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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."  

If winter's grey has you pinning for spring cheese, BECOME A MEMBER OF OUR CHEESE, BREAD AND GELATO CSAJanuary 29th, 2015

I have no legitimate cause to complain about winter this year (so far, anyway).  Compared with the arctic blasts we experienced last year, the goats and I are feeling pretty good about the weath

It's winter . How about a food photography class at the farm?January 14th, 2015

Happy 2015 friends and patrons. It's winter on the farm: quiet, snow-blanketed, goats snuggling next to their hay feeders to keep warm.  We're in our "down time" now; the time we get to sleep l

Two special offers with deadlines approachingDecember 28th, 2014

Greetings and Happy New Year (it's getting close):I'd like to remind folks that the deadline is approaching for two very special offers we have going on that connect you to the farm: Our elegant, slo

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