  I know how much the goat kids love to climb; this need is really a core essence of being a goat, and it carries through to adulthood and even old age.  The other great thing about no rain is getting the girls back out to pasture on a daily basis. They won’t go outside when just a few raindrops hit their backs.  Once standing waters receded, we had mowed the pasture to renew its growth. It warms to see them wading out into the sea of green once again. 

 goats on compost pile

The bucks are starting to notice their female friends a little too intensely, so it is time to move them down to the north pasture until breeding season begins in October; don’t want any more fence busting and “unplanned” pregnancies.

Farmers’ Market News

We’ll be attending both Urbana’s Market at the Square and Chicago’s Green City Market.  It is National Farmers’ Market week, so come out and support your farmers. We’re even running a little “campaign” on Facebook and Twitter-so check it out.

NOTE TO GREEN CITY MARKET GOERS: WE WON’T BE ATTENDING THE MARKET ON AUGUST 15TH BECAUSE OF THE AIR SHOW. YOU MIGHT WANT TO STOCK UP ON CHEESE AND GELATO THIS WEEK. WE RETURN ON AUGUST 22ND.

This week we have:

  • Fresh chevre: plain, herbs, cracked pepper
  • Feta: whey-brine aged; tangy and crumbly
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie (young but yummy)
  • Black Goat
  • Angel Food (limited quantities)
  • Moonglo

For gelato, we have:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Espresso
  • Caramel Machiatto
  • (only in singles)
  • Peaches & Cream
  • Salted Caramel Swirl
  • Fresh Mint
  • Thai Basil
  • Lavender
  • Peach-Raspberry Sorbetto

Don’t forget to pick up some our irresistible crackers and salted goat-milk caramels (Urbana only for the caramels). Don’t forget to check out the latest happenings at the farm through our website and our Facebook page. 


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Posted 8/4/2015 10:09pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

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We will be open for U-Pick peaches tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon from 2-6PM. This will be the only day this week for U-Pick as the peaches aren't ripening as fast as they were earlier. We have all the tools you need for picking.  We will also be selling firsts and seconds for those who don't want to pick during our Wednesday Farm Open House. 

Our Open House runs from 4-6 PM. We've got cheese:

  • Fresh chevre
  • Feta
  • Black Goat 
  • Angel Food
  • Little Bloom on the Prairie
  • Moonglo 
  • Huckleberry Blue

We even have a few bags of crackers to go with the cheese. 

We've got gelato by the scoop and pints too-check out our Facebook page tomorrow for the special flavors this week.  You can also see our special campaign in celebration of National Farmers' Market Month.  

We'll also be selling pastured eggs and chicken from Seven Sisters Garden and sausages from Piemonte Sausage.  We have the first batches of Merguez goat sausage (that's a north african spice blend) made with our very own goat meat. 

The usual "suspects" will be here too:

Tomahnous Farm with summer veggies and gorgeous summer flower bouquets

Heirloominous Farm will have summer veggies too.

Stewart's Artisan Breads will have rustic breads, bagels, cookies and granola.

Laurence. the Knife Dude. will be available to sharpen your knives while you shop and visit the farm.  


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