"A group of local families helping to change the world by producing fresh foods for kitchens across Illinois."
History of Our Farm
Settled in 1830, we are the oldest family farm in Livingston County. Since 2004, we have worked to create a diverse, sustainable & educational farm. We are proud members of Stewards of the Land because we passionately believe that small family farms have a future.
Everyday at Spence Farm is a new and interesting experience. Nothing seems to be "normal." Our crops are unique and diverse, and this would correctly describe each day on the Farm. We take care of our livestock and then meet the day's demands according to the seasons.
In the early spring, we harvest wild ramps native to our nearby woods and gather and make pure maple syrup from our long-standing grove of maple trees. In April of each year, we offer a native heirloom plant sale.
Throughout the summer and fall, we offer many varieties of heirloom vegetables - tomatoes, lettuce, beets, squash blossoms, and much more. In the fall, we also gather wild paw-paws and roasted Iroquois white cornmeal and whole wheat flour.
Many of our specialty wilds are used by chefs in Chicago and Champaign. While we do supply many “regular” heirloom vegetables, we specialize in things like ramps, nettle, lambs-quarter, and paw-paws.
The Stewards of the Land
Spence Farm is a part of The Stewards of the Land, LLC, a group of local families helping to change the world by producing fresh foods for kitchens across Illinois.
Our focus is to produce food that is better for you, better for your kids, and better for the planet.
Enjoyed in award-winning restaurants, local food shops, and many family homes across the area, the food produced by the Stewards of the Land is fresh, chemical-free and delicious.
Marty and Kris Travis
2959 N 2100 East Rd, Fairbury, IL 61739