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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Sriracha (Red Rooster) Sauce

Sriracha (Red Rooster) Sauce

1 pound ripe jalapeno peppers, stems cut off , ½ pound ripe serrano peppers – stems cut off, 4 large cloves of garlic- peeled,

3 tbl. Of brown sugar or honey, 1/3 cup of water, ½ cup or white vinegar

Chop jalapeno and serrano peppers, retaining seeds and membranes, and place into a blender with garlic, brown sugar, salt, and water. Blend until smooth, pulsing several times to start. Transfer puree into a large glass container such as a large jar or pitcher. Cover container with plastic wrap and place into a cool dark location for 3 to 5 days, stirring once a day. The mixture will begin to bubble and ferment. Scrape down the sides during each stirring. Rewrap after every stirring and return to a cool, dark place until mixture is bubbly. Pour fermented mixture back into blender with vinegar; blend until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a saucepan, pushing as much of the pulp as possible through the strainer into the sauce. Discard remaining pulp, seeds, and skin left in strainer. Place saucepan on a burner and bring sauce to a boil, stirring often, until reduced to your desired thickness, 5 to 10 minutes. Skim foam if desired. Remove saucepan from heat and let sauce cool to room temperature. Sauce will thicken a little when cooled. Transfer sauce to jars or bottles and refrigerate.

 

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Fresh Honey Supply

Our Bee Keeper brought us a fresh batch of our honey and added a new option.

He bottled up a combination of comb & fluid honey.

Raw & Local Honey

Raw & Local
Comb/Fluid honey
$20.

Raw & Local Comb/Fluid Honey
$20.00

Comb/Fluid honey

Raw & Local fluid honey
1 pound in glass or plastic with dispenser lid
$13.

Raw & Local Comb Honey
$20.

Some believe that the comb is more nutritious than eating just the honey itself, as it contains a natural antibiotic, bee pollen, and large amounts of propolis.

We have raw honey that is produced on our organic farm.

While we can’t control where the bees from our hives choose to forage – 

we do provide them with plenty of great options! 

Our Farm yard is filled with organic vegetables, flowers, flowering trees & flowering cover crops. We also have 20 acres of pollinator habitat, 8 acres of Monarch butterfly habitat and the remainder of our fields are planted in grass and alfalfa. The alfalfa gets a lovely purple flower that the bees love. 

Honey is available by appointment & can be picked up in our Farmstand for the next few weeks (until it becomes too cold). 

call 815-467-5259

email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

message us on our Facebook page

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Preparing for Fall & Winter

 As the season changes to fall, it’s time to get ready for colder weather and an end to the fresh summer vegetables. We still have peppers, butternut squash, pumpkins for baking (and a few for decorating), garlic and some lovely succulents. 

Peppers can be easily preserved in your freezer, pickled and kept in your refrigerator or pickled and canned (still pretty easy).

Pumpkins can be baked/mashed & frozen or canned. 

Garlic can be stored for several months in your pantry or dry basement

Honey last forever – literally!

Our goatmilk soap will leave you skin clean without excessive drying – even when you’re washing your hands many times each day.

Body butter and lotion bars offer great protection from dry winter air inside and cold winter air outside.

And, easy to care for succulent plants to bring a little green into your fall/winter!

Please place your order for honey, soap & lotions ahead of coming out. They are never stocked in the Farmstand. 

call us at 815-467-5259

email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

send us a message on our FB page

If you are looking for honey – we have 1 pound jars in glass or plastic with a dispenser lid, comb honey and 2 ounce bears.

1 pound jar $13.

Honey in Comb $20.

2 ounce Honey Bear $3.

Our handmade goatmilk soap, body butter  & lotion bar sticks are ready 

Goatmilk Soap $5.

 

Creamy Body Butter $14.00
Lavender, Lilac or Sweet orange Ylang-Ylang

Lotion Bar $14.00
Lavender or Sweet orange Ylang-Ylang

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Bushels of Tomatoes

We are picking bushels of beautiful tomatoes! So many that we are selling them in half and full bushel quantities. We choose our tomato varieties based on their fabulous flavor and pick them ripe. No chemicals of any kind.

A half is 25 pounds for $25.00 & a full is 50 pounds for $45.00

These tomatoes are great for juice and canning. Currently we have a choice of either all red or a mix of colored and red heirlooms. The colored heirlooms will add some extra sweetness to your juice.

Contact us to reserve your choice while they last

pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

815-467-5259 (leave a message because we will be outside picking)

Message us on our FB page

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Raw Local Honey

You can order raw honey from hives on our farm for pick-up in our Farmstand.🐝🍯😋

Email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Message us on our Facebook page

call 815-467-5259

Raw Fluid Honey $13.00

Raw Comb Honey $20.00

 

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Creekside Market Day

Our next Creekside Market Day will be on July 24th from 8 until 1.

In addition to our seasonal produce and eggs, we will have our hand made goat milk soap & raw honey from hives on our farm. Market Day is your best opportunity to check out the different soap scents.  We will have 3 new “summer” soaps ready for the July Marked Day.

Black raspberry/vanilla
cucumber/mint
peach prosecco

P.S. We will be taking a break from Creekside Market Day in August

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New this week – Cabbage

The farmstand is re-stoked with fresh veggies.

Cabbage, broccoli, zucchini & patty pan squash, beets, lettuce and sweet peppers.

Cour di Bue and Red Cabbage 3.00

We have some beautiful bouquets and plenty of eggs.

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Fresh flowers and Produce

In anticipation of the much needed coming rain, we did all of our picking yesterday.

The Farmstand is re-stocked with beets, broccoli, greens mix (kale/chard/collards), the last of the garlic scapes, fresh herbs, plenty of eggs and some flower bouquets to brighten the rainy days ahead.

We also have a few succulent and herb plants available in the stand.

 

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Fresh Beets & Broccoli

We have a fresh picking of beets and Broccoli in the Farmstand this morning. 

Plus – lettuce, baby kale & chard mix, collards, green onions, garlic scapes, eggs & herb plants.

 

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Beets are in the cooler!

Early morning harvesting today to get ahead of the heat.

We now have our Cylindra beets in the Farmstand cooler!

Along with – lettuce, collards, kale/chard mix, garlic scapes, broccoli and eggs.

Flower Bowls $15.00

Mixed herb bowls $10.00 Individual Herb plants – $2.50

We have moved our flower Bowls and  herb plants to the inside of the Farmstand.

 

 

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Garlic Scapes and Green Onions

New this week – Garlic scapes & green onions

Plus – Baby kale & Swiss chard mix, collards

Eggs and mixed lettuce

 

 

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Last Call for Peony Bouquets, Tomato & Pepper plants

The last cutting of peonies is in the Farmstand cooler.

There are just 4 beautiful bouquets!

$10.00 each

We have moved our trailer with the tomato & pepper plants away from the farmstand because the sun and heat was really starting to take a toll on the plants. We have moved a few plants into the Farmstand next to our High Mowing Organic seed display. 

Plants in the Farmstand are $1. each

Seed packets are $2.00

Both will be available in the Farmstand through Sunday

*The flowers, herbs and succulents are still available next to the Farmstand.

There are also a couple of bags of asparagus, bagged greens & eggs in the cooler.

 

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First week of June!

The Farmstand is restocked this morning with seasonal produce, eggs& peony bouquets.

This will be the last of the spring radishes & probably of the asparagus.

We also have organic seeds, Planting bags & organic plants.

Tomato & pepper plants can still be planted and you can plant peppers and our dwarf tomato plants in the 7 gallon planting bags.

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Fresh Bouquets & Flower Bowls

Peony Bouquets
$10

Fresh Peony bouquets are in the Farmstand cooler

Mixed Flower Bowls
$15.

The plant wagons are back out this morning and we’ve added some

Patriotic Mixed Flower bowls. 

Organic vegetable and herb plants are $2.50 each or 10 plants for $20.00

Organic seed packets are $2.00 each

Plenty of eggs in the cooler – Plus bagged collards & radishes

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This week

Here’s what we have available this week in our Farmstand.

Round or French breakfast Radishes $1. per bag

Collard Greens $3.

Spinach (last picking for the season) $3.

Mixed leaf lettuce $3.

Organic eggs from our pastured hens $5.

Plant Wagons are parked near the farmstand

Petunias

Herbs & Succulents

Tomato & Pepper plants

All plants are grown here in our organic greenhouse with organic soil 

Individual plants are $2.50 each or 10 plants for $20.00

Organic Seed $2.

 

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Asparagus & Greens

We have a fresh supply of wonderful asparagus, spinach, lettuce & a baby greens mix. All washed – bagged & in the Farmstand cooler. This will likely be our last picking of spinach for the season – so, get it while you can.

Asparagus $5.00

Spinach

Lettuce

Kale, Chard, Collards Mix 

All bagged greens & lettuce are $3.00 per bag

We also have a good supply of eggs, organic tomato, pepper & herb plants, mixed herb planters and succulents (including aloe).

Our Self-service Farmstand is freshly stocked!

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Eggs are back in the cooler

The wait for eggs is finally over!

 

We currently have our “Nest Run” mix of large eggs for $5.00 per dozen

And – while they last – our medium size eggs for $ per 18 pack

Eggs are available in our Self-service Farmstand cooler. We collect them and re-stock every day. 

Our hens are on “Free Choice” pasture and are supplemented with certified organic feed. That means that they come and go as they please. They usually choose to be in the shade during the heat of the day. When they choose to be outside, you can see them from the Farmstand. However, they are protected from predators with an electric fence. So, we ask that you stay in the immediate area of the Farmstand. Two of our alpacas spend the summer with them for some added protection from flying predators. We have a pretty healthy hawk population and they seem to be deterred by the alpacas.

 

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Perfect Planting Weather

Planting weather is finally here!

Yesterday we put our zucchini, patty pan, lemon squash, pickle cucumbers and some trial melon plants in. We also planted some cucumber seeds & another row of beets. This weather is the “sweet spot” where you can successfully plant both cool and warm season crops. 

We still have a nice selection of transplants AND, they’re on sale. $2.50 each or 10 for $20.00.  Our High Mowing Organics seed is also on sale $2.00 per package.

The plants will be available outside by our self-service Farmstand until they’re gone. 

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“Frost Safe” Plant Sale

We have finally reached the “Frost Safe” date! And, starting today (Friday), all of our vegetable and herb plants are on sale!

All individual plants are $2.50 each

or 10 plants for $20.00

Tomatoes, peppers & Eggplant

Herbs in 4 inch pots

Petunias in 4 inch pots

 

We are also having a sale on the High Mowing Organic seed packages – $2.00 each

*Seeds are in the Farmstand cooler

The plants will be out for sale by our self service Farmstand every day until they’re gone.

 

 

 

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Almost Time!

It’s a frosty morning and we have one more cold night coming tonight. 

The weather after that looks like nice garden planting – warmer temps and some rain to get things growing!

Our organic plants, High Mowing organics seed, potato sets, Organic soil & Grow Bags will all be available today. The plant wagons will be parked near the farmstand & the other items are in our self-serve Farmstand.

Grow bags

And, while you’re here, pick up some spinach & eggs!

Medium size eggs, Fresh cut spinach & Spinach Salad

Our young hens are laying medium size eggs (last week they were small). We have 18 packs in the cooler for $5.00 & washed & bagged spinach for $3.00

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Organic Plants & Seed

Our organic plants will be back out for sale this morning.

We still have a nice selection of tomato and pepper varieties, some nice hanging baskets and succulent planters & lots of herbs.

All of our plants are grown here in our organic greenhouse. They will be out for sale by our farmstand  (weather permitting) until they are gone.

We also have seeds available from High Mowing Organics. 

Now is the perfect time to plant cool season seeds and plants. We still have a couple more cool nights with possible frost. So, we suggest holding off on planting tomatoes and peppers. While the cool temperatures may or may not kill them – it will prevent them from living up to their full potential.

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Mothers Day Rain & Plants

The plants will be out for sale today at around 9 (waiting for the temps to warm).

It sounds like we will have much needed rain all day tomorrow – so today is your best outdoor shopping opportunity for last minute Mothers Day gifts. We have a nice variety in everyone’s price range ($ 3.50 to $25.).

All of our plants were grown in our organic greenhouse (in organic soil) on our farm.

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Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Day is this week and we have gifts in a variety of price ranges.

Mini succulents in hand painted or natural terra cotta $5.00

Succulent planters $15.00

Succulent Planters $15.00

Plants will be out for sale daily (weather permitting). If you’re unsure about the weather, send us a message before coming out. I can also put your selections in the Farmstand for pick-up.

 

Hand made goat milk soap $5.00

Available soaps: lilac, white tea & ginger, pink peony, mango/papaya, wild rose, lily of the valley, lemon, orange/ginger/patchouli, rosemary/lavender/spearmint. Plus – our gardeners soap with ground walnut shells & herbal EO”S and our “insect repellant soap with Neem oil and EO’s.

Lotion Bar $14.00
Lavender or Sweet orange Ylang-Ylang

Creamy Body Butter $14.00
Lavender or lilac

Add our hand made bath & body products or honey by contacting us ahead of coming out. They can also be picked up in the Farmstand.

Send us a PM on our Facebook page or email us  at pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Organic Plants & Gifts

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Creekside market Day yesterday, we were able to condense most of our remaining plants on to 2 wagons!

We still have a nice selection of almost everything  – weather you’re shopping for yourself or looking for Mother’s Day or Teacher Appreciation Gifts.

Weather permitting – the plants will be out for sale every day until they’re gone. 

We have the wagons parked along the lilac bushes to give them some protection from the south wind. We used ALL of our boxes yesterday. So, please bring a box for your plants. 

Choose your plants and pay in our self service Farmstand.

We also have a nice selection of High Mowing Organics seed for sale in the stand (displays are in the cooler), strawberry plants,  potato sets & Organic soil.

Everbearing strawberry plants $3.50

Organic Soil $8.00

Organic Seed $3.00

*The potato sets are weighed out with 1 pound per tray.

The 1 pound trays are $5.00

5 or more pounds of Bintje or Rose Gold are $3.00 per pound. If you would like 5 pounds or more – contact us and we will package them for you. 

If you are looking for our goatmilk soap, body butter, lotion bars or honey, You can contact us to order those items and we can leave your order in the Farmstand.

pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Private message us on our Creekside Natural Farm FB page

 

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Mothers Day & Teacher Appreciation Gifts

We will have lots of Mothers Day & Teacher Appreciation Day gift options at our Creekside Market Day. 

Stop by between 9 and 2 tomorrow (May 1st)

All bath & body products are made here on our farm using sustainable ingredients where possible.

Honey is collected from hives on our organic farm

Plants are raised in our own organic greenhouse

Body Butter $14.00

Lotion Bar $14.00

Goat Milk Soap $5.00

Honeycomb Honey $20.00

2 ounce Honey Bear $3.00

1 pound glass jar Honey $13.00

Mixed Herb Bowl – $19.00 Choose from Italian, Culinary, Cocktail & Tea

Individual Succulent Plants & Aloe Vera plants $3.50 4 inch plastic container

Hanging Baskets $25.00

Hanging baskets $25.00

Flower Bowl $15.00

Succulent Planters Large $25.00 / Medium $20.00

$15.00

$15.00

Mixed Herbs $10.00

Mini Succulents in a either a hand painted or natural terra cotta pot $5.00

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Time to plant the Potatoes

We have our potato bed prepared and have been working on cutting the seed potatoes into chunks for planting. Depending on the size of the set and the number and location of “eyes” sprouting – we get between 2 – 4 chunks from each potato. We like to have 2 eyes on each chunk but if you have a really robust eye, you can get away with 1.  We give them a couple of days after cutting to form a skin on the cut side. That prevents the potato chunks from rotting in the cool spring soil. 

You can expect to get between 6 and 13 pounds of potatoes from 1 pound of sets.

Sets are available in our Farmstand. We also have Grow Bags & organic soil if you don’t have a garden spot for them.

Available varieties are Austrian Crescent, Binjte, Rose Gold & Purple Viking

 

*We have info on growing potatoes under the Garden at Home tab.

 

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Creekside market Day Count-down!

We are in the final week and busy getting plants, soap & honey ready for our first Creekside Market Day of the season.

May 1st from 9 until 2

 

Various Succulents

Organic tomato, pepper & eggplant plants. Growing in biodegradable pots – $3.50 each

Broccoli Plants $2.50

*We also have cabbage and collard plants

Everbearing Strawberry Plants $3.50

 

Premium Hanging baskets ($25.00) and mixed flower bowls ($15.00)

We also have a small selection of flowers in 4 inch containers – $3.50

$13.00                                 $3.00                              $20.00

Raw and Local Honey

Organic Herbs – Mixed containers and individual plants

Certified Potato Sets

 

Organic seeds $3.00

Root Pouch Planting Bag

7 gallon & 15 Gallon

Organic Soil – $8.00

Goat Milk Soap made in January through March is finished curing and ready for cleaning away dirt & germs!

$5.00 each

*We will also have Body Butter and Lotion Bars and a few Gift sets.

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Strawberry Plants

We are selling strawberry plants this year

*Plants will be in the Farmstand starting today until they are sold out.

Mara Des Bois strawberry was developed by a French breeding program. This variety produces small to medium fruit, and contains the highest flavor and fragrance of any everbearer. Berries have an attractive red color with a high gloss.  Planted in the spring, Mara Des Bois will produce fruit during the summer into the fall.  The following spring it also produces a good spring crop.  

APRIL 20th

APRIL 20th

We purchased bare root plants in late winter and planted them in organic soil. They have been growing in our organic greenhouse to give them a good head start for the season.

Strawberries are an easy plant to grow and you will get berries this year with this everbearing variety. You can either plant them in the ground, in a container or even in a hanging basket. I suggest 3 plants for a 10-14 inch container. If you’re planting in the ground, you can plant 12-18 inches apart in a row.

Growing in a 4 inch container for $3.50 each

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Honey

All of our honey options are back in stock & will be available at our first Creekside Market Day of the 2021 season!

May 1st from 9 until 2

1 pound glass jar $13.00

2 ounce Bear $3.00

Comb Honey $20.00

We have raw honey that is produced on our organic farm.

While we can’t control where the bees from our hives choose to forage – 

we do provide them with plenty of great options! 

Our Farm yard is filled with organic vegetables, flowers, flowering trees & flowering cover crops. We also have 20 acres of pollinator habitat, 8 acres of Monarch butterfly habitat and the remainder of our fields are planted in grass and alfalfa. The alfalfa gets a lovely purple flower that the bees love. 

Honey is available for pick-up by appointment

Send us a PM on Facebook

Send us an email to pam@creeksidenatura

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Organic Plant Pre Orders

We will be taking pre-orders for our organic plants again this year.

Please visit our web page or facebook page for a complete list of varieties (with pictures) & prices. When you have your list ready, you can either send us a PM on our Facebook page or email us at pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

All orders can be picked up at our May 1st Creekside market Day or after May 1st in our Farmstand.

*Individual herb, succulent, strawberry & flower plants can be purchased when you come to pick-up your pre-order.

*You can also purchase High Mowing Organic seeds, cool season vegetable plants, organic potato sets, Organic soil & Grow Bags any time.

We have individual plants of Tomatoes & peppers 

Combination planters of herbs in various plant mixes  – Culinary, Tea, Italian & Cocktail

LOTS of succulent planters

Beautiful hanging baskets and flower planters.

 

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