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Local Growers Network The Local Growers Network disbanded as a group and stopped providing CSA boxes/subscriptions in 2013. We still grow veggies, raise chickens for eggs and serve a few customers and ourselves.

EAT HEALTHY - EAT LOCAL
Changing our world in a profound way! Founded in 2008, The Local Growers Network is a group of growers in Knox and surrounding counties who have come together to provide locally grown, farm fresh produce. For the 2012 season, we are evolving to a CSA (community supported agriculture) which means providing a box of fresh, locally grown produce weekly to customers who have r

EAT HEALTHY - EAT LOCAL
Changing our world in a profound way! Founded in 2008, The Local Growers Network is a group of growers in Knox and surrounding counties who have come together to provide locally grown, farm fresh produce. For the 2012 season, we are evolving to a CSA (community supported agriculture) which means providing a box of fresh, locally grown produce weekly to customers who have r

Operating as usual

09/04/2020
Smiling Frog Farm

Hello Local Growers Network fans! We are going to shut down this page as technically LGN as a group has been defunct for a number of years. Our farming efforts with growing local food and producing eggs continues on our own little farm, Smiling Frog Farm. We invite you to LIKE that page and keep in touch! ://www.facebook.com/SmilingFrogFarm

Started in 1975 in Franklin Park, Illinois. We grow various vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, cabbage, ethnic vegetables (Oriental, Italian etc.) on 22 acres in Knox County, Illinois. We also produce eggs from free range chickens.

22/08/2018

FARM FRESH PRODUCE AVAILABLE
free-range chicken eggs ($3 dozen)
goose eggs (huge! $1 each available now only)
beets
green beans
red & green cabbage
white eggplant
red & green bell/Melrose/ banana peppers (sweet)
jalapenos (hot)
ghost peppers (hot, hot, hot)
cherry/plum/regular tomatoes
tomatillos
swiss chard
green beans/Italian flat green beans
Italian cucumber melons
possibly banana squash

You can let me know what you want. Item and quantity. We will harvest and you can pick up either at our farm or make arrangements to meet me. Approx $1.50 per lb, whatever combo is ordered.

Local, Free-Range, Farm-Fresh EGGS, GRADE A are back in stock and for sale at Vintages Tasting Room.$3.50 chicken - medi...
14/03/2016

Local, Free-Range, Farm-Fresh EGGS, GRADE A are back in stock and for sale at Vintages Tasting Room.
$3.50 chicken - medium
$4.00 chicken - large
$4.50 chicken/duck – jumbo

Eggs will be priced by size. Size at hen’s whim. We should have plenty of stock from here on out.

Here is a VERY interesting article that talks about all the additives given to hens in commercial production, not only are they given antibiotics, but arsanilic acid, aspirin, tranquilizers, terephthalic acid and carbondioxide, etc. The eggs produced by our hens are clean without any toxic substances!!!!
http://www.come-home-to-health.com/hen.php

Local Growers Network's cover photo
01/05/2014

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01/05/2014

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10/12/2013

I personally have more pork than I know what to do with...bacon, ham, chops, asstd other cuts along with whole hog sausage. If you want to taste some great tasting pork, message me.

01/11/2013

So, we have extra fresh, locally raised with love, pork! Apparently, I can't count and there is an extra pig that I hadn't pre-sold at Elmwood Locker. There is a total of 142 lbs, but that can be split in half. Cost would be $3.10 per lb to us and processing to the locker. Processing would be about 75 cents per lb. Let me know ASAP if anybody is interested.

10/10/2013

We have freezer pork going in for processing very, very soon. One half or possibly one whole pig still available. We are also looking to trade: a whole hog processed for 1/4 steer processed. If anybody is interested, please let me know. Thanks. Freezer pork will end up bring approx $4 per lb total.

23/09/2013

A friend is taking order for locally produced freezer lamb. These are pasture-raised. If you are interested, please contact Jeanne Wiskirchen at B/W Farm 2201 - 155th St., Cameron, IL 61423...call 309-368-0302.

Here's how it works:
1) Customer orders a lamb -- half or whole; reserves ASAP.
2) Payment to Jeanne is $230 for a whole lamb and $115 for a half lamb.
3) Jeanne delivers the lamb to Thrushwoods Farm in October for processing and lets the customer know it is there.
4) Customer calls Thrushwoods and gives packaging and cut instructions.
5) When it is ready to be picked up, you pay Thrushwoods' bi ll --about $65-$70 for a whole lamb and $35 or so for a half.

All in all total for whole lamb runs about $300; $150 for a half.

Spring has arrived and the hens are once again laying in abundance. The eggs are really good and really big...I think it...
26/04/2013

Spring has arrived and the hens are once again laying in abundance. The eggs are really good and really big...I think it might be all the new green grass that they are feasting on! Lots of eggs available now at Vintages. Bring your own carton and stock up! $4.00 per doz for jumbo which are really massive!

Wines & Winners
20/02/2013

Wines & Winners

1:00 PM this Saturday (Feb 23) at Vintages:

For $10 per person you will get to taste at least 10 chili entries along with wine and/or beer that has been paired with each. Plan on having lunch with us and warm up your tummies with some really different chili. Some of the entries will include White Chicken Chili, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili, Chocolate & Buffalo Chili, Venison, Bacon & Sausage, plus more. Come savor & sip and then cast your vote.

BEST CHILI Popular Vote - Chili deemed to be the best by votes cast by attendees.

BEST CHILI Culinary Panel Vote - Chili deemed to be the best by me!

06/02/2013

After 5 years of growing, coordinating growers, marketing & distributing local produce, Julie & Robert have decided to take a break for 2013. LGN and Smiling Frog Farm will not be selling produce via a CSA this coming season, therefore, we highly recommend our friend and colleagues, Eloise & Dusty Spurgeon.

Through Spurgeon Veggies CSA (community supported agriculture) you can receive a weekly box of fresh, hand-picked, local produce grown in East Galesburg from May to November. Limited subscriptions are available now. Support your local farmers - subscribe today. Visit them on Facebook or call 815-953-4384 (Dusty) or 309-335-8883 (Eloise). Registration closes April 1st.

07/01/2013
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24/11/2012

What Is A Half-Pig Share? from Smiling Frog Farm/Local Growers Network

22/11/2012

We currently have 8 feeder pigs. Most of them will be going to the sale barn this week (Fri). We are keeping 1 or 2 to finish out and keep for our freezer. They should be ready sometime end of February or mid-March. If anyone is interested in 1/2 a hog, processed weight typically 60-75 lbs, cost would end up somewhere around $5.50 per lb when all is said and done. We would collect $4-4.25 per lb hanging weight, plus cost to process which is less than $1.00 per lb to be paid to Elmwood Locker (or Thrushwood). We deliver animal to the locker, you call them with your instructions & desired cuts and you pick up from the locker. LET US KNOW NOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RESERVE a whole or half hog...otherwise they are off to the sale barn. These are lovingly cared for, happy piggies who will yield rather lean pork.

09/11/2012

To all of those who like this page....Facebook has changed the way things work...only 5% of those who like the page will actually get my posts. In order to receive all of my posts you need to hover over the LIKE on this Page and add us to one of your Interest Groups. Sorry, it is crazy, but that's the only way you will now see 100% of LGN. It explains a lot that's been happening recently.

02/11/2012

if anybody wants to dispose of their pumpkins or jack o'lanterns, we would be happy to take them from you for our family of pigs. They love pumpkin and its got lots of vitamins for them! You are welcome to dump them into the back of my red truck which is parked outside the shop or just bring them in and I'll cart them away! If you have lots and want me to pick them up, just let me know when & where. Thanks!

05/10/2012

and, immediately following that last comment....
1/2 or whole hogs will be for sale sometime, probably by May/June. If you are interested in reserving, please let me know. Price will be based on weight and feed costs over the next 7 months. We would take them for processing, probably to Elmwood Locker, you would pick up, packaged for your freezer. More info to follow.

05/10/2012

"Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened."

17/09/2012

Recipes & Notations for Week of September 17 (last week for CSA)

13/09/2012

is anybody interested in raising turkeys? Meyer Hatchery has them on sale for $3.50 per bird straight run, 15 bird minimum order. We would take 3-4, know someone else who would want 5, that leave 6 or 7 birds. Any takers?

11/09/2012

Who hasn't yet picked up their bags of produce this week?

10/09/2012

Recipes & Notations for Week of Sept 10

07/09/2012

FYI, Robert found this online. This is what a single CSA share looks like in Chicago at the Green Grocer:

September 11th - December 22nd
$17 per week or order a double share (twice the
produce) for only $29 per week. A single share is
roughly enough to feed two adults for 3-4 meals.
An example of what you might expect to find in a single share is:

4 Apples
3 Pears
1 bunch of Beets
1 Butternut squash
1 bag Argula
2lbs of Heirloom Tomatoes

04/09/2012

Recipes & Notations for Week of September 3

01/09/2012

A farmer's perspective 9/1/2012: I put a 450 gallon water tank below a downspout on our garage. With the rain we got it filled to the top. The rain also helped loosen the soil so that I can finally start some fall crops. I am hopefully going to get some lettuce, broccoli, and spinach in this weekend. The soaking rain also means that the soil will have enough moisture to plant garlic next month.

01/09/2012

Remember kids, pick up produce this Tuesday, Sept 4th! We'll be closed for the holiday on Monday. Everybody have a fun-filled, safe Labor Day!

28/08/2012

Recipes & Notations for Week of August 28

26/08/2012

Vintages will be closed Monday, Aug 27 (& the Monday of Labor Day). We will reopen on Tuesday at 11:30. Produce can be picked up Tuesday.

23/08/2012

Hey CSA customers...your pick-ups are moving from Monday to Tuesday for the next 2 weeks! This weekend, both families of growers will be in Chicago and not available to harvest on Sunday or man the shop on Monday. (Vintages will actually be closed on Monday). Then, next Monday is the Labor Day holiday and we will be closed again. SO, TUESDAY pick up of your CSA shares for the next 2 weeks: Aug 28 and Sept 4!!!

20/08/2012

Recipes & Notations for Week of August 20

20/08/2012

A farmer's perspective 8/20/2012:
The rain that we had last week helped to loosen the soil a but but it is still very dry. We would need a few days of rainfall like what we got last week to replenish the soil moisture up to what it needs to be and even then the deeper subsoil would ne be moist enough. I am going to try to plant some fall crops this week including zucchini, lettuce and spinich (in the hoophouse), and the broccoli and cauliflower that I started in flats a few weeks back.

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1612 Knox Road 1550 N
Dahinda
UNITED STATES

General information

The Local Growers' Network (and/or it's owners) are proud to be a member of the following organizations: Illinois Stewardship Alliance Illinois Specialty Growers Association Illinois Vegetable Growers Association Central Illinois Sustainable Farming Network Buy Fresh Buy Local, Central Illinois Buy Fresh Buy Local, Quad Cities Chapter

Telephone

+13092971443

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Farm fresh eggs available on-farm only, if hens are laying:
chicken, goose, duck, turkey

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