“Life follows the rhythm of the seasons."
This is not your ordinary campground. Located on a certified organic farm in the rolling hills of northern Illinois, Kinnikinnick Farm’s Feather Down farm tents (part of the Feather Down Farms franchise) offer guests a charming and authentic farm stay experience.
From spring through fall, guests can stay in the spacious wood-floored tents and enjoy beds made with European style linens; wood stoves, along with kindling and wood to cook and keep warm; and fresh, local foods. With no electricity inside the tents, evening light is provided via oil lamps and candles. Hot showers and flush toilets are located in a nearby bathhouse.
The farm was originally founded in 1849, and has been in continuous production since. David and Susan Cleverdon purchased the farm in 1987 and began their organic garden in 1993. Now, they sell their certified organic produce directly to farmers market customers and Chicago-area chefs, as well as partnering with a program that helps feed Chicago’s homeless.
Food and Chores
Guests are welcome to help out with some of the farm chores, like collecting eggs, feeding animals, and harvesting crops, or they may choose to simply explore the countryside and relax.
At Kinnikinnick Farm, guests can purchase meal components like meats, eggs, and produce, then grill outside or cook over their woodstove. The farm also offers “arrival meals” for the first night, and during particular times of year, the outdoor wood-fired oven is available for build-your-own pizza nights.
For folks who want to carry on the fresh, seasonal cooking back home, the farm has a recipe page on their website.
To learn more about Kinnikinnick Feather Down Farm visit their listing here on Farm Stay U.S., then head over to their website to book next year's vacation!
(All photos courtesy Kinnikinnick Farm; Coral VonZumwalt)
Nearly a mile high in the Southern Cascades, 440 acre Willow-Witt Ranch offers an experience you won’t forget. Whether you’re there for the spectacular views, a family-friendly farm stay full of activities, an event hosted on the ranch, or simply to just get away and relax, you’ll find it all at this off-grid ranch.
Through sustainable agricultural and forest management, energy independence, and wetland restoration, Willow-Witt Ranch has created quite the traveler’s dream of a rural getaway. This family-friendly ranch is a great place to bring friends and the kids along, but also offers a peaceful secluded location for couples and adults who just want to get away from it all.
Before Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt took over stewardship and named their Willow-Witt Ranch, dairy cows and beef cattle grazed this ranch valley for more than 100 years. Restoration included fencing livestock out of critical wetland habitat, prioritizing forest planting and re-growth, and practicing sustainable farm management. In 2009 the ranch was recognized with the Watershed Friendly Steward Award. For a more in-depth history of the ranch, you can visit its website here (Ranch History)
The ranch offers an array of goods, including farm-fresh eggs, goat milk, a variety of meats and organic compost.
Willow-Witt is a community supported agricultural ranch with sustainably-raised and organically fed livestock. If you spend the night at one of the multiple farm stay options, make sure to request a grocery list of farm-grown meats and vegetables and your fridge will be stocked for your arrival. Willow-Witt is hugely involved with the Ashland Growers’ Farmers Market. You can also browse through their online farm store and get a look at what they have to offer (Online Farm Store).
From birding and hiking miles of wooded trails with pack goats to farm stays, tours, and the occasional weekend event hosted on the farm, Willow-Witt is full of family-friendly and community-oriented activities.
Kids and adults are more than welcome to help out with chores, which they often end up enjoying. Who would have thought that doing chores could be so much fun! Playing with the farm animals and gardening are two other farm favorite activities for guests on the ranch.
Willow-Witt offers a variety of ways to stay on the farm: a furnished farmhouse studio with loft, the Meadow House, deluxe platform tents, and, if you want to pitch a tent, there are private campsites nestled within the trees.
The Farmhouse Studio sleeps up to six, features a wood stove and full kitchen and overlooks beautiful meadows.
The Meadow House, a beautiful three bedroom two bath is available for farm stay or just the day for events.
Glamping, or glamorous camping, is another vacation option on the ranch. Platform tents and campsites come with the use of a fully equipped kitchen, hot showers, towels, bathrooms, and a complimentary tour of the farm.
Your next adventure starts here. Plan your trip and (Book Now). If you’d like more information, check out their (Farm Stay profile here).
(Photo Credit: Willow-Witt Ranch)
NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT!
Another new member to the Farm Stay U.S. website this year is Pebble Cove Farm on Orcas Island, Washington.
Overlooking Massacre Bay on Orcas Island, this south facing salt water farm grew out of a dream of raising children by the sea. Guests may stroll through the organic garden and enjoy in-season produce, collect organic eggs, pick berries, and visit with the goats and Buddy the pony.
Pebble Cove Farm welcomes guests of all ages to stay in one of their studio suites, the family suite, or the cottage. Weddings, family reunions, and other special events may be held at the farm.
To learn more and plan a visit, check out the Pebble Cove Farm listing here on Farm Stay U.S.!
(Photos courtesy Pebble Cove Farm)
Please help us extend a warm welcome to High Breeze Farm in Highland Lakes, New Jersey to the Farm Stay U.S. website.
This family operated 165 acre farm is located adjacent to the Appalachian Trail and surrounded by Wawayanda State park, which gives it a secluded feeling while still being close to area attractions. High Breeze Farm grows organic fruits and vegetables for their CSA and farm stand, as well as 100% grass fed beef, pastured pork, and free range eggs. Their family Jersey cow provides milk and guests can enjoy the opportunity to make butter and cheese.
The High Breeze house is a private 3 bedroom + loft home, with the capacity to sleep 12. It has a fully equipped kitchen for self-prepared meals. Guests of all ages are welcome to observe or participate in daily farm activities. Weddings, family reunions, and other special events may be held at the farm.
To learn more and plan a visit, check out the High Breeze Farm listing here on Farm Stay U.S.!
(Photos courtesy High Breeze Farm)
Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to four new site
members who joined us in November! Here are some quick highlights
from their listings:
Kitts Marsh Farm
Prince Federick, Maryland
Patuxent riverfront cabin just feet from sandy shore and
pier. Fishing, crabbing, swimming, and kayaks available. Glamping
on our working farm - farming in beautiful Calvert County, MD since
1707. We sustainably raise grass fed Angus beef and a variety of
cage free laying hens, and we just added meat rabbits. We raise and
harvest our own hay for winter use. Lots of berries to pick in
season: raspberry, blueberry & blackberry. We also have a herb
& vegetable garden.
Snug Hollow Farm
The Homestead is a large house on six acres of lakefront
property with over a mile of nature trails, chickens, bees, two
teaching gardens, gray-water, rain catchment, and compost systems,
and a fruit tree orchard. The house, partially powered by solar,
includes 5 bedrooms, a large kitchen with a walk-out screened in
porch for nutrition/cooking classes, a large meeting space with a
view of the gardens and lake, an art space dedicated to all things
messy in the walk-out basement, and a children's education
classroom with an attached greenhouse. We encourage guests to stay
overnight for activities, workshops, and events.
Chelsea Sun Inn
Rolling hills, cornfields, deer and farm animals abound at
this farm stay located near the Delaware Water Gap. Year around
activities are available for adventure seekers as well as
opportunities for exploration or relaxation. This stunning bed and
breakfast, with its luxury accommodations, captures the flavor and
concept behind Tuscany's agri-tourism, all on an operating farm,
vineyard, and winery. Perfect for a weekend getaway, just 70 miles
from New York City or Philadelphia. Schedule a relaxing couples'
massage or enroll in an introductory wine-making course as you
participate in making your own case of select wine and custom
Wow, what a great month we had in July for new members!
Please join us in giving a hearty welcome to these newly listed
farms. Here are some quick highlights from their
Chantilly Ridge Alpacas
Port Orange, Florida
We are a family run full service Alpaca Farm (meaning we do
all the work), located in beautiful Port Orange, FL.
Come and help out on the farm, feed and play with the
Alpacas, chickens, bunnies. Relax by a beautiful pool (get a
wonderful massage, optional ) or visit the many interesting places
Daytona Beach and surrounding areas have to offer.
Pholia Farm Goat Cheese
Rogue River, Oregon
Go glamping in a charming, refurbished 1970 Airstream Land
Yacht in a private setting on a real goat cheese farm. Participate
in milking and farm chores if you like, feed baby goats in the
spring, or hike our forest trails. The farm is completely off the
power grid and nestled on 24 acres of forest and farmland. It is
family run, sustainable, and organically managed.
Sweet Retreat Guesthouse and
The guesthouse is perfect for short or extended vacations.
To get you started, we stock the guesthouse with ample breakfast
fixings for your first morning meal. We invite you to help yourself
to fresh veggies from our lush garden in summer, and to
complimentary maple syrup from our sugarhouse year round throughout
Harvest Village, an organic, centennial farm features
natural meat products from grass fed cattle and sheep; pastured
heritage pigs; free range heritage turkeys; and free range chicken
Beautiful and private historic farm in southern Maine. I
raise English Shire horses, Nubian and Nigerian goats, chickens,
and pigs. Delicious Chevre cheese and luxurious goat milk soap are
products from my goats. Almost everything I serve is from the
garden or from my animals. The animals are all treated humanely and
they live happily and freely on the farm.
West Simsbury, Connecticut
Over the past 30 years, driven by Nevin Christensen's
Eco-environmental vision, Flamig Farm has grown from a small egg,
organic vegetable, and strawberry operation to a richly varied,
education and entertainment, farm complex and petting zoo.
West Kill, New York
Set in a high mountain valley, in the heart of the Catskill
Region, Newton Farm Collective is a small market garden organic
farm on 50 acres of rolling pasture and woodland.The farm dates
back to the 1840's and retains all of its charm and curiosity, the
setting is truly tranquil and peaceful.
Serina Harvey and her two sisters founded Flip Flop Ranch in 2003. The ranch, located in the desert of Southern California near Big Bear Lake, combines a farm stay with heritage livestock and farming therapy for women who have been victims of domestic violence. The ranch's mission is "To build healthy relationships between people and the world around them." We are excited to share our interview with Serina, and give you the inside scoop on this fascinating place.
We are glad to welcome two new members to the Farm Stay U.S. family! Introducing...
Cherry Hill Farm, Cheraw, South Carolina
The Dawg House, a cheery vacation cabin at Cherry Hill Farm, is a perfect South Carolina getaway for pet lovers. Nestled next to a pond and a young hardwood plantation, the cabin offers a relaxing spot from which to head out and fish, watch birds and other wildlife, and even bring your art supplies and do some painting.
Cherry Hill Farm can accommodate two guests in the cabin, which features a queen bed, private bath, living area, and a small full kitchen for self-prepared meals. All pets are welcome, as are children under 12, weddings, family reunions, and other special events.
Featherfoot Farm, Aurora, Maine
A beautiful, organic, homsteading farm in downeast Maine, Featherfoot Farm offers guests the opportunity to enjoy the farm life with their organic gardens, horses, cows, and goats. And don't forget the chickens!
The private, three bedroom guest house can accommodate up to six guests. A 16' x 16' cabin can accommodate two and features a loft and woodstove. Breakfast and dinner are served family style, and there is a full kitchen. The farm welcomes children under 12, weddings, parties, and other special events, and they also offer children's camps.
While farm stay lodging can be an added source of
revenue, most farms focus on growing for their living. Many
sell wholesale, but, more and more, local farmer's markets are
offering a direct farm to table revenue outlet that allows
small-scale production farm to cover costs and even make a
Farmer's markets, once seen as the hippie alternative, have gone
main stream in the past 10 years, tripling in numbers between 2000
and 2009. It is estimated there were 5300 farmer's markets across
the U.S. by fall 2009 (Farmer's Market Coalition).
As of summer 2010, the Chicago Tribune reports there are 6132, a
16% increase from a year ago!
Many of the farms on this site sell at their local farmer's
markets. We are highlighting just a few, but an Advanced
Search for Activities/Farmer's Markets will let you know many who
sell this way.
At Bee Green Farm, in Three Rivers CA, all
produce is grown and certified organic. Seasonal fruits includes
apples, apricots, oranges, persimmons, plums, and mulberries.
Culinary herbs are also available. Bettina sells at the
Culver City and Echo Park farmer's markets on Fridays and
Dog Mountain Farm, in Carnation WA,
serves the Snoqualmie Valley community and Seattle area by
providing farm-fresh vegetables, fruit, eggs, herbs, flowers, and
poultry meat. The farm uses sustainable, organic growing practices
and their poultry ranges free all day. They can be found on
different days at four Seattle farmer's markets: Queen Anne,
Phinney, Magnolia, Broadway.
Serenbe Farms, in Palmetto GA, is a
certified organic farm in the rural Chattahoochee Hill
country. The farm produces over 350 varieties of vegetables,
flowers, herbs, mushrooms, and eggs on about five of the 25 acres.
The Serenbe Farmers and Artists Market is an eclectic market
comprised of small local and sustainable growers, artisans, and
craftsmen and is open from May to November
Whitefish Bay, in Sturgeon Bay WI,
produces Corriedale sheep and thus participates in a different sort
of market, the Door County Shepherds' Market every spring. The
Market is held to promote products from sheep, goats and camelids,
and to educate the public about the animals, the fibers they
produce, and the traditional handcrafts that use these fibers.
As a creative extension of the farmer's market, Nina DeBar, of
Ambrosia Farm in Bridgewater NY, was
awarded a USDA grant to launch a company called Farmers Frozen
Foods that freezes the day's left over produce from farmers markets
and packages it for home freezers, thus extending the life of the
No farm sells all its produce at a farmer's market so usually
there is some remaining for farm stay guests! Whether you are
allowed to graze the gardens or are charged for what you pick,
you'll be eating about as fresh as it comes.
Want to know more about farmer's markets? There is a great site
on Face Book with over 47,000 members, all sharing regional
information. It's called, I Support
Farmer's Markets. Join in and become part of the
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