University of Illinois Extension Boone County announced a free, family-friendly event called the Boone County Farm Stroll, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.
This event is a self-guided tour of 11 diversified family farms including demonstrations and fresh local food sampling and sales.
While this is a free event, farms may charge activity fees. Participants are urged to bring cash to purchase food or other items at the farms.
Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for a farm visit; follow all the farmer’s instructions and be respectful of all the animals; wash hands regularly and wear shoe covers if instructed to; and to not bring their own family pets.
You can pick up, complete and turn in a Farm Stroll Passport at any of the farms for a chance to win prizes.
The farms participating in this year’s Farm Stroll are: Alpaca Pines, Angelic Organics Learning Center, Aves Dairy Prairie Pure Cheese, Beaver Creek Gardens, Illinois Wool & Fiber Mill, Kinnikinnick Farm, McEachran Homestead Winery, Susie’s Garden Patch, Trogg’s Hollow, Valley Orchard and Willow Glenn Alpaca Farm (More details below from U of I Extension).
Specific information about each farm and the times of tours and activities they will be holding can be found on the brochure and map located on the Boone County Extension website at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo.
Participants can also pick up the brochure at the Boone County Extension office located at 205 Cadillac Court, Suite 3 in Belvidere before the event or the day of. Visit facebook.com/boonecofarmstroll for up-to-the-minute information.
Location information from U of I Extension:
Alpaca Pines – Poplar Grove
Cute suri and huacaya alpacas that produce fiber for yarn, bags, gloves, hats, socks, and finger puppets! We also have dairy cows and calves.
Angelic Organics Learning Center – Caledonia
Pasture-raised milk goats, Scottish Highland cattle, organic vegetables, and buildings made with straw bales and whole trees. Learn about all the educational programs we offer!
Aves Dairy Pure Prairie Cheese – Belvidere
100-year-old family dairy farm with Holstein cows. Wisconsin Master Cheesemakers turn our milk into Prairie Pure Cheese. Milking begins at 4pm!
Beaver Creek Gardens – Poplar Grove
Small, organic CSA farm producing fruit, vegetables, eggs, and flowers for our local subscribers. We save seeds, grow our own fertility, and recycle everything Mother Nature gives us!
Illinois Wool & Fiber Mill – Belvidere
Learn how we take raw animal fiber and skirt, wash, card, pin-draft, spin, dye, blend, and spin to yarn! Check out the warm, comfortable products in our Complete Sheep Shoppe.
Kinnikinnick Farm – Caledonia
Certified organic farm specializing in heirloom vegetables and Italian varieties for chefs and farmers market customers. Plan an extended farm visit in our elegantly rustic Feather Down Farm tents.
McEachran Homestead Winery – Caledonia
Cold-climate grape and season fruit wines made on-site at Boone County’s only winery. Stop in for a tasting, and learn how we prune, tend, and nurture our vineyards.
Susie’s Garden Patch – Garden Prairie
Family owned and operated, we are the only U-pick fruit and vegetable farm in Boone County! Visit our farm stand, and learn about integrated pest management, as well as growing in high tunnels.
Trogg’s Hollow – Poplar Grove
Chemical-free, bio-intensive, urban-style farm producing unique vegetables and herbs for CSA subscribers. Stop by for a wagon ride and meet the birds and goats!
Valley Orchard – Cherry Valley
Family-owned orchard with 5,000 apple trees! We make 100% pure cider, cider donuts, pies, and other goodies. We also grow strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and currants.
Willow Glen Alpaca Farm – Capron
Lots of alpacas! We sell alpacas and alpaca products, as well as providing both breeding and boarding services. Spinning demos and alpaca fiber activities for the kids!