Wondering where your food comes from? Or perhaps just looking for a fun-filled and educational experience down on the farm? Bring the whole family and join University of Illinois Extension for a Farm Stroll.
A Farm Stroll is a free, self-guided driving tour of multiple farms holding open houses in a county near you. Diverse family farms producing local food, fiber and fun will be opening their farm gates to the public so you can learn about how they produce everything from apples to zucchini.
Following is a list of late summer/early fall Farm Strolls in northern Illinois:
• Ogle County Farm Stroll: Sunday, Sept. 10, noon to 5 p.m.; features farms with vegetables, berries, beef cattle, poultry, horses and fresh artisan bread
• DeKalb County Farm Stroll: Sunday, Sept. 17, noon to 5 p.m.; features farms with vegetables, flowers, honey, dairy cows, goats, rabbits and local wine
• Lake County Farm Stroll: Sunday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (co-sponsored by Lake County Farm Bureau and the College of Lake County); features farms with vegetables, bees, horses, microgreens, apples, poultry and pumpkins
• McHenry County Farm Stroll: Sunday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (co-sponsored by McHenry County Farm Bureau, Country Financial and First National Bank); features farms with vegetables, orchards, soaps, pumpkins, hydroponics, lambs, goats, pigs, poultry and perennials
• Boone County Farm Stroll: Sunday, Oct. 1, noon to 5 p.m.; features farms with vegetables, cheese, alpacas, wine, orchards, high tunnels and a fiber milling
For more information about each Farm Stroll, plus updates as the dates grow near, visit the appropriate county Extension website, or Northern Illinois Farm Stroll on Facebook.
Those who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, should contact their local Extension office.