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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Pansy’s, pussy willow and eggs

Our farmstand is open and stocked with plenty of eggs.

Pansy bowls (12.00) and pansy 4 pks (2.00) pussy willow bunches are 2.00

Raw honey from hives on our farm

A 1 pound jar is 13.00

Please contact us ahead of coming out for honey

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May Creekside market Day

We are 4 weeks away from our first Creekside Market Day for 2019! 

9-2 on Saturday May the 11th

Our young hens are starting to lay larger and more eggs

Our beekeeper has replenished our honey

Raw honey from hives on our farm

Our soap is curing

Our plants are busy growing in the greenhouse

We have freshly ground Turkey Red wheat

And, we will have alpaca “beans” ready for your garden

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What can I plant NOW?!

A warm day or 2 always make us anxious to get something planted. So, what can we plant when it’s still too cold for tomatoes, beans and other warmth loving plants?

Some of the things we planted last week are lettuce, spinach, kale and sugar snap peas. In the next week, we will plant beets and start putting out transplants of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower. We will have those cool season transplants available in our stand next week. 

black seeded Simpson lettuce

We start planting tomatoes, eggplant and peppers AFTER Mothers DAY – and sometimes later if it falls early in the month or the weather forecast is still cold. I know it’s tempting to plant earlier, but these plants will be not grow to their full potential if the temps overnight are below 50 degrees. We will have a nice variety of organic heirloom tomatoes, eggplant and peppers available at the appropriate planting time. 

Now is a great time to get your garden ready for the warm weather ahead. We have alpaca “beans” available to improve your soil. I can put them in our farmstand for you on request. We have cat litter buckets full for $6.00.

Call 815-467-5259

email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Eggs are in season!

Our winter flock is still producing well and out young hens are winding up. So, we have plenty of eggs. We are getting small/medium eggs from the young hens and have those in 18 pack cartons for $5.00.

18 pack of medium/small eggs $5.00

The regular size eggs are $5.00 per dozen.

Eggs are in the cooler in the farm stand. 

Our hens have free access to pasture and are fed a diet of certified organic ground feed and whole grains (wheat and oats) that we raised on our farm.

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Getting ready for spring!

We are starting the seasonal wind up with lots of life on the farm and one departure.

We will have a larger selection of organic plants this year. In addition the the heirloom tomatoes, we will also have eggplant, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, herbs, pansies and potatoes! 

Lemon thyme, rosemary and succulents

Cilantro

Lime, lemon and sweet basil

Broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage enjoying the cooler temperature under the benches

Tomatoes, eggplant and peppers enjoying the warmth on the greenhouse benches

2 big boxes of seed potatoes

 

Sourdough starter made with our Turkey Red whole wheat flour

Our antique combine loaded up and moving on to a new home where it will be living the “retirement” life.

Our farm stand is open and stocked with eggs. We also have bunches of pussy willow branches.

If you’re looking for our honey, you can contact us ahead of coming out.

email pam@creeksidenaturalfarm

call 815-467-5259

send us a message on our FB page

 

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Eggs are in the stand!

No sign of any more deep freezes in the forecast. So, we cleaned the cooler, plugged it in and stocked it with eggs! 

We have our regular eggs which are a mix of sizes ranging from jumbo to medium.

We will also be selling eggs from our young hens as they start to lay. They will be packaged according to size (small or medium) and priced accordingly. ($3.00 and $4.00).

Our hens have free access to pasture where they can eat vegetation, scratch in the dirt and enjoy the sunshine. In addition to what they pick up on their own, we provide them with a certified organic ground feed from Yorktown Organics in Tampico Illinois, oats and wheat that we grow on our farm using organic methods and lots of vegetable scraps. 

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Turkey Red Wheat

Some of the steps in “making” whole wheat flour

Un-cleaned wheat going into the screens, Clean wheat comes out the bottom, Cleaned wheat stone ground into whole wheat flour

We have cleaned wheat berries and freshly ground flour available. Wheat berries are in a 1 quart container for $3.00 and flour is $5.00 for a 3 pound bag

As the name suggests, ‘Turkey’ Hard Red Winter Wheat is a tall, winter hardy cultivar, grown in the Great Plains. This wheat variety has a unique, rich, and complex flavor and excellent baking qualities. 

This particular variety can be traced to Crimea between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov in the early 19th century and earlier to Turkey to the south of the Black Sea. Mennonite immigrants brought it to the United States in the early 1870s, introducing it to the areas surrounding Marian, Reno and Harvey Counties in Kansas. It became the dominant hard red winter wheat in Kansas and much of the Great Plains bread basket and was the major hard winter variety in the 1920s. Significant acreage was planted in Kansas until the mid-1940s when it was replaced with modern higher-yielding cultivars.

The wheat has excellent flavor, good protein quantity and quality.

Please contact us ahead of coming out

pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

815-467-5259

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Baby Plants

Waiting in line to have the “babies” boxed up

  • Yesterday Renee and I bought baby plants of some things that don’t start well from seed. In addition to the succulents, we got some lemon thyme and rosemary (plus a few flowers because we couldn’t resist). Brought them all home and potted them up in organic soil. 
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Honey, Cornmeal & Eggs

Honey, cornmeal, eggs, ect… are available in the winter by appointment only so Please contact us ahead of coming out (info below). This ever changing weather can sometimes lead to very slippery conditions – especially in the country.

Our honey is pure 100% honey from hives on our farm. Our bees have 76 acres of  “crops” to forage from. That includes more than 20 acres of pollinator habitat, several acres of vegetables, 30 acres of hay and pasture and our dandelion and clover filled yard. We farm using organic practices (no GMO’s). While we can’t control where our bees forage, we really can’t see any reason for them to leave this bee friendly paradise!

Raw honey from hives on our farm

Raw honey is $13.00 per 1 pound jar

Comb honey is $20.00 per container

We have Floriani Red Flint corn  – grown here with organic practices – stone ground on our farm to a coarse grind. Floriani is a hard corn that was developed in Italy for polenta or grits. We have a delicious polenta recipe on our site.

We also have heirloom yellow cornmeal that is a great baking cornmeal.

Cornmeal is $5.00 per bag

Wheat berries can be used like ferro – cooked whole ( we have a recipe on our site). They can also be ground into flour.

Wheat Berries are $3.00 per container

We kept a very small winter flock this year but they are working overtime. So, we have a limited amount of eggs available. Our hens eat a combination of certified organic ground feed and some whole grains (wheat and oats) that we grow on our farm using organic methods. They also get vegetable scraps – sourdough starter – pumpkins from last years garden – and anything they can find in the pasture.

Eggs are nest run and $5.00 per dz

Please contact us ahead of coming out

815-467-5259

pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Monarch Habitat planting day

Today is a perfect day to plant 8 acres of seed for our Monarch butterfly habitat. Can’t wait until it’s all gro

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Comb Honey

Comb honey is sections of the hexagonal-shaped beeswax cells of the honeycomb that contain raw honey that have been cut from the wooden frames of a beehive.
It is the rawest honey available and contains all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, and aromatics that the honey had in the hive.

Comb honey is more expensive than raw liquid bottled honey. Bottled honey is extracted from the beeswax comb and the comb is able to be used again. Since the comb is completely removed to produce comb honey, the bees and beekeeper must work harder to produce it.

We have a very limited amount of comb honey available.

1 pound container is $20.00

Please contact us ahead of coming out.

815 467 5259

Pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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Honey

The polar vortex seems to be over, the driveway has been cleared and our bee keeper has brought us over some freshly bottled honey!

Honey is available in the winter by appointment only so Please contact us ahead of coming out (info below). This ever changing weather can sometimes lead to very slippery conditions – especially in the country.

Our honey is pure 100% honey from hives on our farm. Our bees have 76 acres of  “crops” to forage from. That includes more than 20 acres of pollinator habitat, several acres of vegetables, 30 acres of hay and pasture and our dandelion and clover filled yard. We farm using organic practices (no GMO’s). While we can’t control where our bees forage, we really can’t see any reason for them to leave this bee friendly paradise!

 

We sell it in a 1 pound jar for $13.00

Raw honey from hives on our farm

Please contact us ahead of coming out

815-467-5259

pam@creeksidenaturalfarm.com

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We also have heirloom stone ground cornmeal  – $5.00 for a 3 pound bag

and a limited amount of eggs – $5.00 per dz

 

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