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Mint Creek Farm

Bio

Sheep graze on organically certified alfalfa, clover and perennial grasses at Mint Creek Farm. In the winter they are fed hay raised at Mint Creek and kelp for trace minerals. "We know that there are many benefits to raising animals without feeding them grain," says Harry Carr, who runs the farm with his wife, Gwen, and their children, Jonathan and Raya, pictured with her dad. "Our lambs, grazing our high-quality legumes and grasses, are lean, fit, and healthy, yet our meat, unlike much grass-fed meat, is not overly lean." The fat, says Carr, contains some of the substances most desirable for health as well as for flavor. The Carrs studied biodynamic agriculture at the Michael Fields Institute in Troy, Wisconsin, a learning center devoted to furthering agricultural practices that sustain the land and its resources. In 1992, they bought 50 acres and now have 220. The sheep were originally part of their plan to rescue soil that had been depleted by modern mainstream agricultural practices. Today, the soil thrives, and so do the sheep.


Certifications

  • USDA Certified Organic

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Mint Creek Farm

Contact

Harry Carr
815-953-5682
1693E 3800 N Road
Stelle, IL 60919
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Meats & poultry

Lamb

Participation

  • All year (outdoor and indoor markets)

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Location & hours

May through October
South End of Lincoln Park at the intersection of Clark and Lincoln.
Wednesdays and Saturdays
7am–1pm

November through April
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2430 N. Clark St.
Saturdays, 8am–1pm

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Business office:
2732 North Clark Street
Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 880-1266

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