Leslie Cooperband: Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery


  • 4410 N. Lincoln Ave.
    Champaign, IL 61822

  • (217) 643-2314 PHONE


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When Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband moved from an urban and academic life in Madison, Wisconsin to a rural farm in Champaign, they converted their traditional grain farm into a perennial farm with a lush cover crop of buckwheat and planted over 250 fruit trees and 600 berry plants. They also bought four Nubian goats and soon took a chance on cheese-making. Today, their farm is a Grade A goat dairy and farmstead creamery with over 70 milkers, while also producing perennial crops. They produce mostly French-inspired cheeses with roots in their deep, dark, prairie soils right on the farm each week. But it doesn't end there. Wes and Leslie traveled to Europe to learn the art of making gelato and are currently the only known goat's milk gelato producers, with flavors sourced from their own or local Illinois farms. Their products can be purchased at Urbana's Market at the Square, the Land Connection Farmer's Market, Chicago's Green City Market  as well as Common Ground Food Co-op, Strawberry Fields, World Harvest Foods and Cheese and Crackers, or during their open hours on the farm.  


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Leslie Cooperband: Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery

4410 N. Lincoln Ave.
Champaign, IL 61822
(217) 643-2314 PHONE

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