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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).

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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. 

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 Leslie & Wes dressed as "prairie pioneers" for a fall "dinner on the farm."  

The arrival of more "little people" on the farm AND Holiday Market Blow OutDecember 18th, 2014

Farm News This week we welcomed four bred Nigerian Dwarf does to the farm.   Like the Nigerian Dwarf breeding bucklings we acquired in October, the does hailed from White Lotus Farms in An

Farm is Open for Holiday ShoppingDecember 14th, 2014

I'll be brief. For those of you who didn't get chocolate-chevre truffles or goat milk caramels, we still have a few left for sale at the farm.  We also have lots of crackers, cheese (chevre, blo

And then there were none AND So many delicious holiday treatsDecember 11th, 2014

Farm News They’re starting to peel off the milk line; eight does two weeks ago, five does last week, and a group of ten this morning.  Yes, our girls are very pregnant and have decided i

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