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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. 



Goats meet fruit and fruits are bearingMay 28th, 2015

Farm News Our bucklings have been enjoying the wide open spaces in the north pasture over the past several weeks. They had eaten down the tall grasses in pretty short order, and we had reverted to f

Wednesday Farm Open House: New gelato flavors, eggs, cheese AND moreMay 26th, 2015

Tomorrow's Open House (Wednesday, May 27th, 4:00-6:00 pm) will be full of new farm-fresh products as well as our regulars.   Our herb garden is starting to kick in full force, so we've made a co

Homage to a donkey and farmers' market newsMay 21st, 2015

Farm News Our donkey, Jemimah, came to us almost five years ago.  Her “job” as guardian had been cut short when her flock of sheep was sold.  Jemmy or “Rusty,” as o

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