Keller's Farmstand - Oswego
The Keller family originated in Bavaria, Germany. In the mid-1800's, they made the trek to America. Land was purchased along River Road in northern Naperville. Farming started around 1852. The first Frank Keller grew up on that River Road farm. During hard times, he worked as a cashier at The Naperville Bank and then returned to farming on a new farm along Ogden Avenue in unincorporated Naperville.
Frank Jr. was born in 1911 and farmed with his father. The farm on Ogden Avenue was primarily a dairy operation, but a wide variety of crops were raised including grapes, raspberries, and five acres of potatoes. These homegrown crops got our family through The Great Depression. There was a table by the road where they sold produce to passersby. Technically it was the first "Kellers Farmstand"!
In 1966, Frank Jr. sold the Ogden Avenue farm and purchased a larger farm on 95th Street (now Knoch Knolls Road) in southern Naperville. He retired from farming at that time, allowing his two sons, Frank III and Ray, to raise corn, soybeans, oats, hay, and cattle. The dairying was discontinued.
During the mid-1980's, with more and more rentable acres disappearing, a large portion of the farm was traded for more farmable land in Plainfield, Illinois. In the late 1990's, farm land was acquired in Oswego to make up for the loss of land in Naperville.
Currently corn, soybeans, oats, and hay are still raised in Plainfield and Oswego. Since 1991, vegetables have entered the mix with Frank IV opening his first vegetable stand in Naperville. A second vegetable stand was opened on the Plainfield farm in 1993.
Open May, mid-July to October 31st
Monday â€“ Friday: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
No pets please! No Smoking or e-cigarettes allowed! You are welcome to smoke in your car.
It is a nice place with plenty of activities for the kids and a very friendly staff. However watch out, they're dishonest.
Had a blast today! Kids were totally occupied..the place took us very close to nature, a unique experience to kids with out any artificial touch. People at the farm are very friendly and approachable.
Very clean atmosphere. Easy to get here. Different things to do, plenty of sitting everywhere. Its was just awesome. The way to pay is thru Groupon, you save over half of the regular price.
Love it all- the corn maze, the pumpkin patch, the Apple picking, all the fun stuff for the kids and of course, all the good food!
Had a great time strolling the fields and picking apples. Prices seemed reasonable and plenty of variety.