Woodstock, Ill. – Come out for an autumn day in the country! On Sunday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., McHenry County will host its annual Farm Stroll, a free self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms. A total of 11 farms will be part of this educational agriculture-centric tour. Fruits and vegetables, dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, horses, honeybees, perennial plants, and more will be featured within these 11 farms.
Because this is a family-friendly, free, self-guided tour, there is no beginning or end of the route—just choose the farms that interest you and visit them during the designated time frame -- from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Farm Stroll is organized by the McHenry County Farm Bureau, University of Illinois Extension, and the Center for Agrarian Learning. McHenry County Extension Master Gardener and 4-H volunteers will be onsite to assist farm families in accommodating guests and conducting demonstrations and tours.
There is no charge for the Farm Stroll, but most farms will be selling food, produce or other farm-related products. Bring cash to purchase items directly from the farmers. Bring a cooler, too.
Remember, these are working farms: dress appropriately, and supervise children at all times. No pets, please. A few farms will have toilet facilities, but most do not.
Visit McHenry County Farm Bureau for more info at https://mchenrycfb.org/mchenry-county-farm-stroll-0 or call 815-338-1520. Also visit University of Illinois Extension at extension.illinois.edu/lm or call 815-338-3737.
If an accommodation is needed in order to participate, please email email@example.com. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet an individual’s access needs.
SOURCE: Sarah Farley, Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms, University of Illinois Extension in McHenry County
WRITER: Michelle Byrne Walsh, University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardener volunteer