Boone County Farm Stroll - U of I Extension

Boone County Farm Stroll

Satisfy your local food cravings and curiosities... enjoy a self-guided tour of 14 diversified family farms producing food, fiber, and fun!

Farm tours, demonstrations, and local food sampling will be available. More information is available on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/boonecofarmstroll

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Participating Farms include:

ALPACA PINES
21756 Beaverton Road, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Alpaca Pines is home to 19 alpacas (17 suri and 2 huacaya). We use their wool for fiber that becomes yarn, bags, gloves, hats, socks, cat toys, dryer balls, and finger puppets. Stop by with the kids to color animal pictures, or make a bird nesting ball out of genuine alpaca fiber for a small fee. We also have dairy cows and calves!

ANDERSON ORGANICS
5404 Paulson Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011

Anderson Organics is a family vegetable farm providing northern Illinois with fresh, high-quality, organically-grown produce. All of our produce is grown chemical-free and sold through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription. We use as many heirloom seeds as possible, and are in the process of undergoing USDA Organic certification.

ANGELIC ORGANICS LEARNING CENTER
1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, IL 61011

Come visit Angelic Organics and meet our pasture-raised milk goats and Scottish Highland cattle, tour the beautiful organic vegetable fields, marvel at our whole tree, strawbale, and timber frame facilities, and learn about our educational programs and community supported agriculture (CSA). We are open from 2-5pm during the Farm Stroll. Stop in for a tour!

AVES DAIRY, PRAIRIE PURE CHEESE
1105 Pearl Street Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008

The Aves Farm is a 100 year old dairy farm with 90 head of Holstein cattle. The milk is made into Prairie Pure Cheese by Master Cheesemakers at small plants in southern Wisconsin. We sell Butterkase, Cheddar, Swiss, Feta, and Blue cheeses. You can get our cheeses at area farmers markets, retailers, restaurants, and online.

BEAVER CREEK GARDENS
20506 Beaverton Rd, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Beaver Creek Gardens produces healthy, locally grown food for local consumption on 5 acres we have farmed organically for 16+ years. We harvest our own seeds, grow our own inputs, and do everything possible to cycle what Mother Nature gives us. We sell fruit, vegetables, eggs, and cut flowers through a CSA subscription program.

FRIENDLY FRANSEEN ACRES
2799 Hwy 76, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Friendly Franseen Acres is a third-generation dairy farm that switched from cows to goats back in 1997. We milk about 100 goats and use their antibiotic-free, hormone-free milk to make goat's milk soaps and lotions containing only natural ingredients. Our milk is also sold commercially to make goat cheese.

ILLINOIS WOOL & FIBER MILL
10828 Caledonia Road, Belvidere, IL 61008

The Illinois Wool and Fiber Mill began with two ewes purchased as a 4-H project. As the flock grew, so did our desire to utilize all the wool we were collecting. Today, we can skirt, wash, card into rovings or batts, pin-draft, spin, dye, and blend fibers to our customers' specifications. See the results in our Complete Sheep Shoppe!

MCEACHRAN HOMESTEAD WINERY
1917 Wyman School Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011

McEachran Homestead is the only winery in Boone County, offering cold-climate grape and seasonal fruit wines made on-site. Learn how viticulture and production aspects influence the flavor of our different wine varieties. Gain insight into the pruning, tending, and nurturing of the vineyards and surrounding gardens.

NATURE'S BEST TREES (AND BEES!)
13001 Illinois 76, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Nature's Best Trees (and Bees!) is a small family Christmas tree farm where we have been selling fresh-cut Christmas trees for 20+ years. We are also home to dozens of productive beehives and a honey barn where we produce Tolerance Honey, a proprietary combination of 100% raw honey containing spring, summer and fall pollens.

THE PUMPKIN PATCH
3178 IL Route 173, Caledonia, IL 61011

Pumpkin Patch has been growing pumpkins for over thirty years in the scenic town of Caledonia, IL. We are open for business during the Farm Stroll with attractions including wagon rides, a petting zoo, a playground, and a corn maze! Cafe grill, and bakery items available at the Great Harvest Barn, along with gifts and Halloween costume accessories. Admission Fee: $3 per person; 2 and under - FREE; 65 and over - Free

R FAMILY FARM
6501 N Boone School, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

R Family Farm provides our customers with tasty, nutritious, locally-grown meat raised on pasture. We are currently raising Berkshire pigs, Broad Breasted White turkeys, Cornish Cross broilers, goslings, Dorset sheep, and a variety of laying hens for eggs, as well as feed grains and hay using all antique machinery.

SUSIE'S GARDEN PATCH
10258 US Highway 20, Garden Prairie, IL 61038

Susie's Garden Patch is the only U-pick fruit and vegetable farm in Boone County, family owned and operated since 1985. We grow lots of luscious fruits and vegetables, manage pests using Integrated Pest Management, pick at the peak of ripeness, and encourage our customers to ask questions and meet our families.

TROGG'S HOLLOW
11577 Poplar Grove Road, Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Trogg's Hollow is a family farm doing chemical-free, bio-intensive, urban-style farming. We produce a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, including unique varieties you won't see at the grocery store. We sell primarily through our subscription-based CSA program, but also at local farmers markets, restaurants, and breweries.

WILLOW GLEN ALPACA FARM
21000 Leroy Center Rd, Capron, IL 61012

We built Willow Glen Farm after years of dreaming. We have both suri and huacaya alpacas, which produce different types of fiber, and, while similar to wool, it is warmer and hypoallergenic. We sell alpaca products, as well as genetics, and provide boarding services.

For more information, please call Andy Larson at 815-732-2191 or Judy Hodge at 815-544-3710

 

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Date and Time

October 5, 2014

Location

Boone County Extension
205 Cadillac Court, Suite 3
Belvidere, IL 61008

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