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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).

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 and installed a pipeline milking parlor with a 14-doe stantion. We have also expanded our working acreage with an 8-acre pasture, a 5-acre hay field and a 2-acre restored prairie to the east of our original 7 acres.   All of these changes move us along the path to greater sustainability. 



Peach blossoms and raw milk cheeseApril 16th, 2015

Farm News It’s been two years since we’ve seen a peach blossom on the farm.  We’ve been inspecting the orchard this past week, hoping to see evidence of flower buds surviving

It huffed and it puffed AND Art comes to the farmApril 9th, 2015

 Farm News Violent spring storms raced across the state this week, dumping way too much water way too fast on our farm.  The lightning flashed so quickly, lighting up the sky like a giant

Spring fever, spring cleaning, spring birthing: IT'S SPRING!!April 3rd, 2015

Farm News Spring: the season evokes awakening, restlessness, a desire to clean.  This week, at long last, the warmer temperatures ushered in such feelings.  We quickened our pace to prune

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