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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."  

The naming of a future generation of milkersOctober 23rd, 2014

Farm News  For some reason, I’ve been procrastinating about selecting a theme for this year’s crop of replacement doelings.  Maybe it’s been my preoccupation with breeding

Is it Oregon in Illiniois? AND Nomad Pizza man returns to the FarmOctober 16th, 2014

Farm News We’re approaching mid-October without the slightest frost, let alone a killing frost.  Typically this time of year, the tomato vines have been struck down by a skiff of night fre

Everything in miniatureOctober 10th, 2014

We traveled north to Michigan this week to pick up our new Nigerian Dwarf bucks.  In my search for commercial milking herds with Nigerian Dwarf does, I had found a small young creamery nestled

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