DeKalb County has a rich agricultural history and tradition. That tradition is alive and thriving today with family farms. Enjoy local produce and bring farm to table to your own kitchen.  Farm fresh doesn’t stop with produce, pick the perfect pumpkin and cut down the right Christmas Tree to decorate for the holidays. The farm experience doesn’t stop there. Many family farms are part of barn/farm tours, local farmers’ markets, host their own mini-fests and events that are fun for the whole family.

Experience a Corn Maze
Stroll along on a Barn/Farm Tour

Farmers’ Markets

DeKalb Famers’ Market – Thursdays, June – September, from 10 am -2 pm
Genoa Farmers’ Market – Select Saturdays, May – September, from 9 am – 2 pm
Grassroots Outdoor Community Market – 2nd & 4th Sundays, May – October, from 9 am – 1 pm
Hinckley Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, Mid-June – Mid-October, from 9am – 12pm
Sandwich Farmers’ Market –  Tuesdays, Summer Months, from  9am – 12pm
Somonauk Farmers Market – 1st Thursday, June – October, from 3 – 7pm
Sycamore Farmers’ Market – Tuesdays, June – September, from 3 – 7 pm

Find local honey, farm fresh eggs, meats and more using Eat Local DeKalb’s Family Farm Map

Orchards and Family Farms

Jonamac Orchard

jonamac-orchard-front-of-orchardJonamac Orchard, open late August – November, features over 10,000 apple trees representing over two dozen varieties, a store and bakery, a pumpkin patch, and a 10-acre corn maze that becomes haunted at night. The orchard has camp fire spots, a petting zoo, hay pile, apple train and many other activities for the whole family to enjoy. Besides the regular activities, the Orchard hosts events every weekend in September and October.

The Store and Bakery, open 7 days a week from mid August – early November and now offers Apple Wines, Hard Cider and Apple Ale, as well as apple doughnuts, pies, breads, apple butter and many of your other favorite _mmg4149fall treats.  Visitors can now taste the wine and ciders in the newly opened Cider House.

The Cider House is filled with hundreds of unique items, a wide assortment of wine and cider accessories, and a friendly staff to guide you along and help match your tastes to the exact apple drink of your dreams. You can see first hand the brewing process. The Jonamac Cider House is more than a store. It’s the place to taste the very best apple wines and ciders in the state.

Kuipers Family Farm

DCCVB-2012-Dynamic-104Kuipers Family Farm is a 230-acre entertainment farm located in Maple Park. Their season begins in late August with apple picking on weekends thru October. The Orchard Shop and Bakery offers fresh apple cider doughnuts, home-baked pies, fudge, and other fall favorites. In September, the five-acre, two mile Corn Maze opens along with the Pumpkin Farm. Enjoy hayrides, farm animals, a haunted forest, tractor tire mountain, and much more. In November, the farm switches gears for winter holidays with pies and specialty foods for entertaining, unique gifts for giving and of course, Christmas trees. Kuipers also hosts weddings and special events in their orchard.

DeKalb Community Gardens

Website | Visit website for more information

_mmg4019Honey Hill Orchard

Webpage | Open approximately late August – October

Theis Farm Market

Website | Open approximately early  May  – October

Yaeger’s Farm Market

Website | Open approximately mid-April – October

You Pick Berries

Website | Open approximately mid-July – October

It’s all about the Pumpkins…and squash

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Honey Hill Orchard

Jonamac Orchard

Kuipers Family Farm

Theis Farm Market

Yaeger’s Farm Market

Johnson’s Pumpkin Stand and Corn Maze

jonsons-pumpkinsThe Johnson Pumpkin Stand offers pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, corn stalks, broom corn, Indian corn, and bittersweet. Partake in the 8-acre corn maze located on the farm.

Larson’s Family Farm

The Larson’s Family Farm opens its doors each October. A variety of gourds, pumpkins and squash and fresh popcorn and caramel apples are available to purchase in their sale barn. Enjoy the outdoors and have fun on their vintage playground, visit the horses and goats, and take in the scenes on a one-mile hayride. As the sun goes down, partake in Bonfires and spooky evening hayrides. Tours are available during the week and groups are able to schedule private parties during the month of October as well.

Christmas Tree Farms

Kuipers Family Farm

Theis Farm Market

Camelot Christmas Tree Farm

christmas-treesThe Friday after Thanksgiving, Camelot Christmas Tree Farm opens for visitors to find their perfect Christmas tree. Camelot is a “choose and cut” Christmas tree farm. They offer a variety of trees including Concolor, Fraser, Canaan, Douglas, Balsam Fir, Blue and White Spruce, White Pine and Scotch Pine and provide free shaking and baling.

Larson’s Family Farm

Starting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas trees are available at Larson Family Farm.  The farm offers a variety of trees to choose from including Canaan Fir (Like Fraizer Fir), Concolor Fir, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, and White Pine.