McHenry County Farm Stroll

Sunday September 30, 2018 10:00am to 4:00pm

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. 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. For your safety, follow the farmers’ instructions, and be respectful of the animals. These are working farms; have control over small children at all times. Wash your hands after exposure to livestock. Don’t bring pets, please.

Visit McHenry County Farm Bureau at or on Facebook at or call 815-338-1520.

Visit U of I Extension Master Gardeners at or on Facebook at or call 815-338-3737.


Golden Oaks Farm NEW in 2018 27730 W. Bonner Rd., Wauconda 
Golden Oaks Farm breeds both Black and Red Holsteins. The herd consists of 720 milking females and 680 young. Golden Oaks aims to produce 19 million pounds of milk per year. Tours on the hour of the dairy and 25-acre composting facility. Bags of compost will be sold. Visit; call 847-526-6644.

Dykstra’s Farm NEW in 2018 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, goats, 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.

Knotty Pine Farm NEW in 2018 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, a petting zoo, scout outings and a party facility. Visit; call 815-648-1459.

Main Stay Therapeutic Farm NEW in 2018 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. Visit; call 815-653-9374. Toilets available.

Patyk’s Farm Market and Greenhouse 8519 Route 173, Richmond Patyk Farms grows vegetables and fruits they sell at their farm stand, two farmers’ markets and to CSA customers. John and Myra raise goats, cows, turkeys and hundreds of chickens. They sell homegrown produce, locally grown fruits, handmade soap, meat, eggs, farm animals, and annual and perennial flowers. Visit; call 815-648-4065.

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. Visit; call 815-648-2332. Toilets available.

Harvard Eggs, Feed and Produce 17205 McGuire Road, Harvard Sue and Bruce Dietz own this family-run farm and feed store that stocks livestock, horse and pet feeds,  beekeeping supplies and bee orders. They sell eggs, chicks in the spring, turkeys for Thanksgiving, poultry meat, produce, hay, honey and beeswax, and yarn from their sheep and llamas. Visit; call 815-943-4837. Toilets available.

Hephzibah Farms, Inc. 13202 Hebron Rd., Hebron Hephzibah Farms, run by the Millers, raises a variety of animals with the utmost respect; they believe that happy and healthy animals help create happy and healthy people. They sell grass-fed beef, range-raised pork, and eggs from their pastured poultry. Visit; call 847-530-7373.

ALsPACAs of Dutch Mill Farms 19860 Lembcke Road, Harvard Al VanMaren and his family have 64 Suri alpacas on two farms on Lembcke Road. Al’s alpacas come in various colors of white, black, brown, beige and gray. The VanMaren family hopes visitors will enjoy taking photos and feeding the alpacas grain. There will be spinners and weavers as well as alpaca fibers and finished goods. Email; call 815-569-4548.

Thornpaw Lea Farm 510 South Menge Road, Marengo In 2011, Robert and Therese Ortloff  found land and built a 10acre farm from the ground up. Their five daughters help out, as do their five grandchildren. Thornpaw Lea sells organic free-range eggs, Katahdin lamb (whole or half), pork (whole or half hog), and free-range Heritage Bourbon Red turkeys. Call 224-587-8832 or 847-477-4399; visit

Cody’s Farm and Orchard 19502 River Road, Marengo Cody’s is a family-owned business selling fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables. In addition to the farm 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 plus a multi-acre corn maze. Visit; call 815-568-7976. Toilets available.

Hoffie Nursery NEW in 2017 17102 Marengo Road, Union Carsten and Allyson Hoffmeyer began Hoffie Nursery, Inc. in 1990. Carsten's dream had always been to grow “Perennial Quality” plants for garden centers and landscapers. Today Hoffie is one of the leading wholesale perennials growers in the area. During Farm Stroll, a selected group of perennials will be for sale, as will local artists’ works. .

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