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The Farm Turns 50

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Derek Smits

Daily Herald news teams,

Hi! In lieu of the produce season underway, and the popularity of farmer's markets around the county, I was hoping to have someone come out to our Carol Stream location and do a profile on our business? We're celebrating our 50th year selling fresh seasonal produce in Dupage county. Over the past 20 years at Carol Stream, we've had a few reporters out to our Carol Stream location (previously at the corner of St.Charles/Gary Ave. currently Bartels gas station clinic) to profile our pumpkin patch and fresh produce, but since this is our 50th year I'd like to have someone come out if possible?

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Here's a brief bio about us as we're now on our 3rd generation. My contact info is below:

We are a family owned farm in the western suburbs of Chicago, growing all our vegetables and fruit in Kendall County, IL. We strongly believe in quality fresh produce that is grown locally, and value the quality of the product above all else. We pick our produce daily and only pick it when it's ripe and at the peak of flavor. All of our locations have produce brought to them daily.

We believe that produce wasn't meant to be mass produced, instead grown locally and sustainably with concern for the quality and freshness of the products. From bedding flowers in the spring, fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, and a wide variety of vegetables in the summer, to pumpkins, squash and vegetables in the fall, we work to bring you the best quality produce and flowers in the Chicagoland area.

From sowing the seeds in spring to harvesting our last patch in the fall, we do it all ourselves. We begin growing our plants in greenhouses in early March. In mid April we start planting our sweet corn in the fields, and in May plant our greenhouse raised seedlings. We continue to plant throughout the summer to have a steady stream of produce the whole season. We pick our produce every day of the week to ensure fresh vegetables for our customers, taking only Sunday off.

Carol Stream

207 S. Gary Ave.

(St Charles Rd. and Gary Ave, next to the Barn Owl)

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm

Westchester

31st St. and Kensington

(between LaGrange Rd. and Wolf Rd.)

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm

Westmont

34 E. 63rd St.

(1/2 block east of Cass Ave)

Mon-Fri 9am-6pm

Sat 8am-5pm

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