Von Bergen’s Country Market
Our on farm market is open from 8:30am to 6:00pm, with self-serve after hours.
Mel and Bobette have farmed in the Hebron area since 1965. Along with field corn and soybeans, they grew sweet corn and peas for a local canning company. They also grew specialty crops such as gourds and Indian corn for the South Water Market in Chicago.
Mel was awarded the Prairie Farmer Magazine Master Farmer of 2012. Quite an honor to be one of four Master Farmers in the state of Illinois.
Mel and Bobette have two children. Mike and his wife, Tracie and their three boys, Quentin, Xander, and Valen, and daughter Neysa are partners in the farm/market operation. Michelle is a pediatrics nurse. Michelle has a daughter Sayla, 4, and a son Brennan 1, was born. Grandma and Papa are happy to have all six grandchildren close to them.
The birth of our present day vegetable market came when then nine year old Mike wanted to grow and sell pumpkins. It started on a hay wagon in the yard, then moved to the old milk house. Each year more vegetables were added and it grew into the retail/wholesale, (July though October), market of today, selling everything from apples to zucchini. Our bi-colored sweet corn, picked every morning for maximum freshness, and Mel’s famous muskmelons, sweetest around, are our specialties. And yes it is true that Mel and Mike try to have sweet corn through October, weather permitting. (In 2010 we did have sweet corn and tomatoes almost through October!)
Tracie manages the booth at the Woodstock Farmer’s Market on Tuesday’s and Saturday’s. This past year we grew greens and plants to sell early at the Farmers Market.
Mel and Mike are the true “farmers”; planting, spraying, cultivating and harvesting the vegetable crops. They continue to improve our growing power. Our early sweet corn is grown on plastic which ripens a week to 10 days earlier than the conventional planting.
Bobette and Tracie manage the vegetable market. They prepare, display all we grow and find the best quality produce we cannot grow, to be a full service store for one stop shopping. Quentin, Xander,Valen, and Neysa are learning the business by helping wherever they can.
We have been hosting school tours for over 25 years and continue to educate the area children by their helping us harvest some of the specialty crops in the fall. It’s a fun way to teach the students that things are not grown in the grocery store.
- Wagon Ride
- Vegetable Picking
- Children’s Maze
- Visit With the Animals
- Playing in the Sandbox/Tractor Area
- TePe Tour
Picnic tables are available for snacks or lunches (weather permitting). We have an indoor (unheated) lunch room and a large tent with tables available.
- 2012 Master Farmer Honoree. Father, grandfather, husband, and farmer.
- Mother, grandmother, market manager & farm tour leader. Bobette is also active in her church.
- Father, husband and farmer.
- Mother, wife and farmers market guru.