All Grass Farms

All Grass Farms All Grass Farms is a diversified pasture farm providing customers with 100% grass-fed beef, raw Guernsey milk, free-range broiler chicken and eggs, turkey, pasture-raised pork, and organic produce.
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OUR STORY All Grass Farms (formerly Barrington Natural Farms) is a diversified family farm located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, just 45 miles from the highrise office buildings of the Loop. Cliff McConville and Konda Dees purchased a house with 8.5 acres of woods and pastures and a small barn in Barrington Hills in 1998. At the time Cliff worked as an insurance executive in downtown Chicago and Konda a Commercial Real Estate Marketing Director. In a quest to eat healthier we began raising organic vegetables and fruits for family and friends, and in 2001 added a chicken coop for fresh eggs and occasional stewing hens. In 2011, Cliff gave up his daily commute to downtown Chicago and began working out of a home office. Inspired by Food Inc. and The Omnivores Dilemna, and with an extra 3 hours per day not spent commuting, we purchased four Angus beef calves and 25 cornish cross broilers and began rotational grazing on the 8.5 acres. Eight Chester White pigs soon were roaming the woods near the house. We officially launched the first farm website in Spring 2012, and demand for pastured eggs, chicken, pork, and beef quickly outstripped our production capacity at the house. We were fortunate to find 40 acres of vacant farmland available just 5 minutes away, owned by a real estate developer. Dubbed "the Ranch", this land had formerly been a part of a larger organic beef farm, so it was already setup for grazing with fencing, an old cow shed, and a well. The Ranch became home to our small herd of grass fed beef, and the 20 acres of overgrown woodlands on the property were soon occupied by our happy hogs. After receiving numerous requests for raw milk from grass-fed cows, we setup a small milking operation in the barn on the home property in spring 2012 and began producing raw milk from two Guernsey cows. Requests for the raw milk grew rapidly, and within two years the back yard was occupied by nine Guernseys. We started looking for a new home for the milking operation in summer 2013, and after many meetings and hearings, we finally agreed to a long term lease for 150 acres of pastureland and a historic dairy barn located at the Brunner Family Forest Preserve on IL Rt. 31, just 10 minutes from our house. The beautiful Brunner Barn, build in 1905, has not been used for dairy operations since the 1960s, so we had a lot of work to do in the summer and fall of 2015 to get it ready to move the dairy cows over for the winter. Once the barn renovations were complete, work began on the farm store attached to the Brunner Barn and it opened for business in May 2016.

Operating as usual

Our annual soil testing is complete! I cant wait for the results and compare them to previous years. We assess health of...
10/27/2020

Our annual soil testing is complete! I cant wait for the results and compare them to previous years. We assess health of our soils on daily basis by: observing the soil, observing the plants and root growth, observing speed of manure decomposition on pastures (biological activity) and water absorption during and after the rain. Soil tests further help us correct any imbalances or deficiencies. Super exciting stuff!

Planting garlic in no till garden and having great time doing it. We planted red and white clover in this area last mont...
10/20/2020

Planting garlic in no till garden and having great time doing it. We planted red and white clover in this area last month as a green manure mainly to fix nitrogen in the soil, protect soil from compaction by heavy rains, smother weeds as clover germinates quickly and grow rapidly, control pests and improve fertility. After planting we will cover with a layer of leaf mold.

Timeline Photos
10/09/2020

Timeline Photos

Another reason why you should buy our eggs and why our employees are the best. Have a great day y'all!! 😎
09/27/2020

Another reason why you should buy our eggs and why our employees are the best. Have a great day y'all!! 😎

"Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel" - Zackkcore Photography Few rough weeks with some of our older cows...
09/22/2020

"Let perseverance be your engine and hope your fuel" - Zackkcore Photography
Few rough weeks with some of our older cows.
We learn a lot on a daily basis and try to do our best. Very grateful for advise and help from all fellow farmers and veterinarians.

Eeyore update! She had a baby boy Friday evening like a champ! More pictures to come soon.
09/07/2020

Eeyore update! She had a baby boy Friday evening like a champ! More pictures to come soon.

Eeyore is my best friend. Eeyore and I are waiting for her baby to come.
09/05/2020

Eeyore is my best friend. Eeyore and I are waiting for her baby to come.

Timeline Photos
09/03/2020

Timeline Photos

Exciting news! Beekeeper just delivered more of our own raw unpasteurized honey. Available in the farm store on first co...
08/27/2020

Exciting news! Beekeeper just delivered more of our own raw unpasteurized honey. Available in the farm store on first come first served basis in quarts or pints! 🐝🍯

Even the smallest connection to Earth, soil and plants can have a big impact on human being. What steps do you take to "...
08/12/2020

Even the smallest connection to Earth, soil and plants can have a big impact on human being. What steps do you take to "grow"? For me - additionally to farming and together with my kids, I plant a tree every year to benefit future generations just like my parents and grandparents did.

Hello summer 😍Blacksmith Acres organically grown heirloom tomatoes available throughout the weekend at the farm store.
08/07/2020

Hello summer 😍
Blacksmith Acres organically grown heirloom tomatoes available throughout the weekend at the farm store.

This is the season of bounty harvests from the garden. How do you preserve your extra vegetables, fruits and herbs? Do y...
08/04/2020

This is the season of bounty harvests from the garden. How do you preserve your extra vegetables, fruits and herbs? Do you ferment, dry, freeze, can or all of the above?

The Moo Crew's been busy welcoming new babies over the last week! Here's Orbit cleaning her newborn calf, Olive 🥰 Unlike...
07/31/2020

The Moo Crew's been busy welcoming new babies over the last week! Here's Orbit cleaning her newborn calf, Olive 🥰

Unlike most other dairy farms, we allow the heifer calves to stay with their mamas until weaned, so they can nurse whenever hungry, and learn to graze and socialize with the herd from an early age 🐄

Wake up and smell like roses 🌹😌
07/29/2020

Wake up and smell like roses 🌹😌

Conventional and processed foods lack nutrient density, contributing to “hidden hunger” and the rise of chronic diseases...
07/27/2020

Conventional and processed foods lack nutrient density, contributing to “hidden hunger” and the rise of chronic diseases. In addition to lacking nutrition, industrial farming affects human health via exposure to potentially toxic chemicals and environmental pollutants.

Regenerative organic agriculture-like what we practice-grows food without synthetic chemicals while improving soil health, which can increase the nutrient density of food!

Learn more 👉 Rodale Institute

We're always striving to stock the farm store with the best products from local artisans, like Potter's Crackers! Try th...
07/22/2020

We're always striving to stock the farm store with the best products from local artisans, like Potter's Crackers! Try the Caramelized Onion-it's our current staff favorite 🧅

📷: Potter's Crackers

Why do 𝙮𝙤𝙪 choose grass-fed? 🤔
07/20/2020

Why do 𝙮𝙤𝙪 choose grass-fed? 🤔

DYK our chickens have 24/7 access to fresh, organic pastures? Come taste the difference! 🐓 #FactFriday
07/17/2020

DYK our chickens have 24/7 access to fresh, organic pastures? Come taste the difference! 🐓 #FactFriday

Meet your new favorite topping for just about everything 😋👉 Presto Pesto sold here!
07/15/2020

Meet your new favorite topping for just about everything 😋

👉 Presto Pesto sold here!

How do you obey Mother Nature? 🌎
07/13/2020

How do you obey Mother Nature? 🌎

Cheers to the weekend! 🥛DYK that the golden color of Guernsey cow milk comes from an unusually high content of beta caro...
07/10/2020

Cheers to the weekend! 🥛

DYK that the golden color of Guernsey cow milk comes from an unusually high content of beta carotene passed through to their milk? The more grass they eat, the more golden their milk #FactFriday

Learn more 👉 https://allgrassfarms.com/raw-milk

From cukes to zukes, we've got your favorite seasonal produce 🥒
07/08/2020

From cukes to zukes, we've got your favorite seasonal produce 🥒

It sure does ✨ What are you growing this season? 🍓
07/06/2020

It sure does ✨ What are you growing this season? 🍓

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! We’re open 9-5 today and have everything you need for the holiday weekend—steaks on sale...
07/04/2020

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! We’re open 9-5 today and have everything you need for the holiday weekend—steaks on sale, fresh chicken, seasonal fruits/veggies—and more. ❤️🤍💙 @ All Grass Farms

07/03/2020
All Grass Farms Dairy Cows Grazing

Have you noticed our Moo Crew is producing less milk lately? 🥛 There are two reasons why: 1) hot temperatures and 2) dairy cows expecting soon. #FactFriday
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During the warmer months, our dairy cows don't have much of an appetite and, therefore, eat less grass and produce less milk. Think about how you eat lighter/less in the summer, too! ☀️
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We're also preparing for many new calves to be born soon! Those close to calving are “dried off” for about 60 days so their bodies can get ready for the calf, and, so, they stop producing milk. After the calves are born, the babies get first dibs on mama's milk, so a portion of each mama cow’s milk supply is removed from the amount we have available to sell to the public. This insures the calf grows healthy and strong until it's old enough to eat grass on its own.
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Working with animals can be unpredictable; we greatly appreciate your patience during our growing pains! 😊

Who else is BBQ-ing this weekend? 🇺🇸 We’ve got you covered! 🔥
07/01/2020

Who else is BBQ-ing this weekend? 🇺🇸 We’ve got you covered! 🔥

Restoring soil health isn't just for farms-what regenerative practices are you using in your backyard gardens? 🥕🍅🥬
06/29/2020

Restoring soil health isn't just for farms-what regenerative practices are you using in your backyard gardens? 🥕🍅🥬

DYK grass-fed animal droppings help to create a balanced ecosystem of healthy, fertile soil? 🐮🌱.Since our beeves graze o...
06/26/2020

DYK grass-fed animal droppings help to create a balanced ecosystem of healthy, fertile soil? 🐮🌱
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Since our beeves graze on pasture and aren't confined to feedlots, their 💩 is free to land on the grass, feeding the soil microbiome, improving its quality-and that of the beeves. #FactFriday

Kickstart your summertime slow cooking with the recipe of the week *featuring* our grass-fed chuck roast! 😋
06/24/2020

Kickstart your summertime slow cooking with the recipe of the week *featuring* our grass-fed chuck roast! 😋

Come get to know us 👨‍🌾👩‍🌾 P.S. Joel Salatin's newest book is for sale at the Farm Store!
06/22/2020

Come get to know us 👨‍🌾👩‍🌾

P.S. Joel Salatin's newest book is for sale at the Farm Store!

Happy Anniversary to our new farm power couple, Cody and Molly. Molly is our store manager and very talented fashion des...
06/01/2020

Happy Anniversary to our new farm power couple, Cody and Molly. Molly is our store manager and very talented fashion designer (mollybrownstudio) and her husband Cody is our apprentice in training and an awesome tattoo artist (codygoinstattoo). Both found the farm a way of life, home, family, place for relaxation, learning and teaching - and a place to work. We love them very much.

Yep! When everything goes great and THIS happens 🤦‍♂️  Positive? No mosquitoes. Negative? 1 hour later and still working...
05/29/2020

Yep! When everything goes great and THIS happens 🤦‍♂️ Positive? No mosquitoes. Negative? 1 hour later and still working on it. Positive/negative: standing still. 🤷‍♀️

"Healthy Farms,Healthy Foods,Healthy Society"
05/27/2020

"Healthy Farms,
Healthy Foods,
Healthy Society"

Address

18N861 Route 31
West Dundee, IL
60118

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(847) 852-7081

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All Grass Farms is a diversified pasture farm located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, just 45 miles from the highrise office buildings of the Loop. Cliff McConville started with 8.5 acres of woods and pastures and a small barn in Barrington Hills. At the time Cliff worked as an insurance executive in downtown Chicago. In a quest to eat healthier, he and his family began raising organic vegetables and fruits for family and friends, and in 2001, added a chicken coop for fresh eggs and occasional stewing hens. In 2011, Cliff gave up his daily commute to downtown Chicago and began working out of a home office. Inspired by Food, Inc. and The Omnivores Dilemma, and with an extra three hours per day not spent commuting, he purchased four Angus beef calves and 25 Cornish cross broilers and began rotational grazing on the 8.5 acres. Eight Chester White pigs soon were roaming the woods near the house. Cliff officially launched the first farm website in spring of 2012, and demand for pastured eggs, chicken, pork, and beef quickly outstripped production capacity at his house. Fortunately, he found 40 acres of vacant farmland available just five minutes away, owned by a real estate developer. Dubbed “the Ranch,” this land had formerly been a part of a larger organic beef farm, so it was already setup for grazing with fencing, an old cow shed, and a well. The Ranch became home to a small herd of grass-fed beef, and the 20 acres of overgrown woodlands on the property were soon occupied by happy hogs. After receiving numerous requests for raw milk from grass-fed cows, we set up a small milking operation in the barn on the home property in spring of 2012, and began producing raw milk from two Guernsey cows. Requests for the raw milk grew rapidly, and within two years, the backyard was occupied by nine Guernseys. Cliff started looking for a new home for the milking operation in summer of 2013, and after many meetings and hearings, finally agreed to a long term lease for 150 acres of pastureland and a historic dairy barn located at the Brunner Family Forest Preserve on IL Rt. 31, just ten minutes from his house. The beautiful Brunner Barn, built in 1905, had not been used for dairy operations since the 1960s, so there was a lot of work to do in the summer and fall of 2015, to get it ready to move in the dairy cows over the winter. Once the barn renovations were complete, work began on the Farm Store attached to the Brunner Barn, and it opened for business in May 2016.

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The roast loin of pork we got from you was delicious for our Sunday dinner!
i bought chicken for soup,it is terrible,smell very bad, far away from home raise chicken. Disappointed.Would not recommended anyone
I'm grateful for Anna and all her sustainable and holistic advice and great book selections. We really enjoy encountering all the staff and livestock, even the cute kitties! All Grass Farms feels like a second home.
Really enjoyed our visit yesterday and love the raw milk, local honey and free range eggs - we'll definitely be back!
Everything sold there is wonderful, people are the best!
Wybieram sie tam, wyglada super
Duck eggs for those who can’t do chicken eggs 👍🏻
The Davenport Agency loved seeing the turkeys on commercial break of last night's Chicago Bears game! Happy Thanksgiving!
She didn’t lay an egg.
It’s becoming a regular pitstop for me :)
Had a farm pick up today and decided to make the recipe posted in the email. Looks amazing.
We had a lovely visit to the farm yesterday! As usual Lucas was a great tour guide! We made fresh butter today from your raw milk. These two can't wait to use it on some pancakes! 🐄 💘