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 timeframe -- 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 mchenrycfb.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet an individual’s access needs.
Farm Stroll 2022 Featured Farms
Wanda Farm - 17419 Hebron Rd., Harvard
Wanda Farm is a first-generation regenerative farm run by Joe
and Hannah Wanda. Wanda Farm raises and sells grass-fed
beef, pastured heritage pigs, pasture-raised chicken and laying
hens. Their mission is to connect the consumer with their food;
believing that knowing your farmer goes beyond all the food
labeling. Wandafarm.net; 815-354-8700.
Hephzibah Farms, Inc. - 13202 Hebron Rd., Hebron
Hephzibah Farms, run by the Millers, sells grass-fed beef and
lamb, pastured raised pork, chicken, eggs, and turkeys. They
will be selling alpaca drier balls, socks, home-baked goods, and
products from local vendors--soap, jam, flavored popcorn,
cheese, chocolates and honey scrubs. Hephzibahfarms.com;
847-530-7373. Toilets available.
Patyk’s Farm Market and Greenhouse - 8519 Route 173, Richmond
John and Myra Patyk's working farm has much to explore from the flower-filled greenhouses
to the many farm animals and the cutest mini cows! You'll find meat from their grass-fed cattle
and goats as well as chickens, turkey and pork. Fresh chicken eggs, homemade goat milk soap
and freshly harvested fruits and vegetables will be available. Angie's Bees will offer beeswax
products (honey, lotions, scrubs etc.) for sale. PatykFarms.com; (847) 710-8732. Toilets available.
Soulful Prairies - 4706 Alden Rd., Woodstock
Linda Bruce and her family began this farm with the desire to create a
safe place for humans to heal with the support of horses, animals
and nature. It has blossomed into a space for Equine Gestalt
Therapy, a farm, and a farm stand, bee hives, fairies' walking
paths and a labyrinth. They will sell homegrown, pesticide-free
produce, honey and more. Soulfulprairies.com; 847-366-6743.
Terra Vitae Farms - 2208 Greenwood Rd., Woodstock
Kevin and Katie Kelley have partnered with their daughter and son in law,
Colleen and Mike Biver, to develop a regenerative farm focused on producing the
healthiest meat conceivably possible while leaving the land in better condition than before they started.
Their approach focuses on biodiversity at every level: microbiome, flora and fauna. Come
experience their ever-evolving ecosystem and the diverse heritage breeds of livestock.
Meat will be sold at their new location and farm store. Info@terravitaefarms.com; (815) 345-4047.
Lazy K Ranch - 18209 Collins Rd., Woodstock
The Lazy K Ranch is a small family farm offering horse
boarding, riding lessons, custom hay baling, and farm-fresh eggs.
Visit horses, donkeys, chickens, see antique tractors, and learn
how their solar installation works. An established stop on
Autumn Drive, they will have vendors on premises for the Stroll.
Facebook.com/lazykranchwoodstock; (815) 715-2070.
Cody’s Farm and Orchard - 19502 River Road, Marengo
Cody’s is a family-owned business, run by the Purdoms, selling
fresh homegrown fruit, vegetables and apple cider donuts. They
have a market at the farm, plus two mobile farm stands. Cody’s
offers seasonal vegetables, sweet corn, pumpkin and apple
picking. They also have goats, cows, rabbits, a corn maze, and
lunch options. Codysfarm.com; (815) 568-7976. Toilets available.
Broadview Farm and Gardens - 18720 IL Route 176, Marengo
Farmers Tim and Delicia Brown aim to serve their community
and others with a variety of responsibly grown vegetables, fruits,
meat, and eggs. They pledge to keep their practices transparent
and holistic with the goal of sustainability using minimal
amounts of machinery and outside labor.
Broadviewfarmandgardens.com; (815) 814-0030.
HillBunker Farms - 4915 Dean Street, Woodstock
Damon and Michele Hill run what they call an 'experiential hobby farm' committed to
natural food and healthy products. They are registered breeders of Kune Kune Pigs and
Babydoll sheep. In addition to fresh eggs, local honey, seasonal vegetables. and a variety
of hand-crafted products, they have a limited supply of humanely raised pork and lamb meat
available for purchase. The farm is famous for the 1915 caboose sitting on train tracks by the pond.
HillBunkerFarms.com; (815) 337-1622.
Vanderstappen Farm - 12908 Hebron Rd., Hebron NEW 2022
This farm is a true family affair, run by David and Katie Vanderstappen and
their five young children with the help of extended family members. A third generation farm,
it has been transformed in recent years using the newest
agricultural technology to raise and milk 150 Holstein cows and raise a small
Angus herd from calves. As a hobby, David keeps and trains a large flock of homing
pigeons. Dairy promotional products will be given away at this site.
Vanderstappenkatie@yahoo.com; (815) 687-6528.
All Grass Farms - 18N681 IL Route 31, Dundee
Cliff McConville and Anna Lipinska produce grass-fed beef,
licensed raw Guernsey milk, as well as pasture-raised chicken,
eggs, turkeys, and pork in a regenerative pasture-based farming
system. All products are organically raised and sold in the onsite
farm store. They will run hay wagon farm tours during Farm
Stroll. Allgrassfarms.com; 847-852-7081. Toilets available.
Find the PDF of this year's Farm Stroll brochure here on this website.