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The History of Stade’s Farm & Market

The History of Stade’s Farm & Market

Vern Stade started his farming career as a dairy farmer in 1977 at the same location where the farm market is now located.

He also loved growing corn, soybeans, and alfalfa on his farm. Always interested in growing new crops, Vern began growing vegetables in 1989.

From humble beginnings with a table at the side of the road in Johnsburg, IL, the farm market began. As time went on, a second little stand was added just north of McHenry, IL. When Vern’s kids were old enough, they also sold produce at the farm where the cows were. In 2001 the roadside stands were requiring so much of Vern’s time and energy that he decided to discontinue the dairy business to focus solely on growing crops.

In 2006 a large expansion was added to the home farm. A new farm market and entertainment area were constructed to accommodate the growing business. Since then, the farm has added many new crops, Pick-Your-Own options, and attractions. As the farm markets continued to grow, Stade’s Farm & Market branched out into the agritourism industry.

Agritourism has become Vern’s passion. He loves opening his farm to the public, allowing families to experience farming and entertainment at its best. Stade’s Shades of Autumn Fall Festival (held Sept-Oct) has become a family tradition over the years, welcoming many second-generation guests.

Vern, a lover of Disney World and a kid at heart, extensively researches every year new and exciting attractions to add to the farm.

His commitment to family-friendly, wholesome entertainment is a driving force behind his passion.

Many families have become accustomed to taking a relaxing, fun-filled day trip to Stade’s Farm and Market to pick produce, enjoy the farm experience, and stay for the unique, engaging attractions offered.

Visitors can choose from a wide range of activities that include u-pick vegetables and fruits, a hands-on petting zoo experience, Stade’s Farmtractions Theme Park, learning about agriculture and farming in field trip sessions, or shopping in the farm market for local and regional produce as well as unique country gifts.

Creating family memories has become a treasured tradition that keeps visitors coming back year after year to Stade’s Farm and Market, and Vern wouldn’t have it any other way!

Our Mission

At Stade’s, we believe in using our resources to provide healthy, home-grown products and outstanding experiences on our farm. We take pride in opening our farm to our guests, providing a beautiful country setting where family and friends can come together and harvest their food, play, laugh, and create life-long memories together.

What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

We Love Our Customers!

At Stade’s Farm and Market we are committed to the highest standard of excellence and gold star satisfaction. Stade’s offers years of agricultural experience, farm fresh, GMO-free fruits and vegetables, friendly customers service and wholesome, family entertainment. We thank you for choosing Stade’s Farm and Market.

“We make it easy for you to create family memories.”

Vern & Gayle Stade

I picked beans and raspberries yesterday…enjoyed the butterflies, dragonflies, birds, and peaceful atmosphere as much as the tasty end product of my efforts! Love the farm.

Gail B.

Greatest Sweet Corn on Earth

Fabulous produce, killer cider donuts, and the greatest sweet corn on planet Earth!

Favorite Place in the World

This, is literally my favorite place in the world. And. It’s where my husband proposed to me. Because he knew that nothing else would be good enough for me.

Allison M.

Worth the Drive

Love this place so much I don’t care that I have to drive 2+ hours to get it.

Daniela D.

Exceptional Pumpkins

We’re impressed! Your exceptional pumpkins and farm have given you the honor as one of the “Top Five Best Pumpkin Farms” in Illinois. Your farm is a great place to spend time with family and we hope you have a great season. You can see ours complete list on our Facebook page and encourage you spread the good news of this honor with your followers.

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Fabulous Corn

Dear Stades, I bought and served your corn on the cob tonight for company I had for dinner. It was fabulous! Thank you for growing such a wonderful product. Fan for life!!

Melody C.

An Amazing Place!

What an amazing place! So unique and the attractions were so creative! Would recommend to anyone!

Alyssa M.