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"A group of local families helping to change the world by producing fresh foods for kitchens across Illinois."

 

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Windy Knoll Produce


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History of Our Farm

I started Windy Knoll Produce in 2008 as a 10 year old who was interested in farming. The first year, Windy Knoll consisted of a one-eighth acre patch of Illinois soil in the far north eastern corner of McLean County.

In 2009, Windy Knoll doubled in size to ¼ acre.

In 2010, after realizing good success the previous two years, I expanded again – this time to a full two acre farm. On this new enlarged plot, I produced a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Our Products

Two of my more unique crops are Serviceberries and Painted Mountain Indian Corn.

Serviceberries were first used by Native Americans for making pemmican but can be used in pies and jams.  Painted Mountain corn can be milled into a speckled meal and is a colorful addition to soups and other dishes.

Also, I have picked and raised mulberries, blackberries, peas, green beans, lettuce, spinach, parsley, sweet and hot peppers,  tomatoes, sweet potatoes and more without using herbicides and only organic methods of insect control.  But I really enjoy the Indian corn which has been a unique ingredient enjoyed by Chicago chefs.

A majority of the produce grown at Windy Knoll is marketed to specialty restaurants in Chicago, Bloomington, Champaign and other central Illinois cities.   2010 was the first year for our weekly Local Produce Bag program.  This was a joint effort with my younger sister and another neighboring member of the Stewards of the Land. Our customers are committed to receiving one bag every week throughout a 16 week season. Occasionally, Windy Knoll also supplies some produce to two grocery stores in Livingston County.

The Stewards of the Land

Windy Knoll is a part of The Stewards of the Land, LLC, a group of local families helping to change the world by producing fresh foods for kitchens across Illinois. 

Our focus is to produce food that is better for you, better for your kids, and better for the planet.

Enjoyed in award-winning restaurants, local food shops, and many family homes across the area, the food produced by the Stewards of the Land is fresh, chemical-free and delicious.



Derek Stoller
29835 N 3360 East Road, Chenoa, IL 61726
bkstoller@maxwire.net
(815) 848-7222