Product Overview

 

(Please note - we do not ship our products. To purchase our products please visit our Farm Store which is open from 10 AM - 6 PM Daily, 7 days per week.

 

100% GRASS-FED BEEF

We raise our small herd of grass-fed beef on the 60 acres pasture at our Brunner Farm location. This perennial organic pasture was planted in 2016 and includes a wide variety of grasses, herbs, forbs, and clovers to keep the herd healthy.  

These calves are born on pasture right here in northern Illinois, and fed only their mother's milk, pasture forage, and grass/alfalfa hay in winter.  We also provide them with an organic mineral supplement consisting primarily or Icelandic sea kelp mixed with sea salts as well as raw apple cider vinegar in their water.  They are never fed any grains, corn, soybeans, antibiotics, chemical dewormers, or hormones.  This beef is very lean and much healthier than unhealthy, grain-fed feedlot beef.  Click here to learn more about our farming practices for grass fed beef.

VISIT OUR FARM STORE TO PURCHASE BEEF BY THE CUT, FOR BULK ORDERS PLEASE VISIT OUR ONLINE BEEF STORE

 

WOODLAND/PASTURE-RAISED PORK

We raise heritage purebred Berkshire hogs outdoors on pasture, where they can spend their days being hogs - browsing for grass, alfalfa, forbs, legumes, and rooting around our mineral-rich soil for tubers, grubs,  insects, acorns, chestnuts, mushrooms, and enjoying lots of sunshine, exercise, and fresh air. Their pasture forage is supplemented with a certified organic hog feed mix as well as raw milk, extra vegetables from our gardens, and raw apple cider vinegar. The certified organic grain mix includes non-GMO corn and soybeans from local farmers.  We do not feed or inject our hogs with any antibiotics, hormones, fungicides, dewormers, or any other type of pharmaceuticals, ever!

 

Because they get the best natural pasture forage, organic feeds, plenty of exercise., minerals, and vegetation in their diets, these hogs are healthy, lean, and delicious.  Their meat is firmer, juicier, and far superior to what is produced in the typical confinement facility where the pigs are jammed together indoors on a concrete slab and forced to eat large amounts of antibiotics and pharmaceuticals just to stay alive in those inhumane conditions.  Come visit "the piggers" and see how happy they are!  

Click here to learn more about how we raise our pastured pork.

WE CARRY SOME PORK ITEMS IN THE FARM STORE, FOR BULK ORDERS WOODLAND PORK PLEASE VISIT OUR ONLINE PORK STORE

RAW MILK FROM GRASS-FED GUERNSEYS

Raw milk is provided from our grass-fed Guernsey cows.  The Guernsey is renowned for their rich, golden-colored milk which is high in protein (A2A2) and butterfat, which makes for excellent drinking and great for making butter, ice cream, yogurt, kefir, and many cheeses.

Our small herd of registered Guernsey cows eat primarily pasture forages which they have accesss to 24 hours a day, supplemented with a small amount of organic dairy ration at milking time to provide them with all the vitamins, minerals, and energy they need to produce our nutritious milk.  We test each cow's milk regularly monthly through a national food laboratory to ensure there are low levels of bacteria in their milk.  Click here to learn more about our farming practices for raw milk.

RAW MILK IS AVAILABLE DAILY IN OUR FARM STORE SOLD BY THE HALF GALLON, OR THROUGH A HERDSHARE PROGRAM FOR WEEKLY PICKUPS.  TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR HERDSHARE PROGRAM PLEASE REVIEW OUR FAQ PAGE.

 

PASTURE-RAISED CHICKEN

If you have never tasted a free-range pasture-raised chicken, you are in for a real treat.  Our Freedom Ranger birds are on fresh pasture as soon as they can handle the outside temperatures, and they consume up to 30% of their total diet in fresh greens - grasses, clover, alfalfa, and other legumes, plus seeds and insects.  This meat is leaner, tastier, and healthier than the industrial-confinement chicken you buy in the store.  We move their shelters to fresh pasture every day, and they are able to free range on approximately one acre outside the shelters, protected by portable electric fencing.  Starting in 2015 all of our broiler chickens are processed at a small, family-owned USDA inspected facility near Beloit, WI.  Pickup at the farm available the day after your chicken is processed - fresh or frozen - you can't get any fresher than that! 

 

All of our chickens are fed a certified organic, Non-GMO, SOY FREE feed mixture provided by Cashton Farm Supply, located in Cashton, Wisconsin.  They purchase their organic corn, wheat, flax, and peas from local Illinois and Wisconsin farmers.  Click here to learn more about how we raise our pastured broiler chickens.

 

WE USUALLY CARRY SOME FROZEN WHOLE CHICKENS IN THE FARM STORE DURING THE GROWING SEASON, TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY PLEASE ORDER CHICKENS ONLINE.

PASTURED THANKSGIVING TURKEYS

Our old-fashioned Broad Breasted Bronze turkeys were the most popular Thanksgiving turkey from the 1930's through the late 1960's due to their excellent foraging ability outdoors and a much larger breast compared to the "wild turkeys" from the 1800's.  Our Bronze turkeys consume up to 50% of their feed from our lush fall pasture, which includes a wide variety of greens - meadow fescue, timothy grass, red and ladino clover, alfalfa, and other legumes, plus seeds and insects.  They are moved to fresh pasture every two days.

 

In addition to the pasture, our turkeys feed is supplemented with a certified organic, Non-GMO, SOY FREE feed mixture provided by Cashton Farm Supply, located in Cashton, Wisconsin.  They purchase their organic corn, wheat, flax, and peas from local Illinois and Wisconsin farmers.  None of our turkeys are fed or injected with any antibiotics or growth hormones.

 

This produces a leaner, tastier, and healthier meat than the industrial-confinement-antibiotic filled turkey you buy in the store. 

 

AVAILABLE FRESH OR FROZEN - PLEASE VISIT OUR ONLINE POULTRY STORE TO ORDER

 

FREE RANGE EGGS FROM PASTURE RAISED HENS

The "girls" are free to range on our lush pasture all day and their enclosed portable shelter is moved every few days so there is always a fresh supply of grass and forage. Approximately 50% of their food intake is fresh grasses, clover, alfalfa, leftover garden vegetables and fruits, along with the occasional worm, cricket, or other tasty bugs.   The remainder of their diet is a locally produced certified organic, non-soy feed mixture.  Click this  link to learn more about how we raise our laying .  

Eggs are always available in the Farm Store.

VEGETABLE CSA

In 2016 we began growing all of our vegetables, herbs, and fruits at the new farm located inside the Brunner Family Forest Preserve. Experienced CSA grower Bob Vierow will be managing the vegetable CSA operation to provide our customers with an expansive selection of the freshest, local, organically-raised vegetables. 

 

We will be offering a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program with a limit of 75 full shares for 2018.  All CSA share members may pickup their boxes on Friday afternoons or later at our farm, we will not have any delivery options available.  During peak growing season we may have some produce left over after filling the CSA share boxes, those items will be sold at our farm store once it gets open, but we currently have no extra vegetables available. Each box will include 7-10 varieties of vegetables fresh and in-season.  Customers may also select a half share, they will receive a box of produce every other week.  The full share is a 20 week season beginning in mid-June and running through late October, the half share is a pickup every other week

FULL DIET CSA - WEEKLY BOX WITH VEGETABLES, RAW MILK, AND PASTURE-RAISED BEEF, PORK, CHICKEN, AND EGGS

As a diversified farm we are already producing most of the food we eat in our own household.  For 2018 we are increasing the number of "Full Diet CSA" shares which includes most of the vegetables, dairy, and protein a family of four eating a diverse diet would consume during the growing season.  A full share starts with our weekly vegetable CSA which includes 7-10 vegetables picked fresh throughout the growing season, as well as a gallon of our raw, grass-fed Guernsey milk, a dozen pastured, soy-free eggs, a whole pastured chicken (~4 lbs), 4-5 pounds of various grass-fed beef cuts, and 4-5 pounds of pastured pork cuts. Also includes occasional goodies like local honey, farmstead cheese, and herbs.

Please visit our FAQ page to see what a sample weekly share would include.

TO ORDER A VEGETABLE OR FULL DIET CSA PACKAGE PLEASE VISIT OUR ONLINE CSA STORE

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