The sun was shining, the chickens were clucking, and Tim Frillman was excitedly sharing information about his farm, Frillman Farms LLC, located in Prairie View, IL. I shared an article last week on Facebook that talked about the desire for locally grown food in Lake County. As a result, I was introduced to Tim and he invited me over to check out the farm. When I left, I was carrying a dozen farm fresh eggs and couldn't wait to spread the news about this engaging young man and his new enterprise.
I popped over to the farm, just five minutes from my Coldwell Banker real estate office, to take a look around. Tim is friendly and excited to share information about the farm and his background. Tim has always had an interest in farming. He recalled that as a child he sat in the yard watching the tractors in his family's field that was leased to another farmer. After college, he worked as a mechanic at John Deere for two years.
During that same time he purchased 28 Red Star chickens. Tim hand-built the coop that the Red Stars resided in and learned about roosting, feeding, cleaning and care of the chickens. I was impressed that he did all of this while working full time. Last year he decided that he would make the commitment to farm full time. In October, 2011 he obtained his business license. He now has about 160 Red Star chickens that produce 10-12 dozen eggs per day. Their home is a pole barn where they roam freely and are able to exit to a small, fenced pasture area.
Tim also has planted the fields with a plethora of herbs and vegetables including onions, dill, thyme, oregano, a variety of lettuces, cucumbers, and tomatoes to name a few! Approximately 97% of Frillman Farm vegetables and herbs are heirloom varieties. He uses organic fertilizers and natural pesticides. I'm sure there must be an abundance of chicken manure for fertilizing!
Big Bowl restaurant currently has a contract for Frillman Farms eggs. Soon the eggs will also be found at Urban Orchard in Chicago. Tim has contracts with local families who buy a dozen or two each week. Tim also participates in local farmers markets; Deerfield on Saturdays beginning June 16th, Buffalo Grove beginning on Sundays beginning June 17th, and Brown Trout market in Chicago on Tuesdays.
Local communities of Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Lake Zurich and Lincolnshire are just minutes away from Frillman Farms. We can support Tim by buying directly from the farm located at 16737 Aptakisic in Prairie View (847-287-9950) or from one of the farmers markets. I've asked Tim to let me know what he's harvesting so I can share it with all of you. You can also "like" his Facebook page so you can keep up to date.
There's a lot going on at the farm. Tim has invited me back to talk about the honey bees. I can't wait to tell you all about them!