News & Views:  Farm Headlines

Bookmark this page for easy return. Please check shortly before making a long drive here. Crop or weather conditions may cause us to be closed at times we had previously planned to be open.

Please check the weather before coming. Try the National Weather Service or the Weather Channel hourly forecast.

Regularly updated field reports, picking schedules, and market schedules are posted below throughout the harvest season.

Farmers' Markets Schedule
There are no more Farmers' Markets for 2016, but produce
is available at our Market Barn at least through Saturday, November 19.

Would you like to receive Farm Headlines by e-mail?



beautiful blooming blueberry blossom The blueberries have been blooming about a week. We expect them to be ripe in late June.


Strawberry flower April  21, 2017Strawberry flowering April 21, 2017 I saw the first strawberry flowers in the field today. We get a ripe strawberry in about 4 weeks, but it will be a bit longer before there are many. I’d expect u-pick to open the first week of June, or maybe a little earlier.


We still have some beautiful produce at our Market Barn. There are vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet and hot pepper varieties, green onions, kohlrabi, sweet potatoes, broccoli, butternut squash, cilantro, turnips, and radishes. We have limited quantities on display, but please send a message if you are interested in larger amounts for a bulk price. The Market Barn is self serve, so please plan on paying with exact change or a check.


Saturday Farmers’ markets are over, but we still have plenty of tasty produce available at our Market Barn on Bottom Road, 1/2 mile east of Tiskilwa. There are vine ripened tomatoes, red raspberries, radishes, turnips, bok choy, peppers, sweet potatoes, chestnuts and more! It’s self-serve so please come prepared to have exact change, or pay by check.


Saturday will be a beautiful day for an autumn farmers’ market in Princeton, sunny and 65°. We plan to bring
  • green beans
  • spinach
  • sunchokes
  • chestnuts
  • black walnuts
  • red raspberries
  • tomatoes
  • tomatillos
  • winter squash
  • peppers (sweet and hot varieties)
  • raspberry and strawberry jam
  • garlic
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • lettuce
  • kale
  • rainbow chard
  • winter squash
  • cilantro
  • broccoli
  • nettles
  • eggplant
  • baby bok choy
  • turnips
  • and wheat berries
We will also bring variety of tasty Plow Creek Bakery goodies. Market opens 8:30.


Pig on pasture Pastured Pork is now available from Plow Creek Farm

Many of you may not know that in addition to the fruits and vegetables we raise here at Plow Creek we also raise pastured pork. What is pastured pork you say? Unlike commercially raised pork which spend their whole lives in indoor confinement our hogs spend their days foraging, rooting, wallowing, and expressing all their natural behaviors. In other words, we raise happy hogs. Not only is raising hogs outdoors more humane, it also produces superior pork which you just can not find in the grocery store. If you have never had heritage breed pork (our sows are Berkshire hogs) that is raised on pasture you are in for a treat. We sell our pork by the whole hog, 1/2 hog, or as a 25 pound pastured pork sampler package. The sampler package gives you a taste of the various cuts of the hog and is a good option if you don’t have a deep freezer. If you have a deep freezer or friends interested in splitting a hog with you buying a 1/2 or whole hog is the way to go as you save money that way. Now is the time to reserve your pork which is going to the meat locker in just a couple weeks. For more information you can visit our website at http://plowcreek.org/farm/pork.htm or contact Matthew at peterson@plowcreek.org.

25 pound Pastured Pork Sampler Pack

Below is an estimate of what you will receive in your 25 pound pastured pork sampler pack. There may be slight variations in the package but this gives you a pretty good sense of what cuts will make up your 25 pounds.
  • 4-5 pounds of bone in pork chops
  • 1 (5-6 pounds) ham roast and/or ham steaks
  • 8 pounds mixture of sausage (combination of breakfast sausage, bratwursts, and Italian sausage)
  • 2-3 pounds ground pork
  • 3 pounds of bacon
  • 1 package ham hocks or neck bones
Price: $160


Princeton Farmers’ Market continues every Saturday through October with plenty of great produce. This Saturday we plan to bring
  • green beans
  • sweet potato greens
  • sunchokes
  • chestnuts
  • black walnuts
  • red raspberries
  • tomatoes
  • tomatillos
  • winter squash
  • peppers (sweet and hot varieties)
  • jam
  • garlic
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • lettuce
  • kale
  • rainbow chard
  • winter squash
  • cilantro
  • broccoli
  • braising mix
  • eggplant
  • baby bok choy
  • turnips
  • radishes
  • and wheat berries
We will also bring a good assortment of Plow Creek Bakery goods. Market opens 8:30. We plan to leave at noon this week.


I thought we were not coming to Princeton on Tuesdays the rest of the season, but we have so much excellent produce, I changed my mind again. We WILL be at market on Tuesday afternoon. We plan to bring
  • Red Raspberries
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Tomatoes
  • Tomatillos
  • Peppers, green, ripe, & hot
  • Eggplant
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Cilantro
  • Winter Squash
  • Kale & Chard
  • Lettuce & Braising Mix
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Chestnuts
  • Black Walnuts
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • and Wheat Berries.
Market opens at 3:00.


Princeton Farmers’ Market continues every Saturday through October with plenty of great produce. We plan to bring
  • chestnuts
  • red raspberries
  • tomatoes
  • winter squash
  • peppers (sweet and hot varieties)
  • jam
  • garlic
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • sweet potatoes
  • lettuce
  • kale
  • rainbow chard
  • winter squash
  • cilantro
  • broccoli
  • braising mix
  • eggplant
  • baby bok choy
  • turnips
  • and wheat berries
We will also bring a good assortment of Plow Creek Bakery goods. Market runs from 8:30 to 1:00.


Once again we WILL come to Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Princeton. We have plenty of great produce. We’ll bring Red Raspberries, Tomatoes, Peppers (both hot and sweet varieties), Eggplant, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Winter Squash, Lettuce, Kale, Braising Mix, Cilantro, Garlic, Onions, Chestnuts and Chard. Market is open from 3:00 to 5:30.


We will be at farmers’ market in Princeton Saturday. We’ll bring red raspberries, tomatoes, winter squash (butternut and acorn), peppers (sweet (green and ripe) and hot varieties (jalapeno, habanero, and cayenne)), lettuce, edamame, baby bok choy, kale, cilantro, chestnuts, onions, garlic, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Plow Creek Bakery will also provide a good variety of breads, cookies, and rolls. Market is open rain or shine, and opens at 8:30. And, this Saturday, don’t miss Staci Sessler’s booth- She will be offering Peanut Butter Pumpkin Apple Dip! Staci is a SNAP ed worker with the U of I Extension. Be sure to stop by and say Hi!


We are coming to Princeton for market this afternoon. It might be our last Tuesday market this season. Although we have plenty of produce, few people have been coming by on Tuesdays. If you would like to see Tuesday market continue in October, stop by and see me. We’ll have red raspberries, tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers (sweet red and green, plus hot varieties), eggplant, potatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, cilantro, mint, garlic chives, kale, turnips, beets, winter squash, and the first chestnuts of the season. Market is open from 3:00 to 5:30.

« Older entries · 

Would you like to receive Farm Headlines by e-mail?



2016 Prices

(subject to change)
Crop U-Pick Orders Market Comment
Strawberries $2.40/ pound $3.60 / lb
10 lbs or more
$6.00 / quart
$33.50 / flat (6 qt)
U-Pick 10% discount on > 50 pounds
Blueberries $2.90 / pound $7.20 / pound $6.25 / pint
Blackberries $2.50 / pint $4.75 / pint
6 pints or more
$5.50 / pint The thorny variety should be abundant this year
Red Raspberries $3.00 /pint
10 or more pints $2.50 / pint
$5.00 / pint
6 pints or more
$6.00 / pint
Black Raspberries $3.00 / pint $6.00 / pint $6.00 / pint
Prices of additional crops are sometimes listed on the Crop Calendar page.

Call 815-646-4862 or check this page for current schedule and field conditions before coming to pick here. Weather and farm conditions are unpredictable and we'd like to spare you a trip if we will not be open.

top