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Illinois Farms

The below 6 Illinois farms and ranches sell direct to consumers. Any heritage breeds, free-range or specialty services are listed next to the farm. Why buy local? Freshness, care, variety and the ability to deal directly with the person raising your livestock or poultry. This list isn't necessarily meant to be a complete listing, but more of a listing of consumer-oriented farms that focus on quality. If you are looking for a great place to buy fresh meat then stop here first. Also, please shoot me your experiences (positive or negative) or help me add any that should be listed here. To submit a request, go to the add or update a farm page or email me the information - farms(AT)

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Illinois Bloomington Dearing Country Farms
16410 N 800 East Rd Bloomington, IL 61705
We are a small family farmstead growing and producing a wide variety of meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables and milk. We use all natural and sustainable agricultural practices and follow USDA organic program standards.
Illinois Chatsworth SouthPork Ranch LLC
32796 E 750 N Rd Chatsworth, Il 60921
Home of the critically endangered Red Wattle Hog, we believe to save them you have to eat them. Our pork is raised outdoors where are hogs and crossbred beef have access to earth, wind and mire. Certified organic since 2009 our meat is free of all chemicals, antibiotics and hormones. Our farm store is open 6 days a week 10-6. Closed Sundays. Meat available by the piece or by the carcass.
Illinois Earlville Herrmann Cattle Co
3759 N Sleepy Hollow Rd. Earlville, IL 60518
100[%] Grassfed and Finished Beef. Our cattle are on rotational pastures in the warm months. During the cold months they are fed high quality hay grown and bailed by us! Our cattle eat what's best for them so you can eat what's best for you.
Illinois Ottawa Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm CSA
1985 N. 3609th Road Ottawa,IL 61350
Cedar Valley: an old-fashioned family farm located north of Ottawa, IL on the banks of Indian Creek. For the past 10 years, Jody & Beth Osmund (and their three sons)have built Illinois' first meat CSA - offering a monthly selection of Duroc & Hampshire pork, Black Angus beef, Pasture raised chicken, and heritage breed eggs. They offer custom cut meat (beef and pork) for the home freezer, too.
Illinois Pearl City Plum River Farm
5886 S Loran Rd Pearl City, IL 61062
Our hereford and red angus cattle are raised on pasture, eating only the grass and hay we raise ourselves without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. They are never fed hormones or antibiotics (never needed them!) Meat is available by the piece, in 20 lb sampler boxes, by the quarter, half or whole. We are members of Animal Welfare Approved and the American Grassfed Assn.
Illinois Putnam Trail's End Organic Farm
20001 195th N. Ave., Putnam, IL 61560
Our beef is USDA Certified-Organic and 100% Grass-Fed. The cattle are a Scottish Highland/Aberdeen Angus cross which ensures lean and flavorful meat. Our farm has been certified organic since 1992.
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