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Local Farmers Host Open House

Aug 25, 2016 03:20PM

The annual Farm Stroll and Market, a self-guided tour of 12 McHenry County family farms hosted by the nonprofit McHenry County Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 25. There is no beginning or end of the tour; just choose which farms to visit. The stroll is free and individual farmers will be selling products and produce for cash. Restrooms are available at select farms and some will conduct tours and demonstrations.

      These are working farms; for safety, follow each farmer’s instructions, be respectful of the animals, control small children at all times, wash hands after exposure to livestock, wear sturdy shoes and don’t bring pets. Apple orchards, vegetables, cows, goats, chickens, turkeys, horses, alpacas, grapes, sustainable agriculture, hydroponics and more will be featured.

      Participants include Patyk’s Farm, Von Bergen’s Market, Harvard Eggs & Feed, Cashmore’s Produce Ponics, Cripple Creek Ranch, ALsPACAs, RowSchell Ridge, Cody’s Farm and Orchard, Cherry Lane, Prairie Sky Orchard, Marwood-Ridge Dairy and Loyola Retreat.

For more information, call the McHenry County Farm Bureau at 815-338-1520 or visit