Is your family interested in learning about Lake County’s agrarian roots? Can your kids list a few places locally where produce is grown? Farms of all sorts still exist in Lake County, and this year, families can spend the day learning directly from the horses’s — or, farmer’s — mouth at the Lake County Farm Stroll on Sunday, September 17, 2017.
Eleven local sites will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., where you can enjoy learning about raising produce, microgreens, equestrian activities, a vineyard, and animals such as dairy goats, chickens, turkeys and cow milking. Also included on the tour is the Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview, the last remaining farm in Cook County. And the best part of this fabulous day is the cost — it’s FREE.
The Lake County Farm Stroll is a self-guided tour, so you can plan your day around your family’s curiosity and schedule. Come prepared to stroll into pastures, barns and fields, and dress for the weather, as many activities will be outside. Leave your pets at home, and be prepared to experience the inner workings of local farms. Be sure to schedule a visit to the University of Illinois Extension/Farm Bureau in Grayslake to see the interactive tractor exhibit, a beekeeping demonstration, meet the Lake County Master Gardeners and 4-H Club members. Visitors can also learn about Agriculture in the Classroom presented by the Lake County Farm Bureau.
Farms open to the public are located throughout Lake County. You will find farms open as far north as Wadsworth, as far south as Glenview, to the east in Lake Forest and to the far west in Lakemoor. While the farm tour is free, bring cash to purchase food, produce and or participate in additional activities at the farm sites.
Participants in the Lake County Farm Stroll include:
- Jameks Farm, 40822 N. Kilbourne Rd, Wadsworth
- Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm, 13236 W. Townline Rd., Waukegan
- Fields & Fences Equestrian Center, 36550 N. Hunt Club Rd., Gurnee
- College of Lake County Sustainable Farm, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake
- U of I Extension/Farm Bureau, 70 US Hwy. 45, Grayslake
- Prairie Crossing Farm, 32400 N. Harris Rd., Grayslake
- Krueger’s Vegetable Stand, 28572 W. IL Route 120, Lakemoor
- Grow Well Farm, 145 S. Green Bay Rd., Lake Forest
- Didier Farm, 16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire
- Valentino Vineyards, 5175 W. Aptakisic Rd., Long Grove
- Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview.
This September, spend a leisurely Sunday with your local farmers at the Lake County Farm Stroll. Let the kids wear their finest boots and dig out the straw hats and overalls. It’s going to be a fun day.
Lake County Farm Stroll
Sunday, September 17, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Lake County Farm Stroll is sponsored by the Lake County Farm Bureau, College of Lake County and the University of Illinois Extension.
Have you visited a working farm in Lake County? Let us know which one in the comments section below.