Last summer, the PBS show America’s Heartland stopped by the Heritage Prairie Farm property for a look around and to talk to Nate Sumner, our Operations Manager, about our organic farming methods, microgreens, and all the diverse things we do here!
Happy 2015 to you all!! We have lots to look forward to this year.
Shares are currently available for our 2015 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. We offer Spring shares rich in spring greens; full and half Summer shares with tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, peppers – our longest and most popular season; and Fall shares with cool weather veggies like potatoes, garlic, onions, and spinach. Learn more about signing up for a share by calling our office 630-443-5989 or log on to www.HeritagePrairieFarm.com/csa.htm.
We also have many weddings to look forward to this season, starting in early May! Wedding season is our busy season, and even though it may seem far away now, these “slow” months will go by quick, and sooner than we know it, the first wedding will be on the horizon. Although we are definitely exhausted after our wedding season comes to a close, there is nothing that makes us happier than witnessing the happiest day of a couples’ lives occurring right here on our farm. It brings a special feeling to the air, our wedding season does, and all this winter cold just doesn’t quite have that sweetness. We look forward to spring’s arrival!
We don’t completely shut down or go into hibernation by any means during the winter months, In fact, we are a four-seasons farm, and vegetables are going all year! From our MicroGreens to winter spinach that has more measurable sweetness than an apple, our greenhouses are busy keeping things warm and growing when the temperatures outside plummet. We also have our farm dinner series that starts in February – Valentine’s Day, in fact – for, you guessed it, our Valentine’s Day Farm Dinner. Tickets are available now, as well as the menu to view what Chef will be whipping up, on our website! Farm dinners will resume after that in May, when (hopefully) Mother Nature will give us beautiful weather and guests can eat plein air.
We hope 2015 brings you joy and a wonderful new chapter in your life!
~The Heritage Prairie Farm Team
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Some summertime photos from around the farm. Such beautiful flowers, landscaping, and even the photobomb from a Monarch butterfly!
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.
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Check out this beautiful wedding shot by Soda Fountain Photography last July on the farm. Absolutely wonderful couple and a gorgeous wedding day! Congratulations Lisa & Robby Beard married 7.20.13!
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.