Spring has finally arrived here on the farm, and we are so grateful! We have been working hard to get the fields back in shape, readying our beds for planting, and moving greenhouses to expose veggies we’ve already planted like kale, kohlrabi, boc choi, and radishes. It’s been such a long, harsh winter that we have our work cut out for our new beekeeper, Mark, getting the beehives back in shape and ready for new bees, but we are very excited to have his expertise on our team, and look forward to our healthy honeybees. The warm weather is coming just in time for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th. Free to the public, we will have the Farm Store open as well as our Farmers’ Market vendors on site from 9am-1pm, so get here early to shop all the great products. We will have an area for children 5 and under, and a separate area for children 6 and up for the egg hunt. There will also be baby chicks on display near our donkey, Christaphine, and goat, Dave in the goat pen behind the store for the kids!We are excited to start our wedding and event season for 2014! We have our first Farm Dinner of the season coming up on Thursday, May 15th – our Mother’s Day Dinner, followed in June by our yearly PIg Roast. We also have our weekly Wood Fired Pizza Nights on Wednesday evenings this year from 5-8pm, so mark your calendars to make it out to the farm for our dinners! We also get the joy of hosting several wedding celebrations on the farm every season, May through October, and this year we have more than ever! When the founders of Heritage Prairie Farm started hosting weddings on the farm in 2008, they wanted it to be a place of warmth and joy for the couple and their guests; to be surrounded and nurtured by mother nature as they start their new life together.
We will also have our extended store hours starting for our Farm Store on May 3rd on. The store will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays 9am-6pm. We’ll be stocked with fresh veggies from the fields, free-range eggs, fruits as they become available, local goods, our raw and infused honey, and other local products. The direct number to the Farm Store is 630.443.8253 if you want to call ahead to see what is in stock! And, as always, the best way to keep up on the goings on around the farm is to check back to the webpage often!
We can’t wait to see you at the farm this season! – HPF team
Last month Mary was out at the farm teaching a bunch of us (non-celiac sufferers) on how-to bake using gluten-free baking mix. We made an AMAZING cinnamon apple cake that included lots of brown sugar, chocolate chips and/or raisins! We each left with a cake, and tons of baking mix to make pancakes or waffles at home, and the basic mix for making biscuits or to build our pancake mix again. Here we all our with our baked cakes, trying to resist the urge to dig in!Mary will be out again twice this March for one baking and one cooking class! The first will be just in time for St. Patty’s day, an Irish Soda Bread baking class, on Monday, March 10th in the farmhouse from 6:30-8:30pm. The second class will focus on cooking with spices of all kinds that will take place on Wednesday, March 26th 6:30-8:30pm. All the information and tickets can be purchased on Mary’s website at maryswholesomeliving.com. Find a quick link to her calendar here.
We love watching this video from Liz & Skyler’s wedding this past summer on the farm, produced by Isle Media (brought in all the way from Hawai’i!). What a magnificent job they did, too. Such a sweet wedding with pinwheel accents throughout the farm and handmade chalkboard signs by the Bride & Groom.
We would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! It is officially upon us – the shopping frenzy has commenced, the cold weather has blown in, and travel plans are being made – but we hope you can take moments for yourself and enjoy the wondrous spirit that this time of year brings. Bring out that inner child and bring back the wonder of the season, even if we don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore, envelope yourself in that mysterious magic of Christmas, Hanukkah, or whatever celebration this
season brings you.
We hope you take time out of your Saturday mornings this month to come see us at the farm for our Farmers’ Market and the Farm Store, both open Saturdays 9am-1pm. The Farm Store will have plenty of one-of-a-kind gifts for friends and family, like our raw or raw infused honey in several sized and flavors, coming right from the super healthy beehives on our farm (great for seasonal allergy suffers, tea drinkers, or honey enthusiasts!). We also have a wide array of books on topics from gardening to beekeeping, coffee beans, and of course, farming, perfect for the book lover. We have seed packets, even a seeds targeting the wine drinker – grow plants and herbs that will enhance recipes to go with certain red and white wines! Even hand thrown pottery and natural lip balms and bee products for stocking stuffer ideas.
Our Farmers’ Market vendors offer the best and freshest local meats, eggs, bakery-fresh breads, organic goods and holistic services in the area. We welcome to the farm each week: Burgin Farms, Monika’s Organic Bakery, NYR Organics, Vital Chiropractic, doTERRA Essential Oils, and Mindful Plus Meditation. Please take some time for yourself during this bustling time of the year, and enjoy some country time with the family and pick up some wholesome goods, products, and a warm honey latté
We look forward to having you on the farm. Happy holiday season from the Heritage Prairie Farm family to your family.
One of our newest vendors at the Farmers’ Market, Orchard House Doughnuts, make their doughnuts FRESH on site, and sell in individuals, 1/2 or full dozens! They are located our farm store, right when you walk in – can’t miss ‘em. The delicious flavors they offered last week, and will probably have every week, were the original cake doughnut, cinnamon sugar coated, apple cider with cinnamon sugar (ordered a 1/2 dozen of these myself!!), glazed, chocolate frosted plain or with sprinkles, and vanilla frosted with oreo crumble! You can’t get any fresher that this! And – bonus – being right in the store, you can order a latté or coffee to go with it from the store counter!
You shouldn’t miss our other great vendors in our heated greenhouse just next to the barn – Burgin Farms, Monika’s Organic Bakery, Mindful Plus, doTERRA Essential Oils, and more!
The Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from 9am-1pm at Heritage Prairie Farm – 2N308 Brundige Rd., Elburn, IL.
UPDATE on our Farm Store hours:
During the winter months, our Farm Store will only be open on Saturdays during our Indoor Farmers’ Market from 9am-1pm. We will have several vendors in our heated greenhouse and barn offering their homemade and sustainable products. Please make note of the change in hours and mark your calendars to join us on Saturdays!
Heritage Prairie Farm was honored to be a part of the Daily Herald’s Cook of the Week Challenge this year! We had not one, but TWO, ingredients used throughout the challenges, and one of our team members was a guest judge for Round #2, when our Bron’s Bees Raw Honey was an ingredient. Our MicroGreens were used as a secret ingredient in the Challenge Finalé, revealed that night to the final 4 contestants, to be incorporated into their final dish! We had so much fun attending the finalé, spreading the word about Heritage Prairie Farm to new customers, selling our raw & infused Bron’s Bees Honey and sampling our MicroGreens to event attendees. The finalé had the electricity of a live “Top Chef” type event, as the four finalists had one hour to cook and plate their final dish after the rules and ingredients were read off, while professional chefs did cooking demonstrations on the main stage. Guests walked around the perimeter of the room to peruse the sponsors and taste their delicious samplings, as they watched the demos and updates on the finalists from the big screens. The event drew over 500 attendees, which gave the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg a great buzz!
Fall CSA will begin pick up on Saturday November 2nd and continue every Saturday through November as long as mother nature allows! Pick up will take place at the Farm Store on property. Their phone # in 630-443-8253 if you have any questions. A complimentary Heritage Prairie Farm fabric bag will be provided at your first pick up for your veggies – remember to bring it every week to reduce waste! We look forward to seeing you.