THE FARM - COME VISIT US!
While we welcome visitors, we are, first and foremost, a diverse working farm. During the height of our production and marketing season (March through December), we are busy making cheese, taking care of the goats, tending the orchard, selling cheese and fruits at farmers' markets and hosting farm dinners and other farm events.
During our farm's open hours, visitors can walk around the farm, visit with the goats, pick fruits when in season, and see the cheese making process through our viewing window.
Seasonally, the farm is open for self-guided farm visits and farm product purchasing. It is best to check our main page for the current open hours as they change by season.
Our farm store, "The Real Stand," features our own farm products (cheese, gelato, jams, etc.) as well as those from other neighboring farms (meats, eggs, vegetables, sausages, charcuterie, flour) who share our mission of sustainable and accountable agriculture.
NEW in 2019 “Behind the Scenes” guided tours with Michael Darin, the farm’s event coordinator. Starting in mid-May through the end of August, Michael will host tours every other weekend-Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm and 3 pm. Michael will provide a brief history of the farm, explain the goat milking and cheese making processes and then end the tour with a generous tasting of several of the creamery’s cheeses.
Tours are conducted rain or shine, and last approximately 45-minutes. Please be prepared to walk around the farm; comfortable closed-toed shoes are advised. No reservations are required. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and younger.
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We also offer guided, educational group tours and tastings for a small fee. (Contact Leslie for more information about guided group tours at email@example.com.)
Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery offers guided, educational tours for groups. Guests of all ages can enjoy the farm on a more in-depth level. Meet the goats, view the milking parlor and creamery, walk through the orchard and garden, and taste some of our farmstead products. Cheese and gelato are a great way to wrap up the 50 minute tour.
In the spring, visitors can see the new-born baby goats, the first blooms on the fruit trees, and the small plants in the garden. Throughout the summer, the vegetables will be growing and the goat kids will have grown up a bit too! You may also get to pick some peaches or berries. The fall brings the bees to the prairie goldenrod, and the goats are getting ready for breeding season. We also tailor tours to accommodate interests of particular groups-horticulture focus for garden clubs, farm “science” for school groups, “farm to table” for chefs in training, etc.
The cost of the tours is $5 for children and students and $8 for adults. For groups of children, 1 adult per 10 children will be free of charge. We have an $80 group minimum, regardless of the number in your party.
To avoid getting lost on your way to the farm, we recommend you FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS.
If your group is interested in purchasing cheese platters with accompaniments, we can accommodate groups of 25 or more guests.
Tours are conducted RAIN OR SHINE. Please be prepared to walk around the farm; comfortable closed-toed shoes are advised. Also, we have bees on the farm to pollinate our trees and garden. We mention this so if anyone has severe allergic reactions to stings they are advised to bring their allergy medication. Also, if there are any food allergies - nuts, dairy, etc. please let us know when booking the tour. We can adapt the samples accordingly.
If you need to cancel, please contact us 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour time without incurring a fee.
For tour buses, tours can also be arranged in co-operation with the Champaign County Visitor’s Bureau, "Visit Champaign County." Visit their website, www.visitchampaigncounty.org.