Hi there! 3 Winds Farm is a local naturally grown pork and produce farm in Manteno, Illinois, in Kankakee County. Bill and Nicoele both grew up in this county. We have 5 children between us from ages 12 to 21. Nicoele has been farming full-time since she and her late husband bought the farm in 2001. Bill jumped right in to farming with Nicoele when they got together. Bill also works as the General Manager at Power Solutions Plus, a lawn and power equipment store in St. Anne, Illinois.
We were proud to be nominated and to receive the Kankakee Daily Journal Innovator in Agriculture Award in 2017. We also enjoy participating in the ultimate culinary pork competition, Cochon 555, each Spring in Chicago. Cochon is a fantastic non-profit fundraiser to raise awareness of sustainable pork farmers and restaurants who use farm to table practices. 5 Chefs, 5 Farms, and 5 Sommoliers compete in each city to be crowned the Prince or Princess of Pork.
3 Winds Farm raises heritage Hungarian Mangalitsa lard breed pork. These beautiful, docile "wooly pigs" live in the pasture and barn, to forage and bask in the sun or snow freely, or seek out shelter, like pigs were meant to live. We sell this highly coveted, naturally red, beautifully marbled, pork in retail cuts that are processed, packaged, and fresh frozen at our butcher for ultimate freshness. 1/2 or whole hog is available by special order. The lard is a clean, beautiful snowy white and is coveted by chefs, bakers, and home cooks for baking, cooking, smoking, and charcuterie. It is also used to make candles, soap, and other body products. In the sustainable farm world we call this "snout to tail", or, whole animal butchery. Nothing goes to waste. The skin also makes the most delicious pork rinds!
3 Winds also grows chemical free vegetables and herbs using bio-intensive farming methods to build soil health and preserve our land. We love our birds and pollinator insects, who help us grow beautiful pest and disease free produce. We grow many varieties including heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, salad mixes, greens, eggplant, sweet peppers, potatoes and other root veggies, just to name a few!
We offer weekly vegetable and herbs packages, called a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) during the Illinois growing season. We provide on Farm safe distance pick up and also offer local delivery. We will also have a farm stand open here on the farm when veggies and pork are available. You can find out more info on our website, our Instagram, and our Facebook page. We love working with our community and look forward to serving you! Feel free to message, email, or call us with any questions you may have. We love getting to know and talking to the folks in our community!
Find us on the web at https://www.3windsfarm.com; or Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @3windsfarm
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