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 29 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 be prepared to be outside strolling through pastures and barns, fields and more.
Participants in the 2019 McHenry County Farm Stroll include:
- A. Highfield Farm Creamery, W4848 State Line Rd., Walworth WI
A stone’s throw from McHenry County this farm produces handcrafted artisan cheeses from a small herd of grass-fed Jersey cows
- B. 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.
- C. Hidden Marsh Farm, 10200 Button Rd., Hebron
Hiden marsh is a sustainable farm raising pastured, organic, heritage Hereford Hogs. They sell finished hogs and chicken eggs.
- D. Von Bergen’s Country Market, 9805 Route 173, Hebron
This large farm boasts 150 acres devoted to fresh vegetables. They also feature you-pick pumpkins.
- 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. 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.
- G. 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.
- H. 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.
- I. Terra Vitae, 2719 Greenwood Rd., Woodstock
This is a regenerative farm focused on producing the healthiest met conceivable possible. They do this by focusing on biodiversity at every level. Come experience their ever-evolving ecosystem and the diverse heritage breeds.
- J. Midwest Organics Recycling, 29353 N. Darrell Rd., McHenry
MOR 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.
- K. HillBunker Farm, 4915 Dean Street, Woodstock
This organic farm provides organic produce for CSA subscribers, raw honey, Kune-Kune pigs and Baby Doll sheep, and a wide variety of handmade all-natural soaps, and body products.
- L. 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.
Plan to spend a leisurely afternoon with your local farmers at the McHenry County Farm Stroll. Don’t forget to wear your boots and prepare for a great day on the farm.
McHenry County Farm Stroll
Sunday, September 29, 2019 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.
Have you been on the Farm Stroll? Tell us about it in the comments!