Oak Tree Organics

 

Chad Wallace

2585 Literberry Prentice Road

Ashland, IL 62612 

 

 

We are a family owned and operated farm offering a large variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruit. Beginning this year we will also offer pasture-raised eggs and pork sausage.

 

Product Availability: Farm Stand, CSA, Farmers Market, Local Online Market 

 

Meet the Wallace Family of Oak Tree Organics

By: Lindsay Miller, Summer Intern

 

As part of our Featured Farmer series, I had the pleasure of visiting with the Wallace family and taking a tour of their organic farm in rural Ashland, Il.  I was already familiar with Oak Tree Organics, from being a resident of Ashland myself and growing up with Chad and Dana’s oldest children; daughter Amanda and son Kyle. My memories of their farm include get togethers with the most delicious food, fishing in their farm pond, camping in their nearby timber, and playing with their youngest daughter Erin when she was a toddler.

 

In the last few years much has changed at Oak Tree Organics, but much has stayed the same. If you ask any of their customers, or anyone who has attended an event at their farm, they would agree that the Wallace’s make the most wonderful food. Not only are they good at preparing flavorful food, but they are also excellent at growing it. With over 30 different products including various produce, pork, fruit, and eggs, the Wallace family stays busy year round. During the tour I kept marveling at how much everything had grown. Their youngest daughter Erin is now 10 years old and is a big help on the farm, helping with everything from planting to harvest, and even recommending certain varieties to customers at the markets. The teeny piglets I saw in pictures on the farm’s Facebook page were out in the pasture and growing by the minute.  The farm itself has grown. They have extended their growing season, expanded their business through an online market and CSA, as well as hosted many on-farm events. Over the last few years, they have added a greenhouse, pastured pigs, and Belted Galloway cattle.

 

Because the farm is such a great example of sustainable farming, it has been a location for several local food events. Slow Food Springfield held a farm tour in March, giving the public a chance to meet their farmer and really see where their food comes from. This event included a dinner prepared by a local chef made from fresh ingredients. Later this summer, through Sister Cities Association of Springfield, Oak Tree Organics will also be the location of an event hosting delegates from Ashikaga, Japan. Their goal is to meet and discuss agricultural practices across cultures.

 

The Wallace’s grow produce year round by implementing a variety of sustainable practices including; greenhouses, low tunnels, and cold frames. Many of their customers beam about how wonderful it is to have fresh produce through the winter months. Produce can be ordered via their online market. They also provide CSA shares and deliver to the Springfield and Jacksonville areas. For more information, or to get on their mailing list email oaktreeorganics1@gmail.com.