Mint Creek Farm produces specialty, grass-fed meat and eggs from animals who graze on certified organic pastures. We sell our frozen meat cuts and fresh eggs at many farmers markets throughout Chicagoland. We also offer a robust meat and dairy CSA program, with options for home delivery, mail shipping, or pick-up at a farmers' market near you.
Mint Creek Farm spans 220 acres of certified-organic pastures located near the small town of Stelle, in east-central Illinois. Our livestock and poultry thrive on lush prairie pastures and have access to open space and pasture paddocks throughout the seasons. Our cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and ducks are raised on exclusively certified organic, soy-free, non-GMO forages and feeds. Our beef and lambs are 100% grass-fed & finished. Our animals are never placed in feed lots or cages. There are no antibiotics or hormones in our animal feeds. We raise our animals with thoughtfulness, love, and extreme care. The result is lean, tender, and tasty meat, from a farm strongly motivated by personal nutrition, animal welfare, and environmental sustainability.
If you are new to grass-fed meat, pastured animals produce meat that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), Vitamin E, and beta-carotene. This is meat that is better for you and tastes delicious! We do more than simply feed our animals grass, we also set a very high standard for the purity and health of the land our animals graze on. Our pastures are OCIA organic-certified and we farm using a rotational grazing method: a system by which our livestock shares land with native plants and animals to make a mutually beneficial ecosystem. Practicing good land stewardship like this, provides a haven not just for the farm animals but for other wildlife such as snakes, turtles, & songbirds ultimately promoting resilient local ecosystems. On a global level, pastures like ours play a major role in combatting climate change, as plants fix excess carbon from air into the soil.
We are a family farm, supported by a dedicated community of staff, volunteers, and customers. We are grateful to every single person who supports our farm. By making a purchase at a market or subscribing to our CSA program you are not only contributing to your personal health, you are also making a commitment to support the sustainability of our planet and a reciprocal relationship to animal life.
Feel free to visit our website (mintcreekfarm.com), follow us @mintcreek_il or email us anytime with questions or special requests. Check out our farm events tab for information about farm tours, dinners, brunches, & festivals. These events are great opportunities to get to know the farm first-hand.
Mint Creek Farm specializes in specialty, grass-fed meat and eggs from animals who graze on certified organic pastures. We sell our frozen meat cuts and fresh eggs at many farmers markets throughout Chicagoland. We also offer a robust meat and dairy CSA program, with options for home delivery, mail shopping, or pick up at a farmers' market near you. Visit us at mintcreekfarm.com or follow us @mintcreek_il.
Season: Year round
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 75
Share Prices: Mint Creek Traditional Share includes organic-pasture raised lamb, goat, pork, beef, turkey, & chicken as well as eggs. Home delivery or pickup options are available. Amount of meat per month: Half share - 5lbs per month: $66 Whole share - 10lbs
Work Req? No
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Schedule and Location:
INDOOR, ¯WINTER/SPRING¯ FARMERS¯ MARKETS
61st Street Indoor Market -Every Saturday from 9am-2pm May thru December, then once per month Jan-April. Held inside Experimental Station, 6100 S Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, IL. Late Winter, early Spring dates left for 2015 are Saturdays Feb 14th, Mar 14th, and April 11th. Market will resume being outdoors and weekly in mid-May.
Green City Indoor Market -Every Saturday from 8am-1pm through December, then every other week Jan- April. Held inside Nature Museum, 2430 N Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL. Late Winter, early Spring dates left for 2015 are every other Saturday (Feb 21st, Mar 7th, 21st, April 4th, 18th). Then Green City Market expands to Wednesdays in addition to Saturdays and goes outdoors and weekly in the first week of May.
Logan Square Indoor Market -Every Sunday from 10-3pm, Nov-March. Held inside closed Pierre¯s Bakery building at 2755 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL. Late Winter, early Spring dates left for 2015 are every Sunday from now until the end of March. Market will take a hiatus between April-May and resume outdoors and weekly in June.
Glenwood Sunday Indoor Market -once per month from 9am-2pm, Nov-May. Held inside the Glenwood Bar 6962 N Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL. Late Winter, early Spring dates left for 2015 are March 8th, April 12th, and May 3rd and then the market returns to being open outdoors and weekly.
OUTDOOR, ¯SUMMER/FALL¯ FARMERS¯ MARKETS
Evanston Downtown Market -Every Other Saturday from 7:30am-1pm, mid-May thru early November. Held at the intersection of University Place and Oak Ave, Evanston, IL.
Horner Park Market -Every Saturday From 9am-1pm, June thru Oct. Held in Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL.
61st Street Market -Every Saturday From 9am-2pm, mid-May thru late October. Held on 61st Street and Dorchester, Chicago, IL.
Green City Market -Every Wednesday & Saturday from 7am-1pm, beginning of May thru end of October. Held in Lincoln Park between Clark St & Stockton Ave just north of where LaSalle St crosses them perpendicularly, Chicago, IL.
Andersonville Market -Every Wednesday from 2-8pm, June thru October (ends at 7pm instead of 8pm Sept-Oct). Held on Logan Blvd where it intersects with Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL.
Logan Square Market -Every Sunday from 10-3pm, June thru October. Held on Logan Blvd where it intersects with Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL.
Glenwood Sunday Market -Every Sunday from 9am-2pm, June thru October. Held on North Glenwood Ave, between Morse and Lunt St, Chicago, IL.
Wicker Park Market -Every Sunday from 8am-2pm, June thru October. Held in Wicker Park, at Damen Ave and Wicker Park Ave, Chicago, IL
We also sell our products to restaurants and grocery stores. Contact Raya Carr via email for more info.
I am SUPER DISAPPOINTED with the customer service from Mint Creek Farms and Patchwork Farms. The CSA is PRICEY and I expected excellence. The eggs are FANTASTIC - but, you can buy them at farmers markets for the same price.... [more]
This is the farm that got me to quit vegetarianism. Seeing the respect for the land that they have and the love they give to their animals will definitely make you think twice about buying that anonymous shrink-wrapped hunk of viscera from your local corporate shop.... [more]
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I have gotten lamb, beef and eggs from Mint Creek at Green City Market. They are always friendly and helpful. And their product is so yummy!
Their CSA is pretty cool too.