McHenry County has strong agricultural roots. But if you think those roots have withered you would be mistaken. There are still lots of working, and thriving, farms all over McHenry County and this weekend families can learn about them directly from those families working the land. The McHenry County Farm Stroll will take place on Sunday September 30 featuring 12 different McHenry County Farms.
The McHenry County Farm Stroll is a self-guided day in the country featuring 12 McHenry County Farms. You will visit farms that feature various produce, cows, sheep, poultry, even alpacas! Since it is self-guided there is no schedule to keep, families can go to as few or as many farms as they want any time from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dress for the weather and pre prepared to be outside strolling through pastures and barns, fields and more.
Participants in the 2018 McHenry County Farm Stroll include:
- A. Golden Oaks Farm, 27730 W. Bonner Rd., Wauconda – featuring tours of on the hour of the dairy and composting facility. Compost will be sold on site.
- B. Dykstra’s Farm, 2917 Greenwood Rd., Woodstock – This small (only 2-acres!) family farm raises heritage breeds of pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and English shepherds. They will tour their 100-plus-year-old buildings.
- C. Knotty Pine Farm, 6011 Miller Rd., Wonder Lake – Knotty Pine is an equine center offering English and Western lessons, horse camps, pony rides, a petting zoo, and party facility.
- D. Main Stay Therapeutic Farm, 6919 Keystone Rd., Richmond – Main Stay provides therapeutic riding and equine and animal-assisted therapeutic activities for individuals with physical, developmental and social emotional disabilities.
- E. Patyk’s Farm Market and Greenhouse, 8519 Route 173, Richmond – This farm grows vegetables and fruits that they sell at their farm stand, farmers markets and to a CSA. In additional to homegrown produce they have handmade soap, meat, eggs, farm animals, and annual and perennial flowers.
- F. Von Bergen’s Country Market, 9805 Route 173, Hebron – This large farm boasts a 150 acres devoted to fresh vegetables. They also feature you-pick pumpkins.
- H. Harvard Eggs, Feed and Produce, 17205 McGuire Road, Harvard – This family-run farm and feed store stocks livestock, horse, and pet feeds as well as beekeeping supplies and bee orders. They sell eggs, chicks, turkeys, poultry, meat, produce, hay, honey and beeswax, and yarn from their sheep and llamas.
- G. Hephzibah Farms Inc., 1302 Hebron Rd., Hebron – This family farm raises animals with the utmost respect, selling grass-fed beef, range-raised pork, and eggs from their pastured poultry.
- I. ALsPACAs of Dutch Mill Farms, 19860 Lembcke Rd., Harvard – The VanMaren family care for 64 Suri alpacas and hope visitors will enjoy taking pictures and fed the alpacas. There will be spinners and weavers as well as alpaca fibers and finished goods.
- J. Thornpaw Lea Farm 510 South Menfe Rd., Marengo – This family built and run farm sells organic free-range eggs, Kathdin lamb, pork and free-range Heritage Bourbon Red turkeys.
- K. Cody’s Farm and Orchard, 19502 Rover Road, Marengo – This family farm sells homegrown fruit and vegetables as well as pumpkin and apple picking. They also have goats, rabbits and a multi-acre corn maze.
- L. Hoffie Nursery, 17102 Marengo Rd., Union – Hoffie is one of the leading wholesale perennials growers in the area. During the farm stroll a selected group of perennials will be for sale as well as local artist’s works.
McHenry County Farm Stroll
Sunday, September 30, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The McHenry County Farm Stroll is organized by the McHenry County Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardners. Master Gardners and 4H volunteers will assist farm families in accommodating guests for farm-related demonstrations and tours.
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