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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."  

A time to give thanks deliberately, holiday markets and more!November 20th, 2014

Farm News It’s easy this time of year to fix my mind toward next season.  I’m already thinking about January slumbers and March kids. I’m thinking about all the repairs that

Holiday Open House Details and Time to Place Orders for Holiday FoodsNovember 17th, 2014

Although it feels like February outside, Our Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Sale will be held this WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH FROM 4-6 PM.  We have a great selection of cheeses, a limited supply of gela

The shock of the white stuff and More Holiday Market NewsNovember 13th, 2014

Farm News Shock and awe of a frozen nature descended from the frigid skies today: snow!  Having lived here almost 12 years, I have never seen snow fall so early in November.  It wasn&rsquo

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