Mint Creek Farm: Grassfed Meats Raised on Certified Organic Prairie Pastures

About us...

Mint Creek Farm is an organic-pasture based livestock & poultry farm, that raises premium, grass-fed meats for the Chicago area. We believe that all farm animals should graze together symbiotically on perennial pastures in order to support the biodiversity and fertility of the land. Farming with this holistic, pasture-based method at our core, alongside organic agricultural methods, we aim to provide life-giving, pastured meat and eggs for our local community. Our meat and eggs are available at your local farmers’ market, as well as select grocery stores and co-ops in the Chicago area. We also offer a Meat CSA program for customers in the Chicago-area, and we can ship our products anywhere within the United States.

Our beginnings...

Mint Creek is a family farm, owned & operated by the Carr family and a few dedicated friends. Harry & Gwen Carr started the farm in 1992, beginning with 50 acres of land Stelle, IL. Since then, the farm has grown to 220 Certified-Organic acres. These organic pastures are home to sheep, cows, pigs, goats, turkeys, chickens, and ducks. The Carrs studied Biodynamic agriculture at the Michael Fields Institute and learned that planting perennial grasses and legumes is the first step in revitalizing farmed-out land. They also saw demonstrations of how to rotationally graze livestock, and learned how frequent movement of grazing animals is good for animal, forage, and soil health. Harry learned to plant mixes of legumes and grasses suited to the different conditions of the farm through trial and error and by talking to area farmers. 

Our Environmental Impact...

Mint Creek Farm strives for the symbiotic relationship of animal and land. Who would have guessed that a combination so simple as sheep on grass could help with global climate change? Grasses and legumes naturally process and fix carbon in the soil. Rotationally grazing perennial pasture is actually one of the best carbon-dioxide-absorbing natural systems there is— even better than planting trees, because the forage plants are kept in their vegetative state by the regular grazing of livestock.

Mint Creek Farm is also a safe haven for native species of plants and birds to live and nest. Soil tests show great improvements in soil fertility and texture since the land was purchased; enriching the natural prairie ecosystems that have been so depleted by modern mainstream agricultural practices.

It makes the Carrs happy to be a part of a beautiful natural ecosystem: thick swards of grasses keeping the topsoil from eroding and cleaning the air while the livestock live on it symbiotically, bolstering soil fertility. It makes them all the more proud that this ecosystem offers their family, friends, locals, and chefs some of the most delicious, healthiest grass-fed meat in the country.

Our meats...

Mint Creek Farm livestock and poultry receive pasture, forage, and feed that is Certified Organic, non-GMO, and soy-free. We practice rotational grazing, moving all of our livestock and poultry every few days to new, fresh pastures on our Certified Organic land.

Our lamb, beef, and pasture calf are 100% grass-fed and grass-finished. They receive no grain in their lifetimes. In winter, when pasture is not available, we feed them Certified Organic hay produced on local farms. 

Our goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and turkeys receive pasture throughout the growing season. To give them necessary nutrition on pasture, they are fed supplemental feed that consists of locally produced Certified Organic grains, OMRI-certified ocean fish meal as a source of protein and trace minerals, and OMRI-certified sea kelp as an additional mineral source. This feed is very carefully sourced and mixed in small batches on site at the farm.

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The curly tail of a happy Mint Creek pig!