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Farm stroll returns Sept. 30, features 12 county locations

Thornpaw Lea Farm featured a variety of animals including chickens, pigs, goats, cows and more during the 3rd annual McHenry County Farm Stroll in 2017 in Marengo. The 4th annual stroll will take place Sept. 30.
Thornpaw Lea Farm featured a variety of animals including chickens, pigs, goats, cows and more during the 3rd annual McHenry County Farm Stroll in 2017 in Marengo. The 4th annual stroll will take place Sept. 30.

On Sept. 30, McHenry County will host its fourth annual farm stroll, a self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms. A total of 12 farms will be part of this educational agriculture-centric tour. Fruit and vegetable growers, dairy cows, beef cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, horses, alpacas, honeybees, perennial plants and more will be featured within the 12 farms.

Because this is a family-friendly, free, self-guided tour, there is no beginning or end – choose the farms that interest you and visit during the designated time.

The farm stroll is organized by the McHenry County Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Extension Master Gardener and 4-H volunteers will be on-site to assist farm families in accommodating guests and conducting demonstrations and tours.

There is no charge for the farm stroll, but most farms will be selling food, produce or other farm-related products. Bring cash to buy items directly from the farmers.

Remember, these are working farms; dress appropriately and supervise children at all times. No pets, please. A few farms will have toilet facilities, but some do not.

​The event will run from 10 a.m. to
4 p.m.

For information, visit the McHenry County Farm Bureau at mchenrycfb.org or at facebook.com/McHenryCountyFarmBureau or call 815-338-1520. Also visit University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners at web.extension.illinois.edu/lm or facebook.com/McHenryCoMasterGardener.

McHenry County Farm Stroll participants include:

• Golden Oaks: 27730 W. Bonner Road, Wauconda, 847-526-6644, goldenoaksfarm.com

• Dykstra’s Farm: 2917 Greenwood Road, Woodstock, 224-848-0270

• Knotty Pine Farm: 6011 Miller Road, Wonder Lake, 815-648-1459, knottypinefarm.webs.com

• Main Stay Therapeutic Farm:
6919 Keystone Road, Richmond, 815-653-9374, mainstayfarm.org

• Patyk’s Farm: 8519 Route 173, Richmond, 815-648-4065, patykfarms.com

• Von Bergen’s Country Markets Acres: 9805 Route 173, Hebron, 815-648-2332, vonbergens.com

• Hephzibah Farms: 13202 Hebron Road, Hebron, 847-530-7373, hephzibahfarms.com

• Harvard Eggs, Feed and Produce: 17205 McGuire Road, Harvard, 815-943 4837, harvardeggsandfeed.com

• AL’sPACAs at Dutch Mill Farm: 19860 Lembcke Road, Harvard, 815-988-7937, avanmaren@aol.com

• Thornpaw Lea Farm: 510 S. Menge Road, Marengo, 847-477-4399, thornpawleafarm.com

• Cody’s Farm and Orchard:
19502 River Road, Marengo, 815-568-7976, codysfarm.com

• Hoffie Nursery: 17102 Marengo Road, Union, 815-923-2518, hoffienursery.com

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