Farms around McHenry County will offer visitors a peek into their daily lives and a look at the agriculture business for the third annual Farm Stroll.
On Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 12 McHenry County farms will open their doors for self-guided tours suitable for all ages.
McHenry County Farm Bureau Manager Dan Volkers, said that participating farms generally average more than 400 individual visitors during the event.
“This is a great opportunity to make local food connections with people,” Volkers said.
The participating farms cover a wide range of goods — from edibles, such as produce, meat and eggs, to soap and horse-riding lessons.
Cross Winds Farm in Marengo is new to the stroll this year. The equestrian farm will offer riding demonstrations and education on horse ownership and events.
“Equine education is our whole premise. We will have a horse available for kids to get up close and personal with and get to know. Our facility will be open and accessible so people can view our arena and offerings,” owner Kelly Watson said.
Attendees can visit any of the farms in any particular order, and there is no charge, though some farms may be selling produce or other farm-related products. There is no minimum-age requirement, but children must be supervised. No pets are permitted on the farm stroll.
“Any time we can connect people to their food, fiber and fuel, it’s a good thing,” Volkers said.
The Farm Stroll and Market is organized by the Farm Bureau and the University of Illinois Extension McHenry County Master Gardeners. Master Gardeners and volunteers from 4-H will assist the farms.