Our annual summer farm tour is set for the Kankakee area this year, and registration is open here! You can get more details, including lodging information, at the same link.
Here’s what you have to look forward to if you join us August 4-5.
Thursday, August 4
(Schedule: Depart hotel at 8 a.m. and return approximately 9:30 p.m.)
It’s been many years since we’ve been here and it has expanded greatly. Tours will include the Dairy and Pig Adventure areas. A trip to the Birthing Barn is an option. Lunch is included and ice cream will be available. We will have coolers with ice on the motor coach for those of you who wish to purchase any cheeses, which are made there!
With 3 locations in Michigan, Illinois, and North Carolina, Sackett Potatoes produces high quality potatoes for the chipping market. The facility we will visit at St. Anne grows potatoes, corn, soybeans, and wheat. Center pivot irrigation is utilized along with IPM management to produce high quality potatoes.
We will experience Locavore Farm’s Dine on the Land in Grant Park. This is an eating experience served on the 110 foot long dining table outside on the farm. We will tour the farm and see how the food grown on the farm is used for the dining experience. Fresh veggies and meats are served over 4 courses. Beverages include locally crafted beers and wines.
Friday, August 5
Today we will travel by private cars so you can leave directly from Janie’s Farm. Addresses and driving directions will be provided prior to the tour dates. Daily Schedule: 7:30 a.m. depart for Beans & Barley Brews. Tours conclude at Janie’s Farm at noon.
Beans & Barley Brews
Breakfast will be here in Ashkum as a group. Please bring a healthy appetite! Janie’s Mill
Janie’s Mill is operated by the Harold Wilken family in Ashkum, IL. The mill takes wheat, corn, rye, and other grains from Janie’s Farm and produces high quality, organic flour for businesses and people to buy. Harold Wilken came up with the idea to develop the mill after he saw how far some of his organic grain had to travel to market.
Janie’s Farm, located near Danforth, IL, is a 100% organic farming operation started in 2001 and named after Harold and Sandy Wilken’s late daughter Janie. The operation is over 2,500 acres of organic corn, soybeans, and small grains produced for Janie’s mill and organic livestock farms and other buyers of organic grains.