Our local goat cheese masters Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery has two award-winning cheeses. Announced last Friday night, the Good Food Foundation hosted the 2021 Good Food Awards which judges more than 2,000 entries of food. This national competition celebrates the best of the artisan food community celebrating those who use ingredients and practices that embrace sustainability and fair practices. Champaign's own Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery had two of the 17 winning cheeses.
What cheeses won awards? Fleur de la Prairie and Pelota Roja. The Fleur de la Prairie is a bloomy rind cheese adorned with dried herbs and edible flowers from PFF's herb garden, and the Pelota Roja is a raw-milk semi-hard cheese with a guajillo chile-olive oil rub on the rind created in collaboration with Chef Rick Bayless.
Photo from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery's Facebook page.
Wednesday, January 27th, co-owner and co-founder Leslie Cooperband will be featured on the WGN TV Midday News at 12:45 CST; if you want to watch it live, you can here.
There is a limited availability if you want to try these award-winning cheeses. You can order a Good Food Award Winners Combo ($20) which includes both the Fleur de la Prairie and Pelota Roja at the PFF online shop. You can pick up at the farm on Saturdays between 1 and 4 p.m. or pay to have it shipped.
Top image from Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery's Facebook page.