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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. 

 

 

NEWS Flash: March means baby goat madness and Farm Dinner TicketsMarch 2nd, 2015

March is coming in like a lion; the roar of hungry baby goats is deafening.  Within the past few days we have had a surge from a handful of kids to 75 on the ground.  There seems to be a co

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

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