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

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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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Hand made Soap

Goatsmilk, oatmeal and honey soap with lavender, ylang ylang and dark patchouli

Yesterday I was re organizing my soap and noticed a couple of the lavender bars didn’t have much scent. After testing (by washing my hands with one of the lightly scented bars) I discovered that the scent comes back to full strength.  I actually could smell the lavender as I walked past the bathroom! I have found this to be the case with many of the essential oils in soap. You will get a stronger scent on the cured soap with fragrance oils, but I prefer to use EO’s whenever possible.

All of our soaps are $5.00 per bar

They are not stocked in the farmstand but are available on our Creekside Market Day or by contacting us ahead of coming out to the farm.

Next Creekside Market Day is July 13th

 

 

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Raining – Again

The good news is that Renee and I got some seeds in before the rain. Including some we didn’t plan to plant – LOL That’s what happens when the person handing out the seeds doesn’t read the package. The result was more sweet corn planted and it just happened to be my favorite variety. Hopefully, the rain will soften the concrete like lumps.

We also picked some strawberries and there is broccoli and plenty of eggs in the cooler.

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June Creekside Market Day

We are 1 week away from our June Creekside Market Day!

Saturday – June 8th from 9 am until 2 pm

Raw honey from hives on our farm

We will have plenty of eggs from our pasture raised and organic fed hens, seasonal

produce (right now looks like lettuce mix and broccoli), raw honey from hives on our farm, hand-made soap made with goat milk from Staudacher Farm in Yorkville, stone ground Turkey Red flour and cornmeal (raised here with organic methods) and alpaca fiber items from our Suri alpacas (yarn, roving and nesting ball kits)

We will be available in the stand from 9 till 2

The stand will continue to be open after 2 and will be stocked with our regular items (produce and eggs).

 

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In Remembrance of all those who served

The never ending rain gave us a chance to get our flag pole down, the rope replaced and our flag up. One goal accomplished!

 

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Organic Plant Sale

We still have a nice selection of organic vegetable and herb plants available – including Sungold cherry tomatoes and several container tomato varieties. We have moved everything out of the stand and on to the wagon so they can get some sun. The wagon will be parked next to the stand (unless there’s a storm coming).  The succulent plants are still in the stand and are $4.00 each.

All plants are now $2.00 each until they’re gone

We also have plenty of eggs from our pasture raised hens (also organic) in the farmstand cooler !

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Pollinator Study

2018 Chicago Area Pollinators Report[6017]

Last year we were included in a pollinator study and the U of I student who collected data here shared the report with us. She also asked if they could continue to collect data here this year!

Click on the link to read the report

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Organic Plants, soil and Eggs

The storms are forcing us to move our tomato plants back inside on an almost daily basis. So, if you plan to come out for tomato plants and we have storms in the forecast, contact us ahead of coming out. If you know what varieties you want, we can put those in the farmstand for you. There is a complete list of varieties at the end of this post.

All of the peppers, eggplant and herb plants are still in the stand along with some succulent plants, pansies, asparagus and LOTS of eggs!

Sweet Lunchbok pepper plants

All of our transplants are grown in our organic soil in our organic greenhouse. Almost all of our plants are heirloom varieties. That means they will have a fabulous flavor! We do grow a few non-heirlooms (Sungold cherry tomatoes and our bell peppers). We are also growing several varieties of “container” tomatoes this year.  Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and some of the herbs are grown in biodegradable fiber pots.

We have bags of the same organic potting soil that we use available for sale in the stand. $8.00 per bag

Here is a list of what we will have available for sale:

Peppers

Lunchbox,  Round of Hungary,  Jimmy Nardello, Sweet Sunrise and Islander

These are all sweet peppers. Our hot peppers had to be re planted due to their need for warmth and our super sold winter. We may have a few ready for sale by the end of May.

 

Eggplant

Rosita, Ping Tung, Little Fingers, Diamond, Pandora Striped and Prosperosa

Herbs

Sweet basil, lemon basil, lime basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, chives, 

lemon thyme and rosemary 

Tomatoes

Cherry and salad type

Sungold, Black Cherry, Pink Bumblebee, Sunrise Bumblebee,Sweetie, Golden Current, Tommy Toe, Piglet Willie,  Mountain Magic, Sweet Cherriette

Roma/paste type

 Comstock

Slicing/beefsteak type

Mortgage Lifter, Manyel yellow, Nepal,Arkansas Traveler, Barns Mountain Yellow, Woodle Orange, German Pink, Moskovich, Marglobe, Blue beauty, True black brandywine, Big Rainbow, Gold medal, Copia, Manzana, Carbon, Raspberry Lyanna

Container type

Gendula, Cyril’s Choice, Amber, Urlansiky

Varieties in red are all good for container growing

 

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Organic Plants & Eggs

Sweet Lunchbok pepper plants

Getting ready to bring the tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and basil back outside for what I hope will be their last night “under cover”. We have plenty of beautiful organic plants and the weather forecast is calling for warmer temps – FINALLY!

We also have plenty of herb plants, broccoli, cauliflower & cabbage plants, potato sets and organic potting soil.

And – lots of eggs from our organic & pastured hens

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Local and Grass Fed & Finished

We have a fresh batch or flyers from our friends who raise beef and lamb. We have visited their farm many times and are pleased with their methods. Their animals live on pasture and are never fed grain. They have chosen specific breeds based on that breeds ability to grow well on pasture and produce flavorful meat.

If you’re looking for beef or lamb, pick up a flyer when you’re in our stand

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Creekside Market Day – Tomorrow from 9 until 2

Here is a list of plants we will have available for sale:

Peppers

Lunchbox, Sweet Chocolate, Round of Hungary, Cubanelle, Jimmy Nardello, Shishito, Sweet Sunrise and Islander

These are all sweet peppers. Our hot peppers had to be re planted due to their need for warmth and our super sold winter. We may have a few ready for sale by the end of May.

 

Eggplant

Rosita, Ping Tung, Little Fingers, Diamond, Pandora Striped and Prosperosa

Herbs

Sweet basil, lemon basil, lime basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, chives, 

lemon thyme and rosemary 

Tomatoes

Cherry and salad type

Sungold, Black Cherry, Pink Bumblebee, Sunrise Bumblebee,Sweetie, Golden Current, Tommy Toe, Piglet Willie,  Mountain Magic, Sweet Cherriette

Roma/paste type

San Marzano, Comstock

Slicing/beefsteak type

Mortgage Lifter, Manyel yellow, Nepal,Arkansas Traveler, Barns Mountain Yellow, Woodle Orange, German Pink, Moskovich, Marglobe, Blue beauty, True black brandywine, Big Rainbow, Gold medal, Copia, Manzana, Carbon, Raspberry Lyanna

Container type

Gundula, Cyril’s Choice, Amber, Uralskiy

*Varieties in red are all suitable for container growing

We will also have plenty of organic eggs from our pasture raised hens

Handmade soap made with goatsmilk from  Staudacher Farm in Yorkville

Honey from beehives on our farm

Succulent plants

Yarn and fiber from our Suri alpacas

Organic potting soil 

 

 

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Organic transplants and mini lilac bouquets!

We’ve seen our first hummingbird, the barn swallows are back and the lilacs are blooming!

So, were calling spring officially here and bringing our warm season plants out of the greenhouse 

Starting today, we will add tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, a variety of herbs to the cool season plants (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potato sets and pansies) that we have for sale.

All of our transplants are grown in our organic soil in our organic greenhouse. Almost all of our plants are heirloom varieties. That means they will have a fabulous flavor! We do grow a few non-heirlooms (Sungold cherry tomatoes and our bell peppers). We are also growing several varieties of “container” tomatoes this year.  Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and some of the herbs are grown in biodegradable fiber pots.

You can find a list of varieties at creeksidenaturalfarm.com

We have bags of the same organic potting soil that we use available for sale in the stand. $8.00 per bag

We are also cutting some lilacs and will have some bouquets available in the stand today.

We will be moving the warm season plants inside at night and probably on Wednesday when we have another 2 inches of rain in the forecast.

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Pet/gardeners Soap Bar

Pet/ Gardeners neem soap bar

We’ve made our pet/gardener shampoo more user friendly with a muslin bag. It helps to prevent the bar from slipping from your hands and also serves as a scrubbie. $5.50 per bar

The smooth bar will be available without the muslin bag for $5.00

This soap makes a great lather thanks to the goats milk, honey and Greek yogurt.

The other ingredients are, coconut oil, tallow, shea butter, sweet almond, olive and castor oils, neem seed oil and marshmallow powder with a fresh mix of EO’s that are loved by us but not by insects – rosemary, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass and lavander. The neem oil is also an insect repellent.

All of our soaps will be available at our Creekside Market Day.

May 11th from 9am to 2 pm

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Creekside Market Day – May 11th

We are 2 weeks away from our first Creekside Market Day for 2019! 

9-2 on Saturday May the 11th

Even with all of the cool weather transplants out, our greenhouse is full. Our smaller peppers will keep their covers on through the weekend and HOPEFULLY – this will be the last few days of running the greenhouse heaters!

We will have a selection of our favorite veggie transplant plus a few container friendly varieties.

One of our “container” tomatoes in front of a standard tomato plant

Eggplant

Sweet Lunchbox pepper plants

 We hope to start selling our warm weather plants next weekend – if the weather cooperates. We use organic soil and no chemical fertilizers or sprays in our greenhouse. The plants that we start from seed are growing in Fertilpots – less plastic in our lives and less work to transplant! There are a couple of herbs and our succulents that are growing in plastic pots. The Fertilpots won’t hold up for the extended time these slower growing plants need in the greenhouse.

Here is a list of what we will have available for sale:

Peppers

Lunchbox, Sweet Chocolate, Round of Hungary, Cubanelle, Jimmy Nardello, Sweet Sunrise and Islander

These are all sweet peppers. Our hot peppers had to be re planted due to their need for warmth and our super sold winter. We may have a few ready for sale by the end of May.

 

Eggplant

Rosita, Ping Tung, Little Fingers, Diamond, Pandora Striped and Prosperosa

Herbs

Sweet basil, lemon basil, lime basil, dill, parsley, cilantro, chives, 

lemon thyme and rosemary 

Tomatoes

Cherry and salad type

Sungold, Black Cherry, Pink Bumblebee, Sunrise Bumblebee,Sweetie, Golden Current, Tommy Toe, Piglet Willie,  Mountain Magic, Sweet Cherriette

Roma/paste type

San Marzano, Comstock

Slicing/beefsteak type

Mortgage Lifter, Manyel yellow, Nepal,Arkansas Traveler, Barns Mountain Yellow, Woodle Orange, German Pink, Moskovich, Marglobe, Blue beauty, True black brandywine, Big Rainbow, Gold medal, Copia, Manzana, Carbon, Raspberry Lyanna

Container type

Gendula, Cyril’s Choice, Amber, Urlansiky

Our cool weather transplants are available now in the farmstand and include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and pansies

 

 

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Potato Sets

We are offering potato sets for sale this year!

Potatoes are a fun project for kids and are easy to grow in a large container.

We have chosen a few of our favorite varieties and one new one. 

Viking Red potato sets

Sets of the following varieties will be available in our farm stand in a pint container for $5.00

Masquerade

La Ratte

Desiree

Carola

Viking Red

 

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day !

We follow Earth friendly practices every day at Creekside Natural Farm.

We grow some of our own grain and all of our own hay for animal feed – we give our hens a beautiful pasture filled with a variety of plants – we collect rain water from the roof of our building for watering plants. And, we don’t use chemicals on anything we grow!

All of our plants are grown in our own greenhouse using organic potting mix. We also use biodegradable pots for most of our transplants. 

We will have this organic potting soil available for purchase starting today! 

1 cu ft bag for $8.00

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