History of Didier Farms
The Farm was originally purchased by John Link in 1912. There once were 8 dairy farms located along the 2 mile long Aptakisic Road. John Link ran a dairy farm that shipped milk to Chicago by train. He also raised pigs, chickens, and few small vegetables. Later, John quit the dairy business and raised pure breed “Spotted Poland China” hogs for a living.
In 1948 his daughter Mary Sue married Herb Didier. Herb and Mary Sue began raising sweet corn, cabbage, along with their children. Their cabbage and sweet corn were shipped all over the United States through the South Water Market in Chicago.
In the 60’s, local sales consisted of folding tables in the front yard set up and run by several of the Didier children. Herb continued to make his living by selling to local stands as well as shipping into the city. By the early 80’s the family’s produce sales had moved to the front half of the old dairy barn just off the road. Two sons, Rick and Dave, stayed on the farm to join their dad in the business while the rest of the children moved out. In 1991 a greenhouse was added to grow starter vegetable plants for their fields as well as flowers for local customers.
Herb Didier passed away in 1993. Directly following his passing, a third son, John, joined the business.
Today, 3 brothers and their wives run the farm and greenhouse. The greenhouse opens in the spring with many annuals, perennials, gardening accessories, and over 10,000 beautiful hanging baskets. The Farmstand opens in July featuring locally grown vegetables as well as summer fruits and Didier’s well known sweet corn. The fall Pumpkinfest includes family fun with hayrides out to the pumpkin patch, corn maze, straw maze, pony rides, children’s rides, and a petting zoo. The weekends are full of nostalgic county fair activities, with lemon shake-ups, kettle corn, cotton candy, grilled burgers and hotdogs, and roasted sweet corn.
With more farmland in Genoa and ever expanding Greenhouse, Didier Farms celebrated its centennial in 2012 and is on its way to many more to come!