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The humble beginnings of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery


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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).

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."  

Like hot chickens seeking shade, come out to the farm today to cool offAugust 20th, 2014

We're finally getting some hot summer weather; just ask the chickens.  Cool off at the farm this afternoon (WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20TH) during our open house: 4:00 to 6:30 pm. We'll have cheese: che

More goat musings: reflections on udder conformation and udder healthAugust 14th, 2014

Farm News I’ve been obsessing about goat udders lately.  Given that the udder is the working end of a dairy goat, it’s a valid obsession.  Over the years of milking goats and tr

Is there something in those berries? U-pick and Farm Open House TomorrowAugust 12th, 2014

Despite the cool maritime weather we've been having lately, the blackberries are ripening, and we will have U-pick tomorrow during our weekly summer farm open house: 4:00 to 6:30 pm. Hershey, the wet

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