The Wiltse family has been growing and selling quality vegetables for four generations.
Marie moved to Maple Park when she married her late husband Jerome (“Red”) in 1961. They moved to the current farm in the spring of 1965. Marie’s mother, Mayme Theis began with the vegetables in 1944 and soon after widowed.
She continued with her vegetables, farming and raising Marie and her six siblings until the development of Fermilab in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Marie’s grandparents sold produce at the Aurora Farmer’s Market. Marie also got her in-laws, J. Carroll and Margaret Wiltse, to start taking farm products, such as dressed chickens and eggs, to the farmer’s market.
The farm stand that we sell to our customers was built by Grandpa (J. Carroll) Wiltse and Dad (Jerome). We used that until 2005. Needing more room, we made the moved across the ‘farm yard’ to a larger barn. This allowed us more room and to keep our vegetables and customers out of the elements of Mother Nature.
As the years have passed the business has evolved. Mom would say that it was just her ‘hobby’ and we would say it’s more than a hobby. But one thing is certain, as mom started it out; it is still a family affair! The ‘stand’ consists of greenhouse products – such as all sorts of annuals, vegetables and perennials - hanging baskets and planters and such, mulch, landscaping materials and services plus, seasonal vegetables and our fall U-pick pumpkin patch.
Illinois Vegetable Growers Assoc.
Illinois Specialty Growers Assoc.
Kane County Farm Bureau
DeKalb County Farm Bureau