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Posted 3/3/2012 5:35pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Well, the full season's description of dinners is now on our website under "dinners on the farm."

To make reservations for the first five dinners, go to "Make Reservations."

For general information about how our dinners work including what to expect, cancellation policy, etc. I encourage you to read the general description page

I had hoped to get this information on the website earlier today, but five goats kidded today starting at 6:30 in the morning (Gidget kicked off the day with quadruplets!!). We're now at 16 kids and counting. The day is not over yet!!

Posted 2/27/2012 12:03pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

It's hard to acknowledge that we're still in winter, but technically speaking, we are. Perhaps, we're in that transitional state of peri-winter, early spring-the time of weather's mixed emotions.  Blue Moon Farm has an abundance of greens growing in their un-heated greenhouses that will be for sale this coming Saturday, March 3rd from 9-11AM inside Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana. We will have our cheeses for sale as well--the last of our frozen chevre (it's really wonderfully creamy, believe me), our sweet and slightly pungent Huckleberry Blue and the ever tangy-nutty Moonglo.  As before, you'll need to pre-order through the Blue Moon Farm website. Here's a more detailed description of what Blue Moon has available and how to order. Also, please note that they are experiencing technical difficulties on with on line ordering system right now (Monday mid day), and expect to have it back on line no later than Tuesday morning (6AM). 

We hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful Sunday, crocuses and all. 

On Saturday, March 3rd, we'll be bringing: salad mix, spinach, kale, chard, parsley, cilantro, turnips and carrots

There will also be cheeses from Prairie Fruits. 

Again, the pickup will be from 9-11am in Lincoln Square Village. There will be a separate table of extras that were overharvested. At a little after 11am, all unsold produce will be up for grabs. 

Last time there were several issues/problems that we're going to try to solve for this pickup. Apologies to everyone who did not get the produce they ordered. We will try to solve that by bringing even more extra spinach, and harvesting a few more of the ordered items and keeping them separate from the extras table. We try to be vigilant about checking everyone's order to make sure they're not getting what they didn't order, but we will try harder. People may be confused about the difference between the extras table, and the pre-ordered tables. Some people ordered on the website who then didn't appear on our list. This is confusing and the solution we're going to try is to ask everyone print out an order confirmation if you can.  So far, no one who has a confirmation has not been on our list. We still don't know exactly what is going on there.

Again, thanks for bearing with us. 

Here's the order link:

www.bluemoonfarm.biz/products-page/

To all new customers, please read this info about the pickup process:

www.bluemoonfarm.biz/about/winter-market-how-it-works/

CSA News

A reminder to those of you who live in the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria regions that we are offering an exciting new concept for a CSA--Bread, Cheese and Gelato.  If you haven't seen the description on our website : www.prairiefruits.com (Click on the main heading "Interact"), check it out.

Website having "some work done"

I am in the process of giving our website a "face lift." Over the next few days, you'll see a new look, updated pages and great new photos. Please bear with me as I make these changes, as they will come in stages.

Farm Dinner Update: Lastly, for those of you who missed my message last week about the schedule for releasing the first set of farm dinner reservations, it will be posted on our website some time in the afternoon of Saturday, March 3rd. 

 


Posted 2/24/2012 12:04pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Greetings! Spring is almost here despite the snow flurries outside our window today.  We're gearing up for kidding season, which by the girth of the goat girls in the barn, is imminent.  This Saturday, February 25th, we'll be offering a limited but very delicious array of our cheeses at the Chicago Green City Market (inside the Notebart Nature Museum), from 8AM to 1PM. Remember, cheese plates are the perfect dish to snack on while you watch the Oscars on Sunday evening (or just enjoy them whenever you like).

We have:

  • Creamy chevre (plain, previously frozen, but with that wonderful late lactation milk)
  • Moonglo--our raw goat milk tomme: tangy and nutty, it's excellent on a slice of hearty bread with some jam
  • Huckleberry Blue-our raw goat milk blue---we tasted this yesterday, and it is wonderfully sweet and slightly piquant. Excellent for slicing, shaving or crumbling, think wilted local spinach salad with toasted pecans and blue cheese!!!

For those of you anxiously awaiting the release of our Dinners on the Farm reservation seats, we will be putting the first five dinner dates on the website next Saturday, March 3rd, probably sometime in early afternoon. Remember, we will post a full description of ALL the dinners so you can decide if you want to book now or wait until later in the season. This will be listed under the heading "2012 Dinner Season at Glance."


Posted 2/13/2012 4:08pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Happy February to everyone! I think spring is soon within our grasp.

A quick message to those of you within buying range of Champaign Urbana to sign up for Saturday, February 18th pickup. Also, for those of you in the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria regions, we want to alert you to our brand new Cheese, Bread and Gelato CSA.  Breads are made lovingly by Katic Breads, of course our cheeses and of course our goat milk gelato.  Runs from the end of May through Mid November. All the info is on our website: www.prairiefruits.com Under the general heading "Interact." Check it out-sign up is now in progress for th 2012 season.

Here's the message from Blue Moon Farm about veggies, cheese and how to place your order:

Greetings all!

Ordering is open, and will close on Tuesday at 10pm. We have more delicious green,orange, and white produce for you, along with cheeses from PFF. The pickup hours are 9-11 on Saturday, Feb.18. 

Thanks for the smooth pickup last week; it seems we're all learning what to do. 

A few reminders about the pickup process: Spinach and salad mix are in .5# increments. Turnips and carrots are in 1# increments. We will have a separate table for extra produce. At 11am all unsold produce will be up for general sale. It helps if those who have orders come before 10:59. 

As we move into March, we expect vigorous regrowth of all green leafies. However, we have to make it through February, where it's lean. Things might sell out faster than usual. 

To order, please go to www.bluemoonfarm.biz/products-page/

As usual, we welcome all feedback. Email us at bluemoonfarmurbana@gmail.com

 

Posted 2/13/2012 3:08pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Happy February to everyone! I think spring is soon within our grasp.

A quick message to those of you within buying range of Champaign Urbana to sign up for Saturday, February 18th pickup. Also, for those of you in the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria regions, we want to alert you to our brand new Cheese, Bread and Gelato CSA.  Breads are made lovingly by Katic Breads, of course our cheeses and of course our goat milk gelato.  Runs from the end of May through Mid November. All the info is on our website: www.prairiefruits.com Under the general heading "Interact." Check it out-sign up is now in progress for th 2012 season.

Here's the message from Blue Moon Farm about veggies, cheese and how to place your order:

Greetings all!

Ordering is open, and will close on Tuesday at 10pm. We have more delicious green,orange, and white produce for you, along with cheeses from PFF. The pickup hours are 9-11 on Saturday, Feb.18. 

Thanks for the smooth pickup last week; it seems we're all learning what to do. 

A few reminders about the pickup process: Spinach and salad mix are in .5# increments. Turnips and carrots are in 1# increments. We will have a separate table for extra produce. At 11am all unsold produce will be up for general sale. It helps if those who have orders come before 10:59. 

As we move into March, we expect vigorous regrowth of all green leafies. However, we have to make it through February, where it's lean. Things might sell out faster than usual. 

To order, please go to www.bluemoonfarm.biz/products-page/

As usual, we welcome all feedback. Email us at bluemoonfarmurbana@gmail.com

 

Posted 2/13/2012 2:10pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Happy February to everyone! I think spring is soon within our grasp.

A quick message to those of you within buying range of Champaign Urbana to sign up for Saturday, February 18th pickup. Also, for those of you in the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria regions, we want to alert you to our brand new Cheese, Bread and Gelato CSA.  Breads are made lovingly by Katic Breads, of course our cheeses and of course our goat milk gelato.  Runs from the end of May through Mid November. All the info is on our website: www.prairiefruits.com Under the general heading "Interact." Check it out-sign up is now in progress for th 2012 season.

Here's the message from Blue Moon Farm about veggies, cheese and how to place your order:

Greetings all!

Ordering is open, and will close on Tuesday at 10pm. We have more delicious green,orange, and white produce for you, along with cheeses from PFF. The pickup hours are 9-11 on Saturday, Feb.18. 

Thanks for the smooth pickup last week; it seems we're all learning what to do. 

A few reminders about the pickup process: Spinach and salad mix are in .5# increments. Turnips and carrots are in 1# increments. We will have a separate table for extra produce. At 11am all unsold produce will be up for general sale. It helps if those who have orders come before 10:59. 

As we move into March, we expect vigorous regrowth of all green leafies. However, we have to make it through February, where it's lean. Things might sell out faster than usual. 

To order, please go to www.bluemoonfarm.biz/products-page/

As usual, we welcome all feedback. Email us at bluemoonfarmurbana@gmail.com

 

Posted 2/13/2012 1:09pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Happy February to everyone! I think spring is soon within our grasp.

A quick message to those of you within buying range of Champaign Urbana to sign up for Saturday, February 18th pickup. Also, for those of you in the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria regions, we want to alert you to our brand new Cheese, Bread and Gelato CSA.  Breads are made lovingly by Katic Breads, of course our cheeses and of course our goat milk gelato.  Runs from the end of May through Mid November. All the info is on our website: www.prairiefruits.com Under the general heading "Interact." Check it out-sign up is now in progress for th 2012 season.

Here's the message from Blue Moon Farm about veggies, cheese and how to place your order:

Greetings all!

Ordering is open, and will close on Tuesday at 10pm. We have more delicious green,orange, and white produce for you, along with cheeses from PFF. The pickup hours are 9-11 on Saturday, Feb.18. 

Thanks for the smooth pickup last week; it seems we're all learning what to do. 

A few reminders about the pickup process: Spinach and salad mix are in .5# increments. Turnips and carrots are in 1# increments. We will have a separate table for extra produce. At 11am all unsold produce will be up for general sale. It helps if those who have orders come before 10:59. 

As we move into March, we expect vigorous regrowth of all green leafies. However, we have to make it through February, where it's lean. Things might sell out faster than usual. 

To order, please go to www.bluemoonfarm.biz/products-page/

As usual, we welcome all feedback. Email us at bluemoonfarmurbana@gmail.com

 

Posted 2/13/2012 12:05pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Happy February to everyone! I think spring is soon within our grasp.

A quick message to those of you within buying range of Champaign Urbana to sign up for Saturday, February 18th pickup. Also, for those of you in the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria regions, we want to alert you to our brand new Cheese, Bread and Gelato CSA.  Breads are made lovingly by Katic Breads, of course our cheeses and of course our goat milk gelato.  Runs from the end of May through Mid November. All the info is on our website: www.prairiefruits.com Under the general heading "Interact." Check it out-sign up is now in progress for th 2012 season.

Here's the message from Blue Moon Farm about veggies, cheese and how to place your order:

Greetings all!

Ordering is open, and will close on Tuesday at 10pm. We have more delicious green,orange, and white produce for you, along with cheeses from PFF. The pickup hours are 9-11 on Saturday, Feb.18. 

Thanks for the smooth pickup last week; it seems we're all learning what to do. 

A few reminders about the pickup process: Spinach and salad mix are in .5# increments. Turnips and carrots are in 1# increments. We will have a separate table for extra produce. At 11am all unsold produce will be up for general sale. It helps if those who have orders come before 10:59. 

As we move into March, we expect vigorous regrowth of all green leafies. However, we have to make it through February, where it's lean. Things might sell out faster than usual. 

To order, please go to www.bluemoonfarm.biz/products-page/

As usual, we welcome all feedback. Email us at bluemoonfarmurbana@gmail.com

 

Posted 2/2/2012 6:01pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.

Greetings from subtropical Champaign Illinois. I know that Puxatawny Phil, the PA groundhog, reportedly saw his shadow today (according to the weather forecast, it was a cloudy day in Puxatawny, so how he could see his shadow is a mystery to me), signaling six more weeks of winter.  If his version of winter is anything like what we have been experiencing here (sunny, temperatures in the '50's), then, I am just fine with his weather prognosis. The winter has been wonderful and eerie at the same time.  Our goats and Jemimah the donkey have been going out to the pasture regularly throughout the month of January.  We have been keeping the barn doors open at night because the temperatures have been so balmy. Yet, the high night temperatures have us worried that the fruit trees will break dormancy and start to bud out. This would be a disaster for our fruit crop. 

The spring like temperatures have made us antsy to sell cheese so, we've decided to attend the Green City Market this coming Saturday, February 4th at the Peggy Notebart Nature Museum (8AM to 1PM). Nat, one of our cheesemakers, will be there with little bells on selling some winter cheese gems. So, if you're a Chicago resident, Saturday is your lucky day. We will have some plain chevre on hand (previously frozen but this does not alter the flavor or texture of the cheese one bit), our raw milk tomme "Moonglo, " our grating style raw sheep milk cheese "Kaskaskia" and the debut of our late lactation raw milk "Huckleberry Blue."  All of these cheeses would be a great addition to any Super bowl soiree you might be planning, or just buy them and enjoy them in the privacy of your own kitchen. 

Champaign Urbana residents who pre-ordered their cheeses through Blue Moon Farm can pick up your orders on Saturday, February 4th from 9-11AM. 

NEW CSA FOR BLOOMINGTON NORMAL-PEORIA CUSTOMERS

On other fronts, while winter is supposed to be our "down time," we are very busy planning for the 2012 cheese making and farm dinner season.  For patrons in the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria regions, we will be offering a "Cheese and Bread CSA." The cheese comes from us, and the bread comes from Katic Breads, artisan breadmakers who have been selling their old world style breads at the Bloomington Farmers' Market last season.  We will send out another email in the next few days with the details of this CSA and how to sign up.

FARM DINNER SCHEDULE AND RESERVATION RELEASES

We have received MANY inquiries about the farm dinner dates for 2012, so I thought it timely to let you all know some of our plans. We will be offering 14 dinner dates starting in late May and running every two weeks through December 1st.  As in years past, we have our wonderful and talented farm chef, Alisa DeMarco, doing most of the dinners, in addition to several guest chefs. To ensure that all of our mailing list members receive ample notice about posting of the dates/reservations on the website, we will send out an email about one week prior to the release date. We are also going to stagger the release dates of the dinners in groups of about five dinners. So, the first release will occur in late February for the first five dinners of the season. The second release date will occur sometime in early June for the next four dinner dates, and the third release date will occur in early September for the final five dinner dates. This should ensure that more people have an opportunity to sign up for at least one dinner.  I hope this alleviates some of your concerns. Stay tuned in late February for more details. 

Posted 1/30/2012 1:01pm by Leslie Cooperband or Wes Jarrell.
For those of you within driving distance of Urbana Champaign, it's time again to pre-order vegetables from Blue Moon Farm and a selection of our cheeses for pickup on Saturday Febraury 3rd.  This week's cheese special is our raw goat milk blue "Huckleberry Blue."  It's nice and creamy, with a slight crumble--perfect for that spinach salad you plan to make with sweet as sugar Blue Moon Farm spinach.  Here are the ordering details from Blue Moon. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CUTOFF TIME FOR PLACING YOUR ORDER IS TOMORROW (TUESDAY, JANUARY 31ST AT 10PM).  Here are the details from Blue Moon (please read carefully):
Greetings!

We are looking forward to another stellar weather week and hoping for fast regrowth, as we cut everything pretty hard for the last pickup.

We'll be closing orders on Tuesday night at 10pm.  Our time and location remain the same: Lincoln Square Village from 9-11 behind the Common Ground Food Co-op

Some items may sell out more quickly this week, such as beets (goodbye until spring) and arugula. We have two new items this week: claytonia (please read the description in the order list) and Huckleberry Blue from Prairie Fruits Farm. Cilantro and braising mix are on break until regrowth occurs.

About the pickup process: it was smoother last week until 10:55 when the "feeding frenzy" began. I hope everyone who ordered produce got it. Next week we will not open up sales of non-extras until a little past 11, to avoid the panic. Sorry again to the folks who didn't get their eggs.  This week, I typed in the correct quantity.

To reiterate the unit quantities: spinach and salad mix are sold in units, or increments of .5#, or half pounds.Turnips, beets,and carrots are sold in units, or increments of 1#, or full pounds. If you order 2 units of salad mix, that is a pound of salad. If you order 2 units of beets, that is 2 pounds of beets.

To go straight to ordering, click on the link: www.bluemoonfarm.biz/products-page/

For first time users, go to our info section: www.bluemoonfarm.biz/about/winter-market-how-it-works/

We still welcome all feedback, please email us at bluemoonfarmurbana@gmail.com

Thanks and enjoy your week.