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Champaign’s Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery now owned by Martinelli’s Market

Prairie Fruits Farm in the summer with blooming sunflowers and outdoor dining set up under a covered patio on a blue skied day.
Alyssa Buckley

The new owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery are no strangers to the Champaign food scene. Prairie Fruits Farm is now owned by the same people who own Martinelli’s Market & Deli. The purchase includes the farm, barns, creamery, retail store, farmhouse, and all the cute goats. The leasing agent was Alisa DeMarco, who was once the chef for the speciality dinners at PFF.

A close up of a female goat at Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery.
Alyssa Buckley

Prairie Fruits Farm founders Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband will remain involved in a hands-on consulting way. The new owners plan to continue the creamery’s award-winning cheese production and hope to offer on-site farm-to-table dining. Currently, PFF is closed for the winter, but there will be a grand re-opening in the spring with cute baby goats and plenty of fresh cheese. If you really love goats, sign up on the farm’s website to volunteer for feeding baby goats.

Follow Martinelli’s Market and Prairie Fruits Farm (and the owners’ other businesses Pekara Bakery & Bistro and Central Illinois Bakehouse) on Facebook to stay up to date.

Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
4410 N Lincoln Ave

Editor’s Note (Feb 12th / 9:10 a.m.): This SPlog has since been updated to correct Wes Jarrell’s last name. We apologize for this error.

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