Spring has sprung and it’s finally warm enough to get outside and explore! If you are looking for your next family adventure, visiting a local farm is a perfect idea. While you are there, pick up some local produce to add to your weekly meal plan.
Beginning in 2006, The Talking Farm strives to connect communities with healthy food. Today, the urban farm offers hands-on education through their learning hours and boasts a farm stand for local produce.
3669 Howard St., Skokie
The Prairie Wind Family Farm is a 40-acre, certified organic family farm located about 40 miles north of Chicago in Grayslake. Every month, they offer Gleaning as an opportunity to volunteer at the farm while helping to provide food to a local food pantry. If you are hungry, in the summer months they offer “Pizza at the Farm,” featuring local pizza made with farm-fresh ingredients, live music and more!
560 Harris Road, Grayslake
Located in southern Illinois, Mint Creek Farm is worth the trip for foodie families looking for a destination. The farm focuses on raising grass-fed meats raised on certified organic prairie pastures. They host frequent farm dinners featuring Chicago chefs and beverage providers and tours, with a B&B nearby offered for an overnight getaway.
1693 E 3800N Road, Stelle
Angelic Organics is a learning center that hosts workshops, field trips, summer camps and education farm stay at their Angelic Organics Lodge. Check out their Animal Day for Families or attend one of their Field Days to see animals and farm processes up close and personal with the ones you love.
1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia
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The Children’s Farm features a junior farmer’s program, open farm days and many special events like the upcoming “Cow Pie Bingo” for families to enjoy fun on the farm. They also offer volunteer opportunities for more of a hands-on experience.
12700 Southwest Hwy, Palos Park
Step back in time to farm life of decades past on the 18.6-acre historic Wagner Farm in Glenview. The farm provides a unique opportunity for families to experience “the way things used to be” through learning about the farm’s livestock, discovering the many crops that grow on the farm and experiencing the many interactive exhibits offered.
1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview
Located immediately off the Tri-State in Libertyville, Lambs Farm is an outing young child will delight in. With over 300 animals with their own names, personalities and stories, your kids will go wild as they explore the Farmyard. There is also a petting area, discovery center, miniature golf, a miniature train, carousel and horses to enjoy!
14245 W. Rockland Road, Libertyville
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