McHenry County Farm Stroll - Sunday, September 29, 10 am to 4 pm
Farm Stroll is a self-guided tour of McHenry County’s diversified family farms. There is no beginning or end of the tour: just choose the farms you wish to visit and go during the stroll’s timeframe. Don’t bring pets, please.
There is no charge for Farm Stroll. However, bring some cash; individual farmers will be selling products and produce.
Some farms will conduct tours and demonstrations. Follow the farmers’ instructions, respect the animals, and watch your children. Wash your hands after exposure to livestock.
Visit McHenry County Farm Bureau at mchenrycfb.org or facebook.com/McHenryCountyFarmBureau or call 815-338-1520. Visit University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners at web.extension.illinois.edu/lm, call 815-338-3737, or visit facebook.com/McHenryCoMasterGardener or northernilfarmstroll for more information.
Highfield Farm Creamery NEW in 2019 W4848 State Line Rd., Walworth WI Terry and Denise Woods use the milk from their small herd of grass-fed Jersey cows to handcraft farmstead artisan cheeses. Truly local and a stone’s throw from McHenry Co.! They offer cheese curds and various traditional aged cheeses. They open their creamery for private events, tastings, pasture walks, and classes. Highfieldfarm.com; 262-275-3027. Toilets available.
Hephzibah Farms, Inc. 13202 Hebron Rd., Hebron Hephzibah Farms, run by the Millers, sells grass-fed lamb, naturally raised chicken, and naturally raised turkeys for Thanksgiving. They also will sell alpaca items (drier balls and socks) and take meat orders for cows, pigs and lambs, which will be butchered later. Hephzibahfarms.com; 847-530-7373.
Hidden Marsh Farm NEW in 2019 10200 Button Rd., Hebron Hidden Marsh is a sustainable farm raising pastured, organic, heritage Hereford hogs. The farm also has horses, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and peacocks; livestock guard dogs protect everyone. Joanne sells finished hogs and chicken eggs. Visit their Facebook page; 847-209-3046.
Von Bergen’s Country Market 9805 Route 173, Hebron The farm encompasses 1,200 acres; 150 acres are devoted to the fresh vegetables sold at the market. Mel and Bobette grow sweet corn, tomatoes, muskmelon, peppers and more; in autumn they feature squash and you-pick/we-pick pumpkins. They also sell locally grown fruit, pies, breads, jams, jellies and pickles. Vonbergens.com; 815-648-2332. Toilets available.
Patyk’s Farm Market and Greenhouse 8519 Route 173, Richmond Patyk’s Farm grows vegetables and fruits they sell at their farm stand, two farmers’ markets and to CSA customers. John and Myra raise goats, cows, turkeys, pigs and hundreds of chickens. They sell homegrown produce, locally grown fruits, handmade soap, meat, eggs, farm animals, and annual and perennial flowers. Patykfarms.com; 815-648-4065.
Main Stay Therapeutic Farm 6919 Keystone Rd., Richmond Main Stay provides therapeutic riding, equine and animal-assisted therapeutic activities for individuals with physical, developmental, emotional and social disabilities. Activities at the farm enrich lives in a caring, safe, and challenging environment that enables individuals to reach their full potential. Mainstayfarm.org; 815-653-9374. Toilets available.
Knotty Pine Farm 6011 Miller Rd., Wonder Lake Stacey Splendoria and family own and operate Knotty Pine, an equine center offering a variety of animal-related activities. They offer English and Western riding lessons, horse camps, pony rides, Scout outings and a party facility. Cash only, please. Knottypinefarm.webs.com; 815-648-1459.
Dykstra’s Farm 2917 Greenwood Rd., Woodstock Laura and Jeff Dykstra’s farm is on just 2 acres, and every inch is used. Since 2010, they have raised heritage breeds of pigs, sheep, chickens, and English shepherds. They also have a vegetable garden and 100-plus-year-old buildings. The Dykstras will be taking orders for breeding stock and freezer meat. Visit their Facebook page Dykstra’s Farm; call or text 224-848-0270.
Terra Vitae Farms NEW in 2019 2719 Greenwood Rd., Woodstock Kevin and Katie Kelley have partnered with Mike and Colleen Biver to develop a regenerative farm focused on producing the healthiest meat conceivably possible. Their approach focuses on biodiversity at every level: microbiome, flora and fauna. Come experience their ever-evolving ecosystem and the diverse heritage breeds. Terravitaefarms.com; 815-345-4047.
Midwest Organics Recycling NEW in 2019 29353 N. Darrell Rd., McHenry Midwest Organics Recycling is a composting operation established to explore the environmental benefits of manure composting while looking for a solution to sustain the viability of one of the last dairy operations in an urban area. Bags of compost will be sold. Compostmatters.com; 312-550-2464.
HillBunker Farms NEW in 2019 4915 Dean Street, Woodstock Damon and Michele Hill run an organic farm that provides organic produce for CSA subscribers, raw honey, Kune-Kune pigs and Baby Doll sheep, and a wide variety of handmade all-natural soaps, body butter, lip balm, foot cream, beard oil, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, and much more. HillBunkerfarms.com; 815-337-1622.
Cody’s Farm and Orchard 19502 River Road, Marengo Cody’s is a family-owned business selling fresh homegrown fruit, vegetables and apple cider donuts. In addition to the market at the farm, they have three mobile farm stands. Cody’s offers seasonal vegetables, sweet corn, pumpkin picking and apple picking. They also have goats and rabbits, a corn maze, and onsite lunch options. Codysfarm.com; 815-568-7976. Toilets available.