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Farm Fun
MUST-DO
While area farms serve a purpose of growing or
producing food, there's also plenty of opportunities
to visit a farm for fun. Here's our top list of must-do
activities on our local farms.
LOCAL EXPERT
Taidghin O'Brien
Marketing & Outreach Manager
The Land Connection
Hardy's Reindeer Ranch
CORN MAZES
Wander into the tall stalks of corn at Hardy's Reindeer Ranch, where you
can get lost in their 10-acre design which changes every year. Buxton's
Garden Farm in Sullivan presents their " Corn Maize " in the fall, where you
can also grab pumpkins, squash, and mums. For the younger ones, check out
the smaller mazes at both Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch and The Great
Pumpkin Patch.
PICK YOUR PUMPKINS & APPLES
Home d├ęcor, Halloween decorations, or cooking and baking, pumpkins serve
many purposes. The Great Pumpkin Patch combines education on uses of
these cucurbits alongside the fun of a pumpkin patch, picking your own or
exploring their remarkable pumpkin and squash displays. Curtis Orchard &
Pumpkin Patch encourages you to walk the yellow brick road through the
kids activities before reaching the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, leading
you back to their shop filled with cider, donuts, and their award-winning
honey. Okaw Valley Orchard in Sullivan is an off-the-beaten-path farm
with U-Pick, apple cider making demonstrations, educational tours, and a
charming store to pick up their cider, donuts, and more.
DINE ON THE FARM
A different kind of al fresco dining, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery invites
you to be a part of a community dinner under their pavilion, where guest
chefs prepare multiple course dinners utilizing their goat cheese and other
local ingredients for a truly unique experience. Willow Creek Farm hosts
guests on their elegant property where you're served five courses utilizing
their livestock and produce, paired perfectly with a selection of wines, for an
unforgettable experience.
Prairie Fruits Farm
& Creamery
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Don't let the expansive fields of corn and soy fool
you; Champaign County is rife with small farms,
local markets, and great farm-to-table finds just
waiting for you. Be a little adventurous, a tad
curious, and get to know the people that make
the local agriculture community what it is. "
TIPS
Many breweries in Champaign County use local grains in their
beers and love talking with people about where they source
from and why they prefer local grains. Stop in for a drink,
support local farmers, and learn about this amazing aspect of
the local food system.
Not all farmers markets in Champaign County are on the
weekend! There are great markets to visit during the week in
Rantoul, Monticello, and Champaign, to name a few.
If you want to get recommendations on good farm-to-table
spots, find out where to get certain local products, or know what
is in season, all you have to do is ask a farmer and
they'll help you out.
Buy Fresh Buy Local Illinois is a great online resource that has
listings of local farms as well as restaurants, breweries, and
grocers that source from local producers.
There are some great farms in Champaign County with
activities for the entire family. However, not all working farms
are agritourism destinations and might not like it when people
just randomly show up. Make sure to check online or call ahead
to make sure that visiting a farm is acceptable.
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