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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."  

What does it mean to be an incubator farmer?August 28th, 2014

 Farm News We’re throwing a party for our “incubator farmer,” Shea Belahi, tonight to help her raise money to attend the Slow Food Terra Madre in Turin, Italy this fall. 

Two weeks left for Summer Farm Open House: Better Come out NOW before it's over!August 26th, 2014

Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27th, we’ll be open from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  We have two weeks (including this week) remaining for our summer open house.  If you haven’t been out yet

Bounty in the field means production in the kitchenAugust 21st, 2014

Farm News We’ve hit the infamous summer wall of produce coming out of our little vegetable garden this week. Flats of tomatoes, totes of potatoes, mounds of beans and baskets of basil—the

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