Welcome to the Mulberries Farm and Orchard. We have dedicated our small family farm in Homer, IL, and our gardens in Champaign, IL, to growing fruits, berries, and vegetables without pesticides and herbicides.
SUSTAINABLE TO THE CORE
OUR MISSION AND GOALS: We believe that growing crops organically reproduces vital resources and can increase resources and energy that we rely on for food crop production: soil, water, wind and sun. Our goal is to grow apples, berries, and vegetables for our family, friends, and customers using organic growing practices. We aim to make our farm and orchard ecologically sustainable so that healthy soil, water and environments are as much our products as high quality fruits and vegetables.
WHAT WE GROW: Crops vary each year but we always plant greens (Red Russian kale, romaine lettuce, turnip, escarole; see our BLOG, For the Love of Greens: Recipes and Ideas from the Mulberries Farm and Orchard), onions, potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, beets, carrots, green beans (and beans good for drying such as rattlesnake and black valentine), squash, and herbs, including basil, mint, parsley, and comfrey.
HOW WE SELL: We sell our produce by posting a message to people in our buyers' club each week to let them know what we have. People pick up at our house in Champaign, Illinois, or we will deliver for a small fee. If you'd like to be on our mailing list, let us know and we will be happy to include you. There is no commitment to buy, unless something sounds good to you!
FUTURE CROPS: We have planted about 50 heirloom apples trees, in various stages of maturity. They include Black Oxford, Burgundy, Regent, Sweet Winesap, Yellow Transparent, Mandan, Norland, Liberty, Freedom, Honeycrisp, Chestnut and Sargent Crabapple, Magog Redstreak, Fameuse, and Red Baron varieties. We have also planted elderberries, paw paws, chestnuts, pears, and cherry trees.
HELPING OUT: We are also keeping bees. We support our bees by feeding them in the winter when times get tough and by mounding straw bales around their hives to keep them warm. In return our bees help to pollinate our veggies, fruits, and berries.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org for information about our products, our buying club, our occasional farm stand, or if you'd like to be on our mailing list.