Here at the Chestnut Street Inn we take using the freshest locally available ingredients very seriously. It isn’t uncommon for Chef Monika to visit 4 farms in a day looking for eggs, meat, produce, flour and more. Here are just some of the places we recommend as well as a few other special excursions you may want to check out while visiting Bureau County and the surrounding areas.


Meadow Haven Farm

Certified Organic Pastures specializing in beef, chicken, pork and more-We buy our eggs here regularly and they are the best!-Jeremy and Cherie House & Allan & Jeanne Sexton, 17380 575 E. St, Sheffield, IL 61361/815-303-6226. If you are interested in ordering from them, let us know and we can call them in advance to place an order for you so it is ready when you come.

Boggio’s Orchard and Produce

Is a family-oriented owned orchard and produce. Their Orchard includes freshly picked produce, bakery, a craft store, livestock farm and local craft shows. Boggio’s fruits, vegetables, petting zoo, corn mazes, pony rides and more are truly a joy for everyone in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. 12087 IL Highway 71, Granville, IL 61326. Phone: 815-339-2245. E-mail:

Tiskilwa Farms Alpaca


Best time of year is Spring when all the babies are being born!-11809 1100 North Avenue
Tiskilwa, IL 61368/309-895-3004/


Bauer Custom Meats

Raises all natural, pastured beef, pork, poultry and more-Anthony & Sandy Bauer, Mineral, IL/309-288-5110

Coneflower Farm

CSA and our most frequent stop for fresh produce and honey. Small family owned farm that also sells their produce at the Princeton Farmers Market.-Dennis, Ellen, Simon, Anna and Luke Zehr, 18347 1250 N Ave, Tiskilwa/815-646-4809.

Plow Creek Farm

Pick your own delectable berries. Also grow a variety of vegetables, grass fed beef and whole wheat high gluten flour that we use for our home baked breads here at the inn.-19183 Plow Creek Road, Unit 2 Tiskilwa, IL 61368-9126/815-646-4862.

Red Barn Nursery

Nursery and farm raising pastured sheep.-15722 645 E. St, Sheffield, IL 61361/815-454-2294.

Country Corner

CSA, Corn Maze, Haunted Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Pick Your Own.-5333 U.S. Highway 150
2 mi. North of Alpha, Illinois 61413/309-629-2359/

Tanners Orchard

Pick your own. Gift Shop. Bakery. Corn Maze. Opens in July.-740 State Route 40, Speer, IL 61479/309-493-5442/

Princeton Area Farmers Market

May-Oct-3pm-6pm Tuesday and 8am-Noon Saturday. Located at park right beside the Amtrak Station.

A Hundred Acres Orchard and Market

A Hundred Acres Orchard and Market is an Apple Orchard that also grows raspberries, sweet corn, pumpkins, Indian corn and some vegetables. They open in April and will end their season in December with Christmas trees and Christmas decor. They have a kids play area, hayrack rides, corn maze and a picnic area so families can come spend the day at the orchard, as well as local honey right from the orchard. They also serve lunch Tues-Sun 11-2. Don’t forget to get a dozen or two of their apple cider donuts. 14180 1800 East Street, Princeton, IL 61356. 815-915-8145.