Aerial photo of Down River Farm in East, Peoria, IL
Sunset on the Farm (with Poppy looking curious)
Down River Farm supplies Peoria with the freshest and finest of vegetables in the area.
The farmer grew up exploring the Fox River three hours north in the suburbs of Chicago. Recently, he came to discover that the Fox River is a tributary to the Illinois River, the river that flows through Peoria. He's simply movin' on down the river, hence the name of the farm.
Metaphorically, the name also suggests the farm's hopes to mitigate an agricultural system that negatively affects people and communities down river.
To that effect, Down River Farm aims to minimize the use of fossil fuels by growing in and selling to Peoria, buying local amendments whenever possible, and utilizing only a two-wheeled tractor and hand tools for working the land. Read more about our practices here.
Down River Farm plans on selling produce at the Peoria Riverfront Market, the Pekin Farmers Market, to a small group of CSA members, and through wholesale accounts in the Peoria area.
With a small propagation house to start seeds and at least one more hoophouse (hopefully two!) for tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, we hope to extend our growing season just enough to stay relevant in this competitive market.