Monday, March 21, 2011

Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery

Prairie Fruits Farm is a working dairy goat farm and orchard. They make hand-crafted artisan cheeses and grow certified organic tree fruits and berries (peaches, apples, pears, cherries, and berries of all types). From mid-March through the end of April (before the farmers’ markets start) they host Farm Open House Saturdays and Breakfasts. Jon and I went this past Saturday and we are hoping to make it back at least one more time.

When we first got there, the line for breakfast was a little long so we decided to go walk around and look at the goats first. The first barn housed all of the baby goats. They were so cute and fun to watch. 

(The sleepy group.)

(This little guy stood here the entire time we were in the barn. I think he was working on his spring break tan.)

The larger adult goats were in the next barn. They were much bigger than I was expecting. 

The larger barn was also home to some wandering hens which, as a kind gentlemen pointed out to me, were not in fact roosters as I was telling Sydney. Sorry, but to me, any chicken that stands on a fence post, crowing (male or female) will go down in my book as a rooster. It’s not my fault. I blame the children’s books that always show the roosters out struttin’ their stuff, yelling Cock-a-doodle-doo, while the hens stay in the hen-house guarding the eggs. Who knew hens could run around crowing too? Perhaps this was a modern, feminist, working hen.

But enough about hens and feminism…on to goat cheese and breakfast.

PFF had their cheeses for sale along with a few other local farms that were selling spring vegetables, herbs, and goat milk soap.
We got two types of cheese:
Fresh chevre (plain) – made fresh each week, this cheese is creamy, fluffy, deliciousness. Great to spread on crackers or an egg sandwich.
Huckleberry Blue- this is a raw goat milk blue cheese made last December. They describe it as a “wonderful slightly pungent blue”. LOL! Not my style, but my dad an Jon seemed to enjoy it.

Our breakfast was so good! Jon got the bagel sandwich. It was a free- range fried egg sandwich on home-made bagel with fresh chevre, bacon, and jalapeño jelly. The best part was the jalapeño jelly and fresh chevre…YUM! Next time I’ll have to ask if they sell the jalapeño jelly, then we could make these sandwiches at home!

I got  the fresh baked Blueberry scone. Simple, but so, so good! Sweet and tart, firm on the outside, soft and warm on the inside. Fabulous!

I was really surprised by how busy the farm was. Am I the only one that did not know this place existed until now? Apparently, this little gem has been in operation since 2005. It makes me wonder how many other places like this are right here under my nose waiting to be discovered. It’s a personal goal of mine to start taking advantage of more of the great things this area has to offer. To re-discover my town and the surrounding areas. What are your favorite local spots? Let me know, I’d love to get more ideas!

1 comment:

  1. Those goats are so cute! Great photos!

    I am starving looking at your breakfast. Bagels w/egg cheese and bacon are my FAVORITE. I might just have to get one tomorrow morning :)


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