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The humble beginnings of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

 

wes milking

Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband are the proud owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, LLC. In 2003, we moved from an urban and academic life in Madison, Wisconsin to Champaign-Urbana Illinois. Through great friends and serendipity, we found our home and small farm just outside of town. That first year, we planted all of the land previously in cash grain (about 5 acres) with a lush cover crop of buckwheat to begin restoring our prairie soil. In 2004, we planted over 350 fruit trees and 600 berry plants AND purchased our first four Nubian goats (three does and one buck).

the beginning

In August of 2005, we received our licenses for our Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery.  Since then, we have expanded our herd to 70 milkers, put in a brand new milking parlor with a 14-doe stanchion and a pipeline that carries the milk directly from the udder to the refrigerated bulk tank.  Our good fortune has extended to renting an additional 15 acres adjacent to our seven-acre farm so that we could grow more pastures, plant a 2-acre prairie and produce some of our own hay.  All of these changes move us along the path to greater sustainability. 

Wes and Les

 Leslie & Wes dressed as "prairie pioneers" for a fall "dinner on the farm."  

slow fallSeptember 18th, 2014

Farm News The slow creep of fall is flowing over the farm.  It’s a subtle slow moving set of changes: slightly shorter days, slightly drier air, green vegetation slowing its growth, tree

Tropical rains give way to cold fall gustsSeptember 11th, 2014

Farm News Over two inches of rain fell on our prairie soils yesterday.  Most of it soaked right into those lush green pastures and our garden loaded down with ripening tomatoes.  The rain

When favorite goats dieSeptember 5th, 2014

Farm News We lost our first-born kid yesterday; our wether, Hershey.  Hershey was our “learning curve” kid.  He was born the Monday after Thanksgiving almost ten years ago. His

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