Willow City Farm

Willow City Farm Willow City Farm At Willow City Farm, we strive to produce the highest quality meat possible. Our products do not contain the vast amount of additives found in factory farmed beef and poultry.
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We raise ours the way it was raised hundreds of years ago, with no hormones or daily antibiotics. Our product is totally natural. Our animals are offered a diet designed to maximize tenderness and flavor. All of our animals are treated humanely. In fact you can often find us in the pasture checking on the herd or even giving a neck scratch to the little guys.

Operating as usual

We have just a few Thanksgiving turkeys left!  They will be fresh and ready for pickup @ the farm on Monday and Tuesday ...
11/21/2020
Pasture Raised Fresh Turkey - (Deposit) | Willow City Farm

We have just a few Thanksgiving turkeys left! They will be fresh and ready for pickup @ the farm on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Our heritage turkeys roam our pasture with the chickens and other livestock, & have access to our coops at night to stay safe from predators. This humane environment allows our animals’ all-day access to green grass, fresh air and sunshine.They are are fed a multi-grain diet consisting mostly ...

Did you know Willow City Farm is now offering camping on our property?  Come stay and camp at our super private pond! Co...
09/09/2020
Willow City Farm's Private Escape, Willow City Farm, IL: 5 Hipcamper Reviews And 32 Photos

Did you know Willow City Farm is now offering camping on our property? Come stay and camp at our super private pond!

Come fish and camp at our stocked pond complete with a grill, fire ring, kayaks, a pedal boat and plenty of other amenities for you to enjoy. You can even purchase bacon and eggs produced right on our farm for breakfast!

We have a clean porta-potty for use right at the campsite, and for your convenience we offer firewood bundles for sale so you can be ready to go as soon as you arrive! We even have shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies available to purchase. If you purchase ahead we will have your gear waiting for you at your campsite when you arrive. Decide you need it once you get here? No problem. We will run it down to you when you need it! Read more about it or book a night below.

Use coupon code WILLOWCITYFARM to get $10 off your first Hipcamp booking!

Willow City Farm's Private Escape in Willow City Farm, Illinois | Willow City Farm offers private camping for all ages. Nestled on 74 acres, our working farm also has areas and...

It's Cyber Monday! Use coupon code "GOATYOGA" and get $5 off a ticket to any upcoming event! Don't see an event coming u...
12/02/2019

It's Cyber Monday! Use coupon code "GOATYOGA" and get $5 off a ticket to any upcoming event! Don't see an event coming up that works for you? Purchase a universal ticket and apply it towards ANY upcoming 2020 Goats + Yoga or Puppies & Piglets + Pilates event! Add a cute T-shirt or other gear and you'll be giving the BEST. GIFT. EVER! https://www.willowcityfarm.com/goatyoga

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09/23/2019

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09/23/2019

Wow! With the exception of 1 ticket, we are officially SOLD OUT for Saturday's event @Obed & Isaac's in Peoria. We even had to increase our fencing and we'll be bringing more goats than usual!

So... we want to come baaaaa-ck to Peoria! We're looking for an indoor location to host a few more themed goat yogas over the winter. (The goats love their ugly Christmas sweaters. Seriously, it's hilarious.)

If you know of anyone with a business that would want to host us, let us know! We come with tarps, fencing, and a clean up crew. We've held classes in hotels, churches, bars, boutiques, cross-fit gyms, dance and yoga studios, etc, and we just need about 1000sq foot.

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the upcoming events AND a certified yoga instructor in the area, too!

Please feel free to share this post, comment below, or call/text Tara @ 217-899-4562 with any ideas. We look forward to seeing you Saturday! 🐐🍺🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️

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Hey friends!  We've had a lot of requests from folks in Peoria, St. Louis, & Champaign who want to participate in  Goats...
07/18/2019

Hey friends! We've had a lot of requests from folks in Peoria, St. Louis, & Champaign who want to participate in Goats + Yoga! If you know a business who'd be willing to host us, pass it along or message us for more info! (We love doing them outside, but have tarps and fencing to do them inside, too!) We've had goat yoga in gyms, churches, bars, offices, yoga studios, hotels, boutiques, clubs, garages, farms, and all kinds of places, so feel free to share! OR, if you have another location in mind, let us know that, too!

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Did you know we do private Goats + Yoga classes?  Or, forgo the yoga and just hang with the critters!  Big or small grou...
04/25/2019

Did you know we do private Goats + Yoga classes? Or, forgo the yoga and just hang with the critters! Big or small groups, at your place or ours. Here's some photos from an event @Monmouth College yesterday. Call us to book your bridal shower, birthday party, petting zoo, family reunion or any other get-together!

Goats + Yoga by Willow City Farm
04/17/2019

Goats + Yoga by Willow City Farm

Ever wonder what the goats do when they’re not practicing yoga? Or what happens when they get too big for yoga? They clear brush! Have an area that you need cleared? Ask us how they can help!

Holcomb – Agriculture Reporting
08/31/2018
Holcomb – Agriculture Reporting

Holcomb – Agriculture Reporting

Holcomb by · June 27, 2018 Most Central Illinois farmers will raise corn and soybeans and sell it wholesale. But Stu Ellis found a farmer who takes her produce and sells it retail to Springfield consumers. Tara Holcomb a first generation farmer graduated from a 4-acre plot in the middle of Springfi...

3rd Annual Friends of the Market Street DinnerIt’s that time of year again! Celebrate the immense bounty of the Old Capi...
08/10/2018
Willow City Farm: Free eggs with $40 WCF meat purchase!

3rd Annual Friends of the Market Street Dinner

It’s that time of year again! Celebrate the immense bounty of the Old Capitol Farmers Market with DSI's second annual Friends of the Market Street Dinner, under the fall constellations at community tables placed on the Old State Capitol Plaza.
For those of you that saw our photos from last year and wanted to make sure you got in on the fun this year, now is the time to register! Willow City Farm is once again sponsoring the meats for this awesome event!
Get your tickets here:
willowcityfarm.com/dsi-marketstreet-dinner (https://www.willowcityfarm.com/dsi-marketstreet-dinner)

Illinois Times + Lamb 101

Illinois Times food writer Peter Glatz made a visit to the farm to check our lambs and goats for an article he wrote on Lamb 101 that was in last week’s Illinois Times. He has some great recipes for you to try out. Check out his article here and come into the store to pick up some lamb meat to try. Look for his article next week about goat meat and goat recipes!

illinoistimes.com/article-20258-lamb-101.html

Babies Everywhere!

In the last few weeks, we’ve had two new baby goats and five piglets born! Some of you may remember our little buck “Sushi” and doe Rodeo from our original Goats + Yoga classes. They are the proud parents of little Gypsy Bertha (whose name pays homage to Peter Glatz’s #BerthaBusGypsyWagonCuisine (https://www.facebook.com/BerthaBus/) since he was with us when we found her moments after she was born).
Our brown doe Mocha and Sushi welcomed their little girl, Olive, last week. We cannot wait to show them off at our next event!
Our rescue pot belly pig, Angus, had five little piglets last week, too!

On a side note, we’re so excited to have Peter and his food truck out to the farm for an event soon!

Illinois State Fair

It’s fair time! The Illinois State Fair began this Thursday which means we’ll be spending quite a bit of time showing horses! If you’re out at the fairgrounds see if we’re around at Barn 36 and come see Kaia and Celeste. Chloe and Tatym will be competing in the Society show over the next two weeks.

This also means that the store and farm’s operations will be turned over, for the most part, to our interns Lucy and Thomas so there shouldn’t be an interruption in store or Saturday market hours. We cannot thank them enough for everything they do!
(Remember, there is no Thursday market during the State Fair.)

To celebrate, we are giving away a free dozen eggs with any $40 Willow City Farm meat purchase. Get them while they last!

Click here for a free coupon at Willow City Farm. Free eggs with $40 WCF meat purchase!

We have some exciting news! Wednesday's Puppies & Goats + Yoga class will have a brand new friend joining us! Meet Gypsy...
07/23/2018

We have some exciting news! Wednesday's Puppies & Goats + Yoga class will have a brand new friend joining us! Meet Gypsy - baby of Rodeo and Sushi! Gypsy was born last Friday and is doing amazing. Sign up now for yoga OR just come out for a happy hour tour from 5:30-7:30pm and come meet her! Ticket prices include a cocktail from Rolling Meadows & Just the Basics.
http://sunsetgoatsplusyoga.eventbrite.com/

You are invited!If you aren't busy tonight, come by Willow City Farm for our summer sunset tour and happy hour!  Rolling...
07/18/2018
Stop by Willow City Farm tonight for our Sunset Happy Hour + Tour! 5:30-7:30

You are invited!

If you aren't busy tonight, come by Willow City Farm for our summer sunset tour and happy hour! Rolling Meadows/Just the Basics will be on hand serving up fresh sangria and craft beers, and Smart Natured will have some farm-to-fork grub to enjoy while you're checking out the farm!

Sorry, but this open house isn't suited for the little ones this time.

Come for the happy hour and nama-stay for some sunset yoga!
We have just a few spots left for tonight's sunset Goats & Puppies + Yoga.

The class begins at 7:30 and you can purchase tickets here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sunset-goats-puppies-yoga-tickets-48075023690) .

We hope to see you tonight!

Check out our event on Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018.

Click here for event details from Willow City Farm!

Sunset Tour/Goats & Puppies + YogaThey’re baaaaaaa-ck! Willow City Farm is excited to host two more open house/farm tour...
07/14/2018
Willow City Farm: $1 off "Amaranth Apple" Brats

Sunset Tour/Goats & Puppies + Yoga

They’re baaaaaaa-ck! Willow City Farm is excited to host two more open house/farm tours AND Puppies & Goats + Yoga class at Sunset the next two Wednesdays, June 18th +25th.


Just the Basics will be on hand serving up local craft beers and sangria's, and Smart Natured will be serving some genuine farm-to-fork BBQ chicken and tasty sides.

Our format is a little different this time... We'll start off with a happy hour/open house where you can tour the farm from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, and sunset yoga will begin right at 7:30pm.

If you'd like to come for just the tour/open house from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, the cost of the ticket is $15. The cost for Goats & Puppies + Yoga is $40 (which includes the farm tour and open house as well!)

This is a great excuse to get sitter and bring your friends out! What else do you have to do on a Wednesday night?!

This will be our last two events with the puppies, so get tickets quick! You've got two chances to join us... July 18th AND July 25th.

Should our event get rained out, we'll post rain dates soon! sunsetgoatsplusyoga.eventbrite.com (http://www.sunsetgoatsplusyoga.eventbrite.com)

A little Farmer’s Market tidbit…

Did you ever wonder where the unwanted or past-their-prime fruits and veggies from Farmer’s Market go to die? They come to our farm! Our hogs LOVE the peaches and zucchini, the chicken love tomatoes and berries, and the cows, sheep and goats love the greens. Thanks so much to all the local produce farmer’s that keep our critters happy!

Amaranth Apple Festival + Brats

Experience the True Beauty of Springfield at the only two-day downtown festival produced by DSI and supported by premier sponsor Isringhausen Imports to raise money for downtown revitalization! This year's festival, an ode to Springfield son Vachel Lindsay's "Golden Book of Springfield," is an official Illinois Bicentennial event.

National touring musicians on the Main Stage, tasty food provided by nearly 20 vendors, beverages thanks to Robert "Chick" Fritz, Inc. - Springfield and the Vachel Lindsay Stage for art & spoken word performances. Plus a children's area on the lawn of the Old State Capitol.

The complete line-up of the Festival is at downtownspringfield.org/event/amaranthapple-2 (http://downtownspringfield.org/event/amaranthapple-2/) .

To celebrate, all of our Amaranth Apple bratwurst are $1/off!

Click here for a free $1.00 off coupon at Willow City Farm. $1 off "Amaranth Apple" Brats

Happy 4th of July!Get ready for 4th of July!We’re fully stocked with steaks, brats, burgers and ready for your outdoor B...
07/02/2018
Willow City Farm: Get $2 off Grilling Planks!

Happy 4th of July!

Get ready for 4th of July!

We’re fully stocked with steaks, brats, burgers and ready for your outdoor BBQ!

We will be closed the 4th of July, but we’ll be open regular hours the rest of the week.

Need to impress your guests or get a great smoky flavor without the smoker? Try one of our grill planks! They come in Alder, Cherry, Hickory, or Cedar. Here’s how they work:

Planking: 5 Easy Steps
1. Soak the plank in warm water for up to 15 minutes, keeping it submerged. Pro tip: Soak it in juice, apple cider vinegar, or even wine for added flavor.
2. Place seasoned food on the plank. The plank should be fully covered by the food. This helps avoid flare-ups.
3. Place plank on preheated grill or in oven. Keep the grill lid or oven door closed while cooking.
4. Cook food as desired. Cooking times will vary.
5. Serve and enjoy! For beautiful presentation, serve your food directly on the plank. Just make sure the charred bottom doesn’t dirty your grandmother’s linen tablecloth.

All our planks are $2 off this week!

Eric’s Marinated Chicken Breasts

Eric’s chicken is back! As many of you know, Eric has had some significant health issues, but with some chemo and stem cell treatments, Eric is out of the hospital and back to marinating chicken! His chicken is packaged in 1lb packs and sell for $5/lb. If you haven’t tried it, you should. We sell it fresh, but it can be frozen, too!

We have produce!

Grown by Willow City Farm’s Thomas Beverlin, seasonal produce is finally available at The Farmstand!

The next few weeks brings squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, snow peas, green beans, herbs, raspberries, and the list is always growing. Check our page for daily updates on what produce is in stock!

Wear the Love!

Show your support! Willow City Farm T-shirts are back in stock and available at The Farmstand or farmer’s markets for just $10 each! You can even custom order a special size or color, too! #shoplocal

Thank you!

Thanks for all your kind words!! I was so honored to win the New and Emerging Business Owner of the Year Award last week. And thanks to all my family, friends and customers who help me make my dream come true. Not many people get to say they work doing what they love, and I’m grateful ya’ll allow me to!

Cheers from my front porch swing!

Click here for a free $2.00 off coupon at Willow City Farm. Get $2 off Grilling Planks!

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Produce is here!  Herbs, onions and raspberries today grown by Willow City Farm’s very own, Thomas Beverlin! The Farmsta...
06/25/2018

Produce is here! Herbs, onions and raspberries today grown by Willow City Farm’s very own, Thomas Beverlin! The Farmstand is open until 6pm!

Simple Roots
06/24/2018

Simple Roots

FRIENDS! Treat your self! SAVE YOURSELF 5 HOURS THIS WEEK!! It takes 5 minutes to choose your meals and place your order which will save you hours of shopping, prepping, and cooking this week! Treat yourself to organic, farm fresh, Paleo/Whole30 meals that are delivered right to your front door!

Order @ www.simplyrootedmeals.com

Happy Father’s Day!Make dad’s day with a great Father’s Day deal.Sunday is Father’s Day – A time to celebrate dads, step...
06/12/2018
Willow City Farm: 10% All Steaks!

Happy Father’s Day!

Make dad’s day with a great Father’s Day deal.

Sunday is Father’s Day – A time to celebrate dads, step-dads, uncles, grandpas, or any other paternal entity in your life.

What better way to celebrate than to grill out! All our steaks AND burgers are 10% off this week. All our BBQ sauces are 10% off this week, too!

And a special shout out to my "Step-Dad", Tom, who does so so much to help keep my farm running. Tom's spent hundreds of hours in the cold and heat building, fixing, loading, mowing, babysitting, and did I mention FIXING? Thanks for everything, Papa Tom!!

2018 Small Business Awards

I’m honored to be nominated for New and Emerging Business Owner of the Year at the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Small Business Awards Luncheon this Tuesday, June 19th. The other nominees are amazing owners, so just being nominated in the same category is pretty amazing. Thanks to all my supporters over the last five years who helped me get here. If you’re up for joining us at the luncheon, just let me know! We’ve got a few extra spots at our tables. Read more about the luncheon and the other nominees here.

(So that all our employees can join us, The Farmstand will open at 1pm on Tuesday the 19th and will stay open until 6pm.)

Meet our Summer Interns!

We’re excited to introduce you to our summer 2018 interns, Lucy Perlman and Thomas Beverlin!

Lucy Perlman is an undergraduate student in her junior year majoring in environmental studies at University of Illinois Springfield. Born and raised in Springfield, she enjoys hiking, canoeing, fishing, rollerblading, and biking in the area as well as traveling to take camping trips with her family and friends! Lucy is eager to learn, and always jumps in to help. She's never shied away from any task at the farm, and does everything with a smile. You can ALWAYS hear her talking to the animals, even when she thinks no one is listening. :)

Thomas Beverlin is entering his last year of undergraduate school at Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale. He’s studying horticulture, and also works at a landscaping company in Springfield. Although Thomas helps with ALL chores, he’s our resident go-to at the farm for all things green, including our pond! (With Thomas’ help, the pond wont’ be green much longer.) He’s always willing and able to do anything asked, and we’re lucky to have him this summer!

I am BEYOND blessed to have these to amazing, responsible and smart individuals on my team! Because of these guys, I was able to get away for a few days and put in over 150 miles on my trusty steed, Kaia, at the Saddle Up For St. Jude camp and trail ride. If you haven’t met them yet, stop into the store and say hi!

New Store Hours

New Hours @ The Farmstand
Since we have extra help, and market has started, we’ve added a few extra hours at the store and we no longer need to close intermittently! Here’s the new hours:

Monday - 10am - 6pm
Tuesday - 10am - 4pm
Wednesday - 10am - 6pm
Thursday - 10am - 2pm
Friday - 10am - 5pm
Saturday - 1:30pm - 4pm

Farmer’s Markets:
Thursday - 4pm - 7pm @ IL State Fairgrounds
Saturday - 8am - 12:30pm @ Downtown Springfield

Click here for a free 10% off coupon at Willow City Farm. 10% All Steaks!

Address

8150 Bomke Road
Pleasant Plains, IL
62677

Telephone

(217) 899-4562

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Lamb
Goat
Sitka Salmon Shares
Beefalo
Bison
Elk
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Turkey
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Raw Local Honey
BBQ Sauce
BBQ Dry Rubs

Live Livestock
Alpaca Fleece
Sheep Wool
Yarn

Organic & Handmade by Clarity Homestead:
Soaps
Detergents (Clothes & Dishwasher)
Body Wash
Deodorant
Shampoo & Conditioner

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Jams
Butters

Handmade Barnwood Items

Spark Beg-O-Bone Dog Biscuits

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Welcome! Willow City Farm is a small-scale diversified farm in Central Illinois. The farm does not just produce one or two products like a typical farm, instead it operates more like a homestead and produces a multitude of crops and livestock which support each other using permaculture and other organic methods.

We understand that education is key, and we are constantly learning and sharing what we learn with others. Our form of agriculture is the science and art of sustainability.

Our philosophy is that farming practices should leave the soil, air, water, plant life, animals and people healthier – and happier. We are a proud micro farm (a.k.a. small family farm), farming under 100 acres.

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