Seasons of Farm Grove Cookbook – 2nd Edition


We are excited about the 2nd edition of our family home and restaurant cookbook. It is an updated and expanded version of the original, containing not only recipes from our tearoom but favorites from our families and the best of my Cottage Chat newsletter recipes. The book is soft cover, 210 pages, with full-color illustrations of Sunday dinner-ready dishes and views of the Farm Grove farmstead. The price is $20 + $3.50 S&H if mailed.  Seasons is available at Farm Grove, 18886 Springfield Road, Groveland, IL 61535 [309]387-6652, just fifteen minutes from downtown Peoria,  or from The Emerald Tea Room, 132 McKinley Street, East Peoria, IL [309] 694-1972.  Seasons is also available at but at a higher price.

Author Sharon with Signature Farm Grove Cinnamon Rolls

Author Sharon with Signature Farm Grove Cinnamon Rolls

Seasons includes anecdotes from the family about the adventure of owning and operating a family business through faith and hard work.  Recipes are introduced with notes about the region or friend from which they came and recommendations for preparation. Bonus recipes such as Bookbinders Glue and Crazy Green Diet Drink reveal some of Sharon’s best-kept secrets. Look for Seasons of Farm Grove in the May issue of 50+ News and Views magazine, available in libraries and professional offices throughout Central Illinois the first week of May.


Book Signing at Farm Grove:  Saturday, April 30 – 10 a.m.  Join us for a book signing and excerpts from Seasons, complimentary coffee and Farm Grove cinnamon rolls.  Location:  the Farm Grove barn, 18886 Springfield Road, Groveland, IL 61535.  Call [309] 387-6652 to let us know you are coming or e-mail

Breakfast with the Author at the Emerald Tea Room:  Saturday, June 4, at 9 a.m.  Sharon will sign copies of Seasons and read excerpts.  The tearoom breakfast will include specialties from the cookbook. Call the Emerald Tea Room for prices and reservations – [309] 694-1972 or e-mail

It’s always good eating at the barn!






About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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