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.
FAMILIES BEWARE. Keller Farms has decided to go for the money grab this year. They have implemented a new rule requiring ALL patrons ages 4 and above to purchase an apple bag in order to enter the orchard. The smallest bag they sell is 1/4 peck for $7. This means a family of 6 must spend a MINIMUM of $42 to pick apples. They do not allow a family to pick a peck of apples together as a group unless they all purchase their own bag. They claim this type of rule is typical, but we have not seen it. We called one nearby orchard who had a similar rule, but only required that ADULTS purchase their own bags. Is Keller worried that my 6 year old twins are going to steal from them? Or Are they so fixated on maximizing profits that they are willing to force families to spend their hard earned money on things they don't need? I wish they would choose offer a quality experience at a fair price rather than stoop to these levels. Go elsewhere, there are better options.
We have been coming here for almost 10 years but after today we won't be going back. This year they started a new thing at the apple orchard. You have to have a bag purchased before you go in and everyone over the age of 4 has to have a bag. A few of my family members went in with 5 kids but only the kids had bags. The girl practically hunted them down and made them come out of the orchard when not even all bags were filled. We asked to talk to manager but he didn't do anything about it. To be honest i felt like it was racial profiling cause we're mexican. I understand they have rules but there was other people in the orchard who didn't have bags either. So let's just say a family of 5 goes in with 3 kids over the age of 4, they would have to spend $35 just to be able to go in together. Parents just want to go in there to have their kids pick apples. You're taking all the fun out of it. So maybe you guys need to rethink your pricing and your staff. You have lost lots of customers today because I have a big family. I was highly disappointed.
So cute! Went with my sisters and had so much fun. Totally understand why they charge what they do for apples. Tons of people come through there picking through the apples and tossing the ones they don't want on the ground. This farm is just making a living. Support local businesses, people!
Decent farm with 4 apple varieties at the time we were able to pick. Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, and Ginger Gold. A few more varieties were a week or so away. Every person needs to buy a bag so this is more of a get your apples and go home location rather than a "fun" hangout. A little pricey too but your not driving as far west either.
If it wasn't for their ridiculous policy on picking apples it would definitely be higher, like others mentioned, they have gone off the deep end requiring everyone over age 4 to buy bags for apples and have gone about it all wrong. So my family of 7 had to buy 6 bags (one baby) to pick apples and no, they wont let you buy 1 big bag (equivalent of 4 small ones) for $25, they make you buy the 4 small ones for $28 to nickel and dime you even more.