Farmers » Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery
goats milk cheeses
- Outdoor market
Leslie Cooperband and Wes Jarrell are the proud owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery. Since 2005, they have been milking Nubian and La Mancha goats and transforming their milk into European-inspired cheeses. Currently, they milk 70 does seasonally and their herd is certified “Animal Welfare Approved,” the gold standard for pasture-based livestock production. They produce 7-9 types of cheese from fresh chevre to bloomy rinds to feta and raw milk wheels. In addition to their cheeses, they make goat milk gelato using fresh seasonal flavors such as local fruits, nuts and herbs. They host an array of farm to table meals and offer weekly farm open houses, where you can wander the farm, meet the goats and get a scoop of gelato. Their farm is an easy two-hour drive from Chicago, and they love visitors.