For more than 30 years the Rader family has offered the premier sweet corn in McLean county. The Rader kids grew up selling it at the corner of Ropp Rd and old Route 150 just south of the farm, learning early on about working with the public and the "farm-to-table" role of sweetcorn. And while the acres of sweet corn planted continued to grow with each passing season, the available time and manpower required to maintain the crop was competing with other aspects of an expanding farm.
With the growth of the pumpkin farm and Lynn's gradual transition away from full-time farming, a decision was made to focus our energies and resources on making this other agricultural endeavor as amazing as possibe for the families who visit each fall.
We so appreciate the opportunity we've had to serve the community through the sweet corn business over the past three decades and hope you will continue to make the pumpkin farm a part of your fall activities.
2017 Opening Weekend is September 9-10
Block off your calendar for the weekend of September 9-10, because we're kicking off another season at Rader Family Farms.
The Inaugural Farmstead Fair
Rader Family Farms is excited to announce our first annual Farmstead Fair which happens just a few short weeks before we open up this season on August 26-27. All the vendors participating at this year's fair will be pre-screened by Rader Family Farms representatives to make sure the items you'll have access to will be some of the best finds around.
The farm will be serving delicious, freshly made food throughout the event, including hot off the line homemade pumpkin donuts, the farm's signature, Slop-the-Hog brat sandwiches, pulled pork BBQ, nachos & more.
Do pumpkin farmers hibernate?
A fair number of our guests assume we hibernate the 10 months a year that the farm isn't open to the public. While we wish that was the case, the beach house in Barbados (and the Ozarks) will have to wait. Much of the winter is spent reviewing what went right, what went wrong and then plotting a course for the following year.
Come early the following year while it's still cold outside, we start working on indoor building projects, designing new activities and repairing things that couldn't get done the previous fall.