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History of Rader Family Farms

Our Mission Statement:

"We harvest more than crops, we harvest memories.  The Rader Family strives to serve our community with a festive, yet educational and enjoyable fall experience, while giving all praise and glory to God for His beautiful creation and abundant harvest."

Lynn Rader and his father

Lynn Rader and his six younger siblings were raised on this farm when it was a Guernsey dairy.  Their parents, Glenn and Margaret Rader, moved onto the farm when they married in 1945.  The family grew up milking cows and showing them in 4-H.  In 1971 the cows were sold after Glenn’s death.  Since then, Lynn and Linda have been grain farmers, their two sons now joining them.  Lynn and Linda have three married children and eight grandchildren.

For over 30 years Lynn has grown and sold sweet corn in the summer and later added pumpkins and other produce in the fall.  In 2017 Lynn retired from the sweet corn business but continues to plant 30 plus acres of pumpkins, gourds, and specialty fall produce.

Rader Brothers 4H CattleLynn and Linda Rader at the fair

As farmers, the Raders realize how much people enjoy and appreciate an opportunity to experience the farm and country life.  The agritainment business, Rader Family Farms, began in 2009 and it allows guests a unique opportunity to connect with and learn about agriculture.

The Rader family welcomes you to their farm!


Toddler Lynn and his dad, Glenn Rader, in the dairy barn.  1948.

Three Rader brothers showing their dairy cows at the McLean County Fair.  1960s.  Left to right:  Stan, Steve, Lynn.

Lynn and Linda in July 1971 at the sale of the dairy.