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DINE ON THE LAND

Locavore Farm’s signature farm dinner experience

Saturdays (June - October) from 5 PM to 9 PM - advance purchase required; May and dining events after October start at 6 PM
 

In the seventh year of its journey (2022), Locavore, under the stewardship of the Jones family, embarked on a remarkable expansion that symbolizes not just growth in size but a profound deepening of its commitment to sustainable farming and ecological stewardship. Transitioning from a modest five-acre farm to a sprawling 30-acre estate (Sumac Creek) located 202 miles away from its original site, this move represents a bold leap towards realizing a vision of agriculture that is both sustainable and regenerative. The decision to convert this new acquisition from conventional farming practices to a permaculture-based approach is a testament to the family's dedication to principles that prioritize ecological health, biodiversity, and resilience.

Permaculture, a design system rooted in the observation of natural ecosystems, offers a blueprint for developing agricultural practices that work in harmony with nature, rather than against it. By adopting this approach, the Jones family aims to transform the 30-acre estate into a living example of how regenerative agricultural practices can create ecosystems that are not only productive but also self-sustaining and resilient. This involves a variety of strategies, including soil restoration techniques, water conservation measures, and the integration of crop diversity, all designed to mimic natural processes and create a balanced and healthy agricultural ecosystem.

The ambition of the Jones family goes beyond merely producing food. Through this expansion and transformation, they seek to demonstrate the potential for permaculture farming to generate not just abundance but also biodiversity, illustrating how agriculture can be a force for positive environmental change. By adopting and showcasing regenerative practices, they hope to inspire others to consider how they too can contribute to a more sustainable and food-secure future. This initiative by Locavore is a beacon of hope, showing that with vision and commitment, it is possible to work in harmony with the earth to nourish both people and the planet for generations to come.

About this Experience

Join us for the ninth year to experience our renowned Dine on the Land event at Locavore Farm. Known as a top agri-tourism spot in Illinois, Locavore Farm offers a unique farm-to-table dining experience. Each season, the Jones family cultivates ingredients for a delightful multi-course meal served at their stunning 110-ft hand-crafted farm table, placed amidst their 30-acre estate's fields and gardens. Dine on the Land is a four-hour dining getaway starting at 5 PM. Guests kick off the evening at the bar, raising a toast to the leisurely lifestyle. Sip on locally crafted beer, wine, seasonal cocktails, and bourbon lemonade while Farmer Jones leads a farm tour to explore the land and the lives at Locavore Farm.

Fresh ingredients are harvested just hours before guests arrive, transforming the outdoors into a rustic kitchen where each course is smoked, charred, and roasted. Menus showcase the flavors of seasonal vegetables and pasture-raised meats. After dining, guests gather around the fire (weather permitting) to roast marshmallows under the vast country sky.

Throughout the event, guests enjoy live music, dance on the grass, and reconnect with friends and family in the midst of Chicagoland's bountiful agricultural community at Grant Park (IL) in Kankakee County, 43 miles south of downtown Chicago.

In case of inclement weather, safety concerns, or changes in local regulations, management will decide the table's final location. Guests will be informed in advance if the event is moved indoors or outdoors. Beverages at the bar are separate and accept cash or credit. Tipping is included in your bar tab. Any dietary restrictions should be communicated before the event, and guests requesting seating together must email in advance.

Refund Policy: Due to the nature of the event, no refunds or credits will be issued for non-attendance. However, tickets can be transferred to another person. Notify us at reservations@Locavorefarm.com with the new guest's details at least 24 hours before the event or inform your replacement to provide your name upon arrival. It is your responsibility to handle ticket transfers. If an event is rescheduled due to circumstances beyond Locavore's control, the event will be rescheduled, and all tickets will be valid for the new date.

Food Policy: To maintain high-quality standards, we can only guarantee accommodations for vegan requests. Please indicate any dietary preferences during checkout if applicable to you or your group.

 

NOW AVAILABLE! Book a stay in Locavore's cottage or glamp-over after dinner: https://www.locavorefarm.com/farm-stays and https://www.locavorefarm.com/glamping

  • What is the age range for campers?
    Camp is for children age 6-13 years old.
  • What are the summer camp hours?
    Campers arrive at 8:45 AM. Pick-up is at 1:00 PM. Early morning and extended hours are available upon request and for an additional $75.
  • How much does camp cost?
    The cost per camper is $300. Cost includes snacks and lunch. Lunches will be gluten-free and vegetarian. The cost includes all materials and supplies needed for each day and activity. The cost also includes three tickets for camper to give family or friends to the Friday Feast. If camper needs additional tickets they are $35 per person and limited up to five.
  • Payment, Refund and Cancellation policy"
    All events are filled on a first-come, first served basis, and are subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, advance registration and payment is required. Payment is non-refundable.
  • What is the Friday Night Feast?
    Campers will spend the week creating and preparing for a multi-course feast for up to three family members or friends per household. These three tickets are already included in the camp fee of $275, which also includes all the campers meals and materials for the entire camp. Campers arrive Friday with their guests at 5:30 PM. Campers will walk guests around the property, show their art and science projects in the barn, and sit with their guests for a feast served at our 100-foot table set out in the field or in the barn. Following dinner, there will be a bonfire and s'mores. The evening is over around 9 PM. Cash bar will be available during the evening!
  • I have more questions, who can I contact?"
    Rachael Jones at 708.701.4320, or by email: rcjones2013@gmail.com
  • Is there a discount for siblings?
    We've reduced our cost this year to make it more affordable for families.
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