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Prairie Fruits farm to host free book signing, tasting

Prairie Fruits farm has announced that the book signing this Saturday, featuring agricultural columnist Alan Guebert and his daughter Mary Grace Foxwell, is now free to the public, and will still include a tasting of wine, cheese, and gelato. Reserve your place now, so they’re prepared for the turnout, and show up at 4410 N. Lincoln Ave., Champaign, 4 p.m. this Saturday, July 18th.  

That is all. 

What, you need more than a national author, a local book, adorable goats, and free gelato? Are you sure? 

Fine, here are details from the press release: 

Published by the University of Illinois Press, The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey is a collection of personal memories written over the past two decades as part of Guebert’s weekly Farm and Food File column. Each column in the book recalls and reflects on the people, food, and values he learned on the 720-acre, 100-cow “southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth” in the late 1960s.

Advance reviews describe the book as authentic, humorous, and astute. Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, notes “Alan Guebert is one of America’s finest writers on the workings and the politics of our food system. This book eloquently describes a rural way of life that’s been lost. But the values of that world—family, community, social justice, a respect for the land—are timeless.”

Foxwell and Guebert will read selections from The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey and answer questions. The book contains 24 black-and-white photographs from Guebert’s youth on Indian Farm and copies will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Additional information, including future events and the authors’ contact information, may be accessed at

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