Address: 5215 Walkup Road, Crystal Lake IL 60012
About Us / Walkup Heritage Farm & Gardens, Inc. History: The Walkup Heritage Farm & Gardens is located at the historic "Walkup House" in Crystal Lake, Illinois, which was built by the great, great grandparents of one of the current owners in 1856 out of cobblestones hauled 40 miles from the shores of Lake Michigan in oxcarts. The farm itself dates from 1835, and is the one of the oldest in the county. To honor the heritage of the house and family, my wife, Carolyn, and I have developed a "heritage farm" which features native plants, heirloom perennials and vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, and various heritage livestock breeds of farm animals. Carolyn is a nationally known free lance food writer and former member of the James Beard Foundation Committee and Michael is an environmental lawyer and member of the County Board. . Our animals include Tennessee Fainting Goats, Java, Dominique and Brahma chickens, Cayuga, Swedish, Ancona and Rouen ducks, Touluse and Emben geese, Silver Rabbits, Poulet Rouge meat chickens, White Holland, Black Spanish, Slate, Narragensutt and Standard Bronze turkeys, and an English Shepard Dog (Campbell). All of these are heritage breeds many of which were until recently on the verge of extinction. We also sell seed packets of heirloom seeds from Seed Savers Exchange and native prairie plant seeds from Prairie Futures Seed Company, as well as native plants and heirloom vegetable starts from our organic greenhouses. We are featuring a chicken meat CSA with Poulet Rouge free ranging chicken, heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving, and egg CSA from our chickens, ducks and turkeys, plus heirloom produce as available. We also have honey from our beehives in season as well as Shiitake mushrooms. Prices for our chicken, turkey and eggs are being adjusted for 2013 based on any increase in feed prices from the 2012 drought so call for current information. All chickens are fed certified organic feed, and range in chicken tractors (mobile pens) on organic pasture. Egg layers also have daily access to the outside and are likewise fed certified organic feed. EGG CSA shares are currently SOLD OUT and there is a waiting list. There are openings periodically so you are encouraged to call to be placed on the list. (815/477-8978).Heritage turkeys may be ordered at any time for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas pickup. The earlier you pay, the lower the price. Call for current pricing.