Lake County is full of great businesses, events, forest preserves and farms. With so many family farms in the area, there are also a variety of places to get farm fresh eggs. If you haven’t had a farm fresh egg, then have you really ever eaten an egg? The yolks are richer and brighter, the taste (in my opinion) is far superior, it’s fresher (days old versus 2 to 4 weeks old at the grocery store) and you are supporting your neighbor and the ethical treatment of adorable animals. Happy chickens! Don’t know where to start your hunt for farm fresh eggs? Don’t fret–Little Lake County has done the work for you!
Tempel Farm Organics
17970 W. Millburn Rd., Old Mill Creek
Farmstand hours are: Fridays 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., June through October. Check their website for official opening day. They also sell lots of fresh veggies, locally raised meats, honey and flowers. It’s great to bring the kids to the farmstand, as you can see the chickens and visit the goats.
Prairie Wind Family Farm
32400 N. Harris Road., Grayslake| 847-986-4600
Located at Prairie Crossing, Prairie Wind Family Farm offer shares of their eggs for pick up and occasionally they will have eggs for sale at Prairie Crossing Farm open house events. They also offer meat and produce. Contact them for their CSA and product availability.
35660 Drury Lane, Lake Villa | (847) 223-8761
Ehorns Eggs is a very small hobby farm, so their egg production varies from day to day. They are very passionate about their chickens and could talk to you all day about them! Contact them by phone or check on Facebook for egg availability and a time to stop by.
Frillman Farms, LLC
16737 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View | (847) 287-9950
Producing eggs since 2009, this family farm takes great pride in providing a proper free-roaming environment and diet. They offer annual contracts for buying eggs. You may also stop by to purchase eggs, honey and produce, just be sure to contact them ahead of time so that someone will be available to help you on your visit.
Radical Root Organic Farm
Located at Casey Farm, 31330 N. IL Route 21, Libertyville | (815) 830-6653
Fridays 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., May through October
Another great farmstand that you can visit and check out the actual working farm, as well as purchase great items such as veggies, soap, local meats, honey and more.
Cole McKenna Honey Farm
19520 Kelly Rd., Lake Villa| (847) 514-9227
Eggs eggs and eggs. Cole McKenna Honey Farm sells them for $5 per dozen. They also have duck eggs for $8 per dozen.
Duck Tail Farm
32400 Harris Rd., Grayslake | (847) 665-9804
That’s right, duck eggs! You are welcome to contact them for egg pick-up or you can purchase their duck eggs at the AREA General store in Mundelein.
1401 Middlefork Dr., Lake Forest | (847) 234-1966
Elawa Farm has recently started collaborating with Eggceptional Abilities. The eggs come from chickens loving cared for by Trevor & Fivel, two young men with autism. Eggceptional Abilities uses veggie scraps from the garden to feed the chickens and Elawa Farms now sells their eggs at their market. Come pick up your 1/2 dozen for $3.50 and support a wonderful local business!
Local Farmers Markets
Market season has just begun is some areas. Check out Jessica’s list of local Farmer’s Markets in Lake County. There are wonderful vendors there with farm fresh eggs such as Farmer Nick and Lester’s Bison Farm.
Do you know of more local farms to purchase eggs? Give your favorite a “shout out” in the comments section below!