Ogle County Farm Stroll offers glimpse into what is growing locally

A hayrack of visitors is pulled across one of the grazing fields at Dietrich Ranch during the first Farm Stroll in Ogle County. This year's event is scheduled for Oct. 15.

OREGON – If you want to see a beekeeper in action, pick your own apples and berries, or watch cattle graze on grass, the University of Illinois Extension has an event for you.

The Ogle County Farm Stroll, a self-guided driving tour of highly diversified family farms, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

There will be farm tours, demonstrations and fresh local food samplings and sales. The event will take place rain or shine.

Farms participating in this year’s event are Barnhart’s Stone Corner, 2169 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon; Berry View Orchard, 7504 W. Midtown Road, Mount Morris; Dietrich Ranch, 4575 N. Leaf River Road, Mount Morris; Hough’s Maple Lane Farm, 3788 N. Mount Morris Road, Mount Morris, Orion Organics, 885 W. Stone Barn Road, Franklin Grove; and Happily Homegrown, 4938 S. Scout Road, Oregon.

Antique farm equipment and farming history are just some of the highlights of the event.

How does the stroll work? Just choose which farms you want to see, and create your own route using the map and brochure provided. This is a free event, but bring some cash to stock up on local, farm-fresh products.

Follow Ogle County Farm Stroll on Facebook for up-to-the-minute information, brochures, maps and spotlight features on each farm at https://www.facebook.com/northernilfarmstroll.

Contact program coordinator Cindy Jankiewicz at the Extension’s Ogle County office at 815-732-2191 or cjankie@illinois.edu.

Earleen Hinton

Earleen oversees production and content of 8 community weeklies and has worked for Shaw Newspapers since 1985.