All Grass Farms is a diversified "pasture farm" providing our Chicago-area customers with 100% grass-fed beef, raw Guernsey milk, free-range broiler chickens and eggs, turkeys, and pasture-raised pork as well as organically-raised vegetables.
All Grass Farms (formerly Barrington Natural Farms) is a diversified family farm located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, just 45 miles from the highrise office buildings of the Loop.
Cliff McConville and Konda Dees purchased a house with 8.5 acres of woods and pastures and a small barn in Barrington Hills in 1998. At the time Cliff worked as an insurance executive in downtown Chicago and Konda a Commercial Real Estate Marketing Director. In a quest to eat healthier we began raising organic vegetables and fruits for family and friends, and in 2001 added a chicken coop for fresh eggs and occasional stewing hens.
In 2011, Cliff gave up his daily commute to downtown Chicago and began working out of a home office. Inspired by Food Inc. and The Omnivores Dilemna, and with an extra 3 hours per day not spent commuting, we purchased four Angus beef calves and 25 cornish cross broilers and began rotational grazing on the 8.5 acres. Eight Chester White pigs soon were roaming the woods near the house.
We officially launched the first farm website in Spring 2012, and demand for pastured eggs, chicken, pork, and beef quickly outstripped our production capacity at the house. We were fortunate to find 40 acres of vacant farmland available just 5 minutes away, owned by a real estate developer. Dubbed "the Ranch", this land had formerly been a part of a larger organic beef farm, so it was already setup for grazing with fencing, an old cow shed, and a well. The Ranch became home to our small herd of grass fed beef, and the 20 acres of overgrown woodlands on the property were soon occupied by our happy hogs.
After receiving numerous requests for raw milk from grass-fed cows, we setup a small milking operation in the barn on the home property in spring 2012 and began producing raw milk from two Guernsey cows. Requests for the raw milk grew rapidly, and within two years the back yard was occupied by nine Guernseys. We started looking for a new home for th