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Stade's Farm Market and Shades of Autumn McHenry IL

Updated on November 19, 2014
Stade's Dairy Farm, McHenry, IL
Stade's Dairy Farm, McHenry, IL | Source
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Stade's Farm Market and Dairy Farm

Fall is in the air! It is one of my favorite seasons and a perfect time to visit Stade's Farm Market, located in McHenry County, Illinois.

Vern Stade, 24 years old and fresh out of college, established Stade's Dairy Farm in 1977 with 50 cows and a goal of producing milk. By 2001 it had grown to 250 cows and was not only producing milk but corn, soybeans and alfalfa. The farm is now at 2,200 acres, 120 acres of which are dedicated to growing fresh fruit and vegetables.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

They start planting onions, potatoes and strawberries in early April. Once the threat of frost is over they start planting other vegetables and continue with new plantings every two weeks until mid-July to ensure fresh and ripe produce throughout the season. They are hand picked early in the morning and delivered to the Farm Markets that afternoon. Unlike produce in the supermarkets that has traveled miles after harvesting, these vegetables are picked fresh and are very nutritious!.

Watermelons fresh from the garden
Watermelons fresh from the garden | Source
Home Grown Green, Red and Yellow Peppers and Eggplant
Home Grown Green, Red and Yellow Peppers and Eggplant | Source

Fall Decorations!

I was so excited to decorate the outside of my home with Pumpkins, Mums and Broom Stalks that I jumped the gun by 2 weeks! The Broom Stalks aren't even available yet! This means I will make another visit to Stade's in two weeks and I am looking forward to that.

Mums and Pumpkins at Stade's Farm
Mums and Pumpkins at Stade's Farm | Source
Pumpkins for Fall Decorating
Pumpkins for Fall Decorating | Source
Gourds for Fall Decorating
Gourds for Fall Decorating | Source

The Bakery

Oh, it smells so good! Donuts, Pies, Brownies, Cookies and Breads are baked fresh daily.

Preserves, Sauces, Salsas and Pickled Vegetables are plentiful. So many varieties to choose from!

Learn how to pickle and preserve your fresh fruits and vegetables!

Homemade Bread
Homemade Bread | Source
Preserves | Source

Gleaners Of The Lord

Once weekly volunteers come to the farm after the harvest to pick left-overs. They gather produce that has fallen to the ground and deliver it to food pantries.This is a non profit organization that distributes the food free of charge to the needy families of Northern Illinois.

Shades of Autumn

Stade's Dairy Farm has been hosting Shades of Autumn since 1995. It is a family oriented Fall festival that includes pony rides, a petting zoo, a corn maze, a Pumpkin Cannon and more. Enjoy home cooked food and have lots of fun! There is FREE parking and NO gate fee! The Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch costs only the purchase of a pumpkin...exactly why you are going to the Pumpkin Patch anyway. What a bargain!

There is live Country, Christian or Oldies Rock and Roll Music to enjoy while you are strolling the grounds and enjoying the attractions, so many of which are free.

Every Sunday morning, May 29-Oct 30, there is an open air non-denominational worship and praise service with contemporary music. It is lead by different local churches weekly.

The Pumpkin Cannon
The Pumpkin Cannon


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      6 years ago

      Yes, well I think there is something very special about farmland and farming in the Mid-West. Very wholesome and healthy.

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      Sandi 6 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks, f. I am happy that these farms have been able to survive. So much land around here has been taken from farmers in the name of "progress" for building subdivisions.

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      6 years ago

      Good hub. There's something very healthy about the many farmers' markets that have survived. (The complete absence of corporate talkers with smooth words about how superior their product is, would be a bonus!)

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      Sandi 6 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      hi ktrapp:) We used to go to Wauconda Orchards. I think it's a residential neighborhood now. I don't think I've been to Didier's Farms. Is it still there? Thanks for stopping by:)

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      That looks really pretty there, I haven't been out to that one. When are kids were little we used to go to Didier's Farm in Buffalo Grove.