Our Farmstand and How it Works

This is our Farmstand. You will see it on your right side as you pull into our drive – before you come to any of the other buildings.

Our stand is open every day for your convenience and is stocked with products that are raised on our farm. That means we will have seasonal produce. It also means that we are able to offer super fresh produce, herbs and flowers – often within a few minutes of picking.

Our stand is not always staffed so we have a place for you to leave your money. Please bring smaller bills in case there is no one to make change. We are usually busy planting, picking, weeding, feeding and cleaning up.

Please park along the drive near the stand. We are a working farm with equipment coming in and out. We have electric fences to protect our animals from predators. We ask that you remain in the immediate area around the stand and keep children with you at all times.

Thank you for taking the time to shop with us.

Pam and Bill

PS Please visit our Farmstand during daylight hours only. The Farmstand is not lighted and we cannot be responsible for your safety in the dark. We have also discovered that people who come after dark can’t see that they have left the cooler door open. Bad for the environment and our electric bill.

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Last of the Summer Veggies

Summer will be coming to an end today with overnight temps expected to be 32 degrees!

So, we have picked all of the peppers and the last of the tomatoes.

In addition to the regular packaging, there is a 3 pound bag of red Lunchbox peppers ($5.00) and a 5 pound bag of bell peppers ($8.00) in the cooler. Peppers are easy to freeze and so wonderful on a cold winter day!

We also have butternut squash, baking pumpkins, white onions and eggs.

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Fall Harvest Day

Yesterday was our fall harvest day.

We picked lots of lovely sweet peppers!

Peppers are super easy to freeze and it is so nice to have them available on a cold winter day!

Bell Peppers

Lunchbox Peppers

Mixed Sweet Peppers

Butternut Squash

And HONEY!

Raw honey from hives on our farm

Comb Honey

Sweet peppers are in the cooler along with some jalapeno peppers, red okra, the last flower bouquets of the season and eggs. 

Butternut and spaghetti squash, onions, baking pumpkins and the last of the tomatoes are in the stand.

Contact us ahead of coming out for honey. We do not stock that in the stand.

815-467-5259

pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Fresh Flowers and Herbs

We were able to get flowers and herbs cut before the rain started yesterday. This could be the last week for flowers as the zinnias really suffer from the extreme rain.

$7.00 for flowers

$4.00 for herbs

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Running Water

The water has gone down from the overnight high, but you can see it was over the bank at some point

Peppers had water running through

Tomatoes had running water and now have standing water. They had finally started to recover from the spring floods.

The good news is that the bridge and bee hives are still in place! And I cut some flowers and herbs yesterday so we will have bouquets in the cooler on this dreary day.

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Peppers by the pound

We have sweet red Lunch Box peppers available in a 3 pound bag for $6.00

2 bags available in the Farmstand cooler

They are super easy to freeze (just cut the tops off and throw them in a freezer bag) for your winter eating pleasure. My favorite winter use is in omelets.

Thawed Lunch Box peppers last winter. 

 

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Fresh Flowers and Veggies

It’s Fresh Flower Friday!

Fresh mason jar bouquets are in the cooler for $7.00 each

We also have a nice selection of heirloom, cherry and roma tomatoes – $2.50 per pint

Yellow squash, various sweet and bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic and Fresh salsa kits. The kit has everything you need to make a batch of fresh salsa – including our recipe!

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Know How Your Meat is Raised

If you are interested in purchasing your meat from local farmers who raise they’re animals on pasture, here are a couple of great options.

Pork

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Tage Shumway raises a Berkshire/Tamworth cross on a beautiful wooded (oak & hickory) pasture. The pigs are born on his farm in a natural setting (no farrowing crates). In addition to the pasture forage, he supplements with certified organic feed from a local mill. 

He sells either a half or whole hog and will be taking some in for processing next week.

$2.00 per pound hanging weight and you pay processing.

You can contact him at

shumwaytage@gmail.com

Beef , Chicken & Lamb

Jim and Ruth Draper at Graze-N-Grow Farm raise Belted Galloway cattle and Kathadin sheep on full pasture. They are also raising some Freedom Ranger chickens this year. The chickens are supplemented with certified organic feed from a local mill and also have pasture for foraging.

 

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Heirloom Tomatoes

We are finally picking heirloom tomatoes and cherry tomatoes!

Choose the tomatoes you like to fill a pint container (or 2) for $2.50

 

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It’s Fresh Flower Friday!

We have fresh flowers in the Farmstand cooler. They arranged in a jar and ready to gift or brighten your table. There are tags available for you to add to the jar for gifting.

Just $7.00 each!

We also have fresh salsa kits, tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, beans, garlic and okra.

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More Fresh Flowers

We made up some more Fresh Flower bouquets this morning. Stop by our Farmstand and pick one up for a hostess gift or for your own enjoyment. We have some cute tags to choose from for gifting. $7.00 each

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Fresh Salsa Kits

We have put together a kit with all the ingredients you need to make a batch of fresh salsa. Including our Creekside recipe!

You can pick up a kit or 2 from our Farmstand cooler for $5.00

So, I made a batch using the ingredients from 1 kit. It took me 15 minutes from washing to finished and made 3 cups of finished salsa.

I remove the seeds and membranes from the jalapeno peppers to decrease the heat. I also try not to touch the insides of the peppers and immediately wash my hands.

 

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September Creekside Market Day

UPDATE: Because of the rainy forecast for Sunday, we will be set up in the garage with the soap, honey and yarn. The vegetables will be in the farmstand.

Our September Creekside Market Day

will be on Sunday the 22nd.

Join us in our Farmstand from 9 until 2

(The stand is open and stocked with eggs and available vegetables every day) 

We made some cute Sunflower soaps that will be finished curing just in time.

In addition to the sunflowers, we will have our regular goat milk soap bars and our Aleppo soap. The goat milk we use in our soap comes from Staudacher Farm in Yorkville.

We will  have raw honey from hives on our farm, a variety of seasonal vegetables and alpaca yarn made from the fiber of our Suri alpacas.

Our hens are enjoying their large grass filled pasture and producing plenty of eggs.

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New this week – Beans!

We are finally getting a nice variety of vegetables!

Beautiful Dragon Tongue beans are in the Farmstand

Along with, green and purple beans, zucchini and Lemon squash, bags of mixed color bell and sweet peppers, pints of Shishito and red Lunch Box peppers, calico sweet corn, garlic, tomatoes and plenty of eggs.

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Fresh flowers and Veggies

Fresh flowers are in the cooler for Fresh Flower Friday! We also picked calico sweet corn, fresh tomatoes, sweet peppers, bell peppers, zucchini and yellow squash, green and Dragon Tongue beans, and have plenty of eggs from our organic and pasture raised hens.

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Creekside market Day – Tomorrow!

We will be hosting our August Creekside Market Day tomorrow (Saturday) from 9 until 2

We are finally starting to pick a larger variety of vegetables! YAY!!!

We will have a limited quantity of a few new items – sweet corn, potatoes & tomatoes.

Calico sweet corn

 

Lemon Squash

Renee will be cutting flowers this morning and making up some beautiful bouquets.

We will have plenty of eggs from our pasture raised hens, raw honey from hives on our farm and hand made soap.

Raw honey from hives on our farm

Comp Honey

Our featured soap is Aleppo soap. It is a combination or olive and laurel berry oils. It takes an extra long cure time (it’s been curing since early January) because of the liquid oils. The longer cure time makes a harder bar and also improves the lather and mildness of the soap.

Aleppo style soap – olive and laurel berry oil -no milk

We will also have yarn and fiber from our small herd of Suri alpacas

Suri alpaca yarn and roving

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Barn Swallows – Round 2!

Round 2 of the baby barn swallows. So happy to have these little insect eaters. Very few flies in the barn!

Our original nest. This nest has been in use for several years.

One of the new nests that were built this year. 2nd round of babies for this nest!

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Fresh flowers and vegetables

The bees were hanging out in the squash blossoms this morning while I picked in the rain.

We have Lemon squash, zucchini, bell peppers, sweet peppers, Shishitto peppers, garlic and tomatoes.

We also have fresh flower boquets and plenty of eggs.

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Fresh Flower Boquets

Fresh Flower Boquets are in the cooler.

$7.00 each

We also have plenty of eggs from our free pasture raised hens 5.00 per dz

Zucchini, lemon squash, sweet peppers, hard neck garlic, and a few tomatoes.

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More Milkweed

So, this is what we decided to do with our free time this morning. Plant some swamp milkweed in our new Monarch Habitat.

Plants and water in the Gator and the Bear for moral support
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August Creekside Market Day

Our August Creekside Market Day will be on Saturday the 17th 

Join us in our Farmstand from 9 until 2

(The stand is open and stocked with eggs and available vegetables every day) 

Hard neck garlic

Our hard neck garlic will be cured and available.

We also hope to have a variety of vegetables and fresh flowers.

We will have our raw honey collected from hives on our farm, lots of hand-made goats milk soap (made with fresh milk from Staudacher Farm in Yorkville), and some of our Suri alpaca yarn.

Aleppo style soap

Our Aleppo style soap has been curing since early January and is ready to use! It’s a combination of olive and laurel berry oil and has a wonderful mild lather. Aleppo soap has no goat milk so is suitable for anyone looking for a vegan option. It requires a much longer cure time because it has only liquid oils – but is well worth the wait!

Raw honey from hives on our farm

Eggs from our pasture raised and organically fed hens

Yarn and roving from our Suri alpacas

 

 

 

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Fresh Flowers

We have some fresh flower bouquets and sunflowers in the Farmstand cooler. The mixed bouquets come in a mason jar for $7.00 and the sunflowers are $1.00 each.

We also have eggs from our pasture raised and organically fed hens, beets, zucchini, fresh hard neck garlic and a couple of bags of mini cucumbers.

Our Farmstand is located in our driveway. You will see it on your right as you pull into the drive – before you reach the other buildings.

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July Creekside Market Day

Tomorrow is our July Market here on our farm.

Join us in our Farmstand from 9 until 2

(The stand is open and stocked with eggs and available vegetables every day) 

We will have our raw honey collected from hives on our farm, lots of hand-made goats milk soap (made with fresh milk from Staudacher Farm in Yorkville), and some of our Suri alpaca yarn.

Raw honey from hives on our farm

Suri alpaca yarn and roving

Curing soap

We are finally starting to pick some vegetables (beets, garlic & zucchini) and have a nice assortment of fresh cut herbs. I will be cutting those tomorrow morning. I also plan to cut some flowers for our mason jar bouquets. And, we have plenty of eggs from our organic & pasture raised hens.

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Beet Love

In between playing assistant to the hay machinery mechanic – I managed to pick wash and bunch some beautiful beets. $3.00 per bunch

I also found time to share a few small beets and some greens with the alpacas and chickens. Chikillia (the tan alpaca in front) is normally our least pushy boy. Except when he knows his person is cleaning beets LOL

We also have plenty of eggs and a few beautiful flower bouquets in the cooler.

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Beets

We have started harvesting our Cylindra beets. Their sweet flavor a d buttery texture makes them a favorite. They are bunched with their green attached for $3.00 per bunch.

We also have plenty of eggs in the cooler

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Power is back!

The power is back on and we have the eggs, lettuce and broccoli back in the Farmstand cooler.

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Kitty company

Tiger was keeping me company today while I was digging a little garlic. He was also looking for protection from the barn swallows. They don’t care for his company.

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Lettuce

Lettuce is back in the Farmstand cooler

We managed to get lettuce picked ahead of the “rain event”. 

Washed and bagged – $3.00 per bag

We also have plenty of eggs in the cooler

Our hens have full pasture access and organic feed.

 

 

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No U-Pick

We do not offer U-Pick on our farm.

All of our produce is picked by us and available in our Farmstand.

For insurance reasons, we cannot allow self tours.

Because we are a working farm, we are busy working and not available for guided tours.

Our farm is also our home and we ask that our customers and their children remain in the immediate area around our Farmstand. Please leave your pets at home or be prepared to leave them in your vehicle with the a/c running.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and for taking the time to shop with us.

Pam and Bill

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