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Angelic Organics Farm
1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia, IL
Since 1990, Angelic Organics Farm has provided fresh, organic vegetables to households throughout Chicagoland. Today, the farm grows biodynamic and certified organic vegetables on 35 acres and tends another 35 fallow acres as part of its rotational fertility program.
Farmer John Peterson got his start on the family farm in the 1950’s at age nine when he began milking and feeding the cows before and after school. In 1990, Farmer John transitioned the farm to organic vegetables and called it Angelic Organics. He wanted a natural system by which to farm, a system in which results were derived from the integrity of the soil—not from crop chemicals and petroleum based fertilizers.
As Angelic Organics got its footing in the early 90’s, Farmer John turned to the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model for a truly comprehensive approach to farming—to reunite people with the source of their food, to share the magnificent drama of farming, to give children the opportunity to see their vegetables grow. This completes the farming picture beautifully, providing deep satisfaction to shareholders and farmers alike.
You can learn much more about Angelic Organics and Farmer John by watching the feature documentary film The Real Dirt on Farmer John seen by millions throughout the world and winner of 31 film festival awards.read more
In 1913, Henry VonThun purchased 90 acres of prime New Jersey farm land and used that land to homestead and grow potatoes and grain crops. His son, Henry M. continued to farm, and over the years carried on the family tradition.
As new generations farmed and the years passed, changes were made. The work horses were traded for tractors, and for many years the farm produced potatoes and various grains while being farmed by Henry M.’s son, Bob VonThun Sr.
In 1986, Bob Jr. formed a partnership with his dad which enabled them to farm alongside each other until his dad retired in 2004. Together they added a farm market and pick your own fields to help change the farm’s focus to producing small fruits and vegetables. Today, our homegrown, fresh fruits and vegetables are sold both wholesale and retail through our Farm Markets and Farmers Markets throughout the state.
Five generations of VonThun’s, along with a hard working staff, have worked many long hours to bring you healthy and delicious Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Over the years, the farm has become more diversified. Greenhouses were added in 1989, and u-pick berry crops were added. In 1995, Bob & Cindy started expanding the Fall season on the farm.
Along with growing fields of farm fresh produce, two apple orchards, and acres and acres of pumpkins, VonThun’s Farm is kept busy with a CSA Program, hayrides, a fun, interactive corn maze, and annual Fall family weekends.read more