Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Norton Farm- Locally Grown Produce from the Farm

This is the Norton Farm, locally grown produce right across the road from the entrance to my subdivision. Norton Farm has been a family farm since 1846. In the early 1900's it was a dairy farm. In 1938 the farm changed from dairy to beef cattle and hogs. In 1992, they started Norton Produce to sell fresh fruits and vegetables to the community. Now it's a farm in the middle of the suburbs.
I went to buy some of their wonderful corn, and find out more about the farm, to write a post. I was lucky enough to meet Mr, Norton, the Patriarch of the Norton Farm, He was on the lawn tractor, and and been cutting the grass. His son Benn and wife Caryl, run the operation now.
I had a delightful conversation with Mr. Norton. Because he has lived his whole life in these area, he is a wealth of information on local matters. He said that he was in the Army in 1958, and because he was lived on a pig farm they made him a cook  After the army, he returned to the family farm.  Today, they have a greenhouse for plants and flowers in the Spring, fresh produce in the summer, and Norton's Hollow for Fall Festival activities and pumpkins. I am very lucky to have locally grown produce so close, almost a garden in my backyard.  Here is a sampling of their produce.

Sweet corn
Inside the Produce Store
As you can see, you can get many varieties of fresh produce at Norton's Farm.  You can be sure that you will be seeing some fresh produce recipes soon on my blog.  Maybe Peaches,  or corn,  what will be next ??? Stay tuned!  Thank you for coming along with my visit to Norton's Farm.  If you are in the Chicago area, take a ride out west  and discover all of the wonderful produce and activities.


  1. Nothing like fresh, local produce! In my hometown, we have something similar: Froberg's Farm. They've been in business my entire life, and we try to stop by when we go home for a visit to pick up a few fresh veggies. Their strawberries are so good that Brennan's in Houston uses them for their strawberry shortcake!

  2. Love fresh, local produce. Great photos.

  3. Wendy-There's nothing better than local fresh produce.

    Christine- You are so right.

  4. Wonderful produce at this farm, nice!

  5. Nothing better Becky, it was so fun to see your neighborhood farm. I do need that t-shirt, lol. I'm working on my husbands b-day dinner right now, college move this weekend, then resting next week. So I will sit her and drool over all your new recipes. Have a great weekend, I got that card thank you so much.


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