About Us

Grateful Plains is a small produce farm smack dab in the middle of the corn and soybean belt, just 90 miles SW of Chicago in Grand Ridge IL near Starved Rock State Park.

I am Holly Hughes, the crazy broad who enrolled my family into my mission to create access to non-GMO, chemical free produce at a fair price in the Illinois Valley. Unlike many of my neighbor farmers, men and women alike, I did take up farming because I grew up farming side by side with mom or dad. Instead, I pursue farming as a commitment to healing my body naturally over the course of six years while experiencing the symptoms of Young Onset PD at age 36.

What began as a personal health crisis has evolved into a deep passion with more benefits than I ever imagined. I am grateful for the land, the encouragement, amazing mentors and the daily support of my parents, son and significant other who make this small farm operation possible.

More than just farming your CSA produce, I am committed to connecting you with like-minded people dedicated to clean living, health, and love! Education, Garden Therapy, Sustainable Farm Research, and organizing a Junior Masters Gardeners club are just a few of the by-products of Grateful Plains.

I hope you’ll pull up to the fields one day and enroll me in taking a break to share some coffee with cream & honey or stretch out a bit in the orchard in some healing yoga poses.

Thank you for trusting me to grow you food, for being committed to growing our community and for being part of the legacy our country is experiencing as agriculture shift toward small farmers counting on each other to feed our families and nurture our land.


How I spend my ‘free’ time::

Dirt and Duty Community Market Garden

EnergyPsi Zen Den (holistic healing studio)

Garden Maiden weekly Times column


2 responses to “About Us

    • Thanks Kevin! Wonderful to have you and Juanita experience our little shop. SO wonderful to know there are so many in our area interested in healthy eating! Our email is info at gratefulplains dot com. Much appreciated~

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