We feature local, sustainable and organic producers for our meat, dairy, eggs, and cheeses. We partner with local farms and producers to support smaller, frequently family, farms and offer fresh products from sustainable sources.
A word from our local producers...
Tony Hook began apprenticing at a small cheese factory in Barneveld and got his cheesemakers license in 1972. Tony and Julie formed Hook’s Cheese Company and began producing cheese in 1976. At that time they only produced Cheddar and some Swiss. In 1980 they expanded into making Colby, Monterey Jack, some flavored Jacks, and Marble Jack.
Produced in Mineral Point, WI,164 miles from Oak Park
At Ropp Jersey Cheese, we believe farm-to-fork is best for the environment and the consumer. As a family owned, seventh generation farm, we strive for excellence not only in our product, but in our process. From our pork, beef and poultry to our artisan cheeses, we can tell you where we grow our grain that feeds our livestock that creates our products.
Produced in Normal, IL, 131 miles from Oak Park
McCluskey Brothers Organic Farms
The McCluskey family has farmed the ridges, hills and valleys of Shillelagh Glen Farms for four generations spanning 125 plus years. Our tradition of milking cows, raising beef, and "sugaring" or making maple syrup began in 1886 when our great-grandparents came to Shillelagh Glen Farms by way of Counties Donegal and Mayo, Ireland. Three brothers, Kevin, Patrick and Brian, continue this tradition today.
Produced in Hillpoint, WI, 200 miles from Oak Park
To reinvigorate Wisconsin family-owned dairy farms by creating an economy that will value these farms for generations
To honor and sustain Wisconsin’s rich family dairy farming heritage through a revolutionary new pay structure for farmers that rewards both excellent milk quality and animal husbandry, or humane treatment of animals
Produced in Pulaski, WI, 225 miles from Oak Park, and Black Creek, WI, 210 miles from Oak Park
PRAIRIE FRUITS FARM & CREAMERY
Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband are the proud owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, LLC. In 2003, they moved from an urban and academic life in Madison, Wisconsin to rural Champaign-Urbana Illinois. That first season, they began to transform their land from cash grain agriculture to perennial production with a lush cover crop of buckwheat. In 2004, they planted over 350 fruit trees and 600 berry plants AND purchased their first four Nubian goats (three does and one buck).
In August of 2005, they were licensed as a Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery. Since then, they have expanded their herd to 70+ milkers. They also have also expanded their working acreage to include an 8-acre pasture, a 5-acre hay field and a 2-acre restored prairie to the east of our original 7 acres. Little by little, they have transformed their landscape to diversified perennial crops and livestock.
Their farm embodies core principles of sustainability including environmental stewardship, economic viability and social responsibility. They strive to educate the community about organic and sustainable agriculture and the connections between food production and consumption. They also hope to serve as a model for others interested in small-scale diversified farming systems.
Produced in Champaign-Urbana, IL, 143 miles from Oak Park