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

Mint Creek Farm is an organic livestock and poultry farm located in Stelle, IL, roughly 85 miles south of Chicago, IL. We produce high quality grass-fed meat and eggs from animals who graze on our certified organic pastures. At Mint Creek, we believe that all farm animals and should be raised ethically, with love and responsibility, for the good of our own personal nutrition and the longevity of our planet. 

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Owned & operated by the Carr family and many dedicated friends, the farm has grown from humble beginnings 1992, and is now over 220 Certified-Organic acres, and home to many happy sheep, cows, pigs, goats, turkeys, chickens, and ducks. We are very proud to offer our meat products for sale online and at many farmers markets and stores throughout Chicagoland. We offer a robust meat CSA program with options for home delivery or local pick-up. In addition to all this, we host a popular farm-dinner event series, offer guided tours of our farm, and seek to educate a new generation of farmers about our sustainable farming methods.  

 

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Our animals high quality of life and access to nutritionally rich farmland makes for meats of the highest quality flavor and nutritional benefit.   Our animals graze  on lush, certified-organic pastures with alfalfa, clover, wild mulberry, and other perennial grasses and forage. Our animals are never placed in feed lots or cages. Instead, our animals occupy pastured paddocks, underneath big blue skies. When the seasons turn colder, or our animals require extra feed, we use organic, non-soy, non-gmo feed without antibiotics or hormones, alongside dried grasses from our prairie.  

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Mint Creek Farm is an organic livestock and poultry farm located in Stelle, IL, roughly 85 miles south of Chicago, IL. At Mint Creek, we believe that all farm animals and should be raised with love and responsibility, for the good of our own personal nutrition, the sustainability of our planet, and the welfare of flora and fauna. 

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Owned & operated by the Carr family and many dedicated friends, the farm has grown from humble beginnings 1992, and is now over 220 Certified-Organic acres, and home to many happy sheep, cows, pigs, goats, turkeys, chickens, and ducks. We are very proud to offer our meat products for sale online and at many farmers and stores throughout Chicagoland.  In addition to all this, we host a popular farm-dinner event series, offer guided tours of our farm upon request, and seek to educate a new generation of farmers about our responsible farming methods. 

About Our Farming Methods

 

 

 

 

Mint Creek Farm's methods

 

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sustainable meats, that are good for personal nutrition, and for the future of ou

 

in order to support the biodiversity of land and to create the most nutritional meat we aim to provide life-giving, grass-fed meat and eggs for our local community and beyond. 

3. what we  sell: All meat and eggs are available via pickup at your local farmers’ market, grocery store, or co-op in the Chicago area.  We also ship our products anywhere within the United States. 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.