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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Mini Pop-up Market

Mini Pop-up Market on the farm

This Saturday from 9 until 1.

Still need some gifts for co-workers, family members, teachers?

We still have a good selection of hand made bath and body items, Honey and some alpaca products.

They make great gifts (or gift yourself). We are happy to make up gift bags with items of your choosing!

Let us know what you would like and when you would like to pick it up. We will have it ready for you!

Honey gift with Body butter, soap and honey bear. $20.00

Honey gift with Lotion bar, soap and honey bear. $20.0

Salt soak set with honey bear and 2 tea bags. $8.00 Detox or Relax

Honey bear & Beehive/honey soap
$6.00

Lavender/oatmeal soap (2 bars) with scrubby soap bag, Lavender raw sugar scrub & choose either a Lavender Lotion bar or a lavender Creamy Body butter
$33.00

 

Lotion Bar $14.00
Lavender or Sweet orange/Ginger/ Ylang-Ylang

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

Raw sugar scrub $8.00 Lavender

Facial Oil $24.00

Salt soak $4.00
Relax or Detox

Bee Hive soap with honey scent $3.00

Hand made soaps $5.00 Details below

Scrubby Soap bags $2.00 each or Free with purchase of 3 regular soap bars

Raw honey from hives on our farm $13.00

Raw Comb Honey $20.00

Honey Bears $3.00

Yarn and roving from our Suri alpacas

Alpaca socks $13.00-20.00

Choose a Christmas bag or a natural bag. Let us know what you would like in each gift bag and we will have it ready for you!

 

Soap details: The majority of our soap is made with fresh/local goatmilk, shea butter, coconut, olive and castor oil, tallow and honey. We have 1 soap that would be considered vegan. Our Allepo soap – made with olive and laurel berry oil (no milk or honey).

Essential Oil soaps include :

Lavender w/oatmeal

Rosemary/lavender/mint w/green tea

Rosemary/Lavender with sea clay

Sweet Orange/Ginger/Patchouli

Lemongrass/Lemon/Lime

Ylang-Ylang/Bergamot w/ marshmallow root

Soaps made with philate free fragrance include:

Cherry Almond

Autumn Fig w/rose clay

Black Raspberry Vanilla

Almond

Contact us and we will have everything ready for pick-up on the farm!

email: pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Call 815-467-5259 (leave a message if we don’t answer – we still have farm chores and may be outside)

Send us a message on our FB page

You can also use any of the above to ask questions about any of our products.

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Gifts for the alpaca/fiber lovers on your list

We have some wonderful hand knitted items made with yarn from our Suri alpacas.

Hand knit Suri alpaca Cowell $35.00

Hand Knit Suri alpaca head-band & Finger-less Gloves Set $40.00

We also have great gifts for knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners!

Suri alpaca yarn
Parabella, Freedom, Chikillia, Bronson

Our yarn comes in a 200 yard skein got $20.00.

All alpaca fiber comes from our small group of Suri alpacas. We send our fiber to small local mills for processing.

Core spun yarn Suri alpaca on cotton core $1.00 per yard

Our combed top roving is 100% Suri fiber from our finest fiber girl – Parabella. It’s unbelievably soft and spins into a wonderful yarn.

Combed top Suri alpaca from Parabella $5.00 per ounce

Contact us with any questions or to make arrangements for purchase & pick-up.

email: pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

call: 815-467-5259

Send us a message on our FB page

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Creekside Gifts (For others or yourself!)

We still have a good selection of hand made bath and body items, Honey and some alpaca products.

They make great gifts (or gift yourself). We are happy to make up gift bags with items of your choosing! Let us know what you would like and when you would like to pick it up. We will have it ready for you!

Here are a couple more Gift Set options:

Lavender/oatmeal goat milk soap, Lavender raw sugar scrub & soap bag $28.00

You can also add a lotion bar stick or Creamy body butter for $14.00 each

Honey bear and beehive/honey soap $6.00

Switch out the Honey bear for a 1 pound jar of our raw honey for a $16.00 set

Honey gift with Body butter, soap and honey bear. $20.00

Honey gift with Lotion bar, soap and honey bear. $20.0

Salt soak set with honey bear and 2 tea bags. $8.00 Detox or Relax

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

Raw sugar scrub $8.00 Lavender

Facial Oil $24.00

Salt soak $4.00
Relax or Detox

Bee Hive soap with honey scent $3.00

Hand made soaps $5.00 Details below

Scrubby Soap bags $2.00 each or Free with purchase of 3 regular soap bars

Raw honey from hives on our farm $13.00

Raw Comb Honey $20.00

Honey Bears $3.00

Yarn and roving from our Suri alpacas

Alpaca socks $13.00-20.00

Gift Bags

Soap details: The majority of our soap is made with fresh/local goatmilk, shea butter, coconut, olive and castor oil, tallow and honey. We have 1 soap that would be considered vegan. Our Allepo soap – made with olive and laurel berry oil (no milk or honey).

Essential Oil soaps include :

Lavender w/oatmeal

Rosemary/lavender/mint w/green tea

Rosemary/Lavender with sea clay

Sweet Orange/Ginger/Patchouli

Lemongrass/Lemon/Lime

Ylang-Ylang/Bergamot w/ marshmallow root

Soaps made with philate free fragrance include:

Cherry Almond

Autumn Fig w/rose clay

Black Raspberry Vanilla

Almond

Contact us and we will have everything ready for pick-up on the farm!

email: pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Call 815-467-5259 (leave a message if we don’t answer – we still have farm chores and may be outside)

Send us a message on our FB page

You can also use any of the above to ask questions about any of our products.

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Creekside Gift Options

We still have a good selection of hand made bath and body items, Honey and some alpaca products.

They make great gifts (or gift yourself). We are happy to make up gift bags with items of your choosing! Let us know what you would like and when you would like to pick it up. We will have it ready for you!

Honey gift with Body butter, soap and honey bear. $20.00

Honey gift with Lotion bar, soap and honey bear. $20.0

Salt soak set with honey bear and 2 tea bags. $8.00 Detox or Relax

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

Raw sugar scrub $8.00 Lavender

Facial Oil $24.00

Salt soak $4.00
Relax or Detox

Bee Hive soap with honey scent $3.00

Hand made soaps $5.00 Details below

Scrubby Soap bags $2.00 each or Free with purchase of 3 regular soap bars

Raw honey from hives on our farm $13.00

Raw Comb Honey $20.00

Honey Bears $3.00

Yarn and roving from our Suri alpacas

Alpaca socks $13.00-20.00

Gift Bags

Soap details: The majority of our soap is made with fresh/local goatmilk, shea butter, coconut, olive and castor oil, tallow and honey. We have 1 soap that would be considered vegan. Our Allepo soap – made with olive and laurel berry oil (no milk or honey).

Essential Oil soaps include :

Lavender w/oatmeal

Rosemary/lavender/mint w/green tea

Rosemary/Lavender with sea clay

Sweet Orange/Ginger/Patchouli

Lemongrass/Lemon/Lime

Ylang-Ylang/Bergamot w/ marshmallow root

Soaps made with philate free fragrance include:

Cherry Almond

Autumn Fig w/rose clay

Black Raspberry Vanilla

Almond

Contact us and we will have everything ready for pick-up on the farm!

email: pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

Call 815-467-5259 (leave a message if we don’t answer – we still have farm chores and may be outside)

Send us a message on our FB page

You can also use any of the above to ask questions about any of our products.

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Creekside Holiday Market is Tomorrow!

Come out and see us tomorrow between 9 and 2.

We will be set up in the garage with hot cocoa & coffee and lots of great products!We will have some favorites from last year and a couple of new bath and body products.

Sugar Scrub

A few gift sets already made up

Or you can choose your own products and make a custom gift. We even have some cute Christmas gift bags & lots of hand made goat milk soap.Honey from our hives – including comb honey

 

Evergreen arrangements & Scented fire starters

Suri alpaca yarn & roving from our small herd of alpacas. And super soft and warm alpaca socks!

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Creekside Holiday Market – 2 More Days!

Creekside Holiday Market

Saturday November 30th 

9 am until 2 pm

Today’s featured product is our Facial Oil

It is a blend of high quality oils :

Rosehip seed oil, Jojoba oil, Evening Primrose oil, Pomegranate seed oil, Meadowfoam seed oil & Vitamin E oil.

All chosen for their amazing skin benefits.

A little goes a long way!

$24.00 per bottle

 

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Creekside Holiday Market

Creekside Holiday Market

Saturday November 30th 

9 am until 2 pm

We have 2 Lotion Bar formulas this year.

Both start with shea butter, coconut, pumpkin seed & Vit E oils plus beeswax from our hives. 100% skin loving butters and oils! We use a twist up tube to make it easy to use and store. $14.00 for a 2 ounce tube.

Formula 1 also contains mango butter and macadamia nut oil with sweet orange/ginger & ylang-ylang EO’s

Formula 2 also contains cocoa butter with lavender EO

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Creekside Holiday Market

Creekside Holiday Market

Saturday November 30th 

9 am until 2 pm

Creamy Body Butter

This year we will offer 3 formulas! All 3 are lovely, creamy and filled with skin loving oils and butters! A 4 ounce jar is $14.00

Both formulas contain jojoba and pumpkin seed oil. 

Formula 1 also has macadamia nut oil and mango butter with

sweet orange/ginger/ylang-ylang EO’s

Formula 2 has apricot kernel oil & cocoa butter with lavender EO

Formula 3 has apricot kernel oil & shea butter with Raw honeycomb FO and Lemon EO

Here is why we have added pumpkin seed oil to our body butter and lotion bar sticks this year.

What are the skin benefits of pumpkin seed oil?

Pumpkin seed oil is rich in vitamin E, zinc, omega 3- and 6- fatty acids as well as antioxidants, therefore it has tremendous benefits for the skin in terms of retaining moisture, fighting free radicals and maintaining a youthful appearance. The high amounts of zinc and vitamin E also improve skin tone, help wounds heal more rapidly, fight acne and help with skin renewal. Lastly, many of the minerals and vitamins have anti-aging effects as well.

 
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Creekside Holiday Market

We are 1 week away from our Creekside Holiday Market and busy working on products.

Today’s project is Salt Soak. We will have 2 options – both in a 8 ounce size for $4.00

Both versions have a base of Dead Sea salt, Epsom salt, and baking soda.

Relax Salt Soak also has chamomile powder and lavender essential oil

Detox Salt Soak has rhassoul clay and a mix of lemongrass, rosemary and ginger EO’s

 

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Creekside Market Day – Holiday Edition

Our Holiday Creekside Market Day will be held on our farm on November 30th from 9am until 2pm

We have been busy making our goat milk soap so it could have it’s “curing time” and be ready for our Creekside Market Day. Now we can concentrate on some of the other products we have planned. We will be bringing back some popular items from last year – Lotion bar sticks, Creamy Body Lotion, Facial oil and salt soak. And, we are planning some new products – Sugar scrub and a clay mask with some awesome botanicals.

Our 2019 honey harvest will be available in a 1 pound jar or in a small honey bear.

These adorable Beehive soaps will be available as part of a Gift Set.

We will also have a few surprises!

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Egg Update

Our hens are still laying eggs but it is too cold to leave them in the Farmstand cooler. So, Please contact us ahead of coming out if you would like to pick up a couple dozen.

Message us on FB

call 815-467-5259

email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

We still have eggs in the Farmstand cooler  – probably for just a few more days. With the shorter days and colder weather, we will soon be only selling from the house by appointment. 

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Winter pasture time

The 3.2 inches of rain yesterday put an end to pasture time for the season but the alpacas are enjoying their new hay feeder.

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Next Year’s Garlic

Next Year’s Garlic is ready to go in the ground!

We have a few new varieties to go along with our old favorites

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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

Message on our FB page

 

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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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