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Kristin Srail

vegetables • fruit • pumpkins • Christmas trees

Kristin Srail

Geneva, IL

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It tastes better

We host more than 2,500 students on our farm each year for a chance to learn about our farm while they participate in a fall festival. We used to sell produce whole sale to grocers, but the changing community in Geneva has allowed us to more easily market directly to our consumers. We believe in keeping our produce fresh and local. It tastes better that way. The best thing about being a farmer is working outdoors, nurturing all that we love and using our hands to grow the finest quality foods.

One question

Do you know anybody looking for a job? My dad met my mom by asking that same question. At 18 years old, he was selling produce in the parking lot of his parent's business. He was looking for extra help with my produce at the time, and wound up finding someone who was more than a seasonal worker. They got married 3 years later.

Our fresh market

Windy Acres Farm is the only seasonal farm left in Geneva, Illinois. We are known for fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables because our produce is picked daily and sold within 24 hours. We own greenhouses and fields, where we grow flowers, produce, pumpkins and Christmas trees, depending on the market season. We pride ourselves on giving our customers the best quality products around. We have a farm stand that is open from spring to the end of fall, we sell at farmers markets six days a week and we have a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which consists of a local fresh produce delivery subscription.

Working together to raise a family

Farming is a great way to raise a family. The desire to live off the land and provide local food led my parents, Wayne and Daryl, to buy the farm in 1985. All four of their children, Amanda, myself, Jaime and Scott are integral to the farm's success. Amanda manages new business, with her focus on growing farmers market clientele, managing our CSA program as well as farm field trips. I direct our media, marketing and communication efforts. Jaime is our boots on the ground at farmers markets, our CSA program, and manages and hires 45 seasonal employees. Scott cares for our crops, guaranteeing that the produce is the best it can be. If it were not for the help of our whole family, the farm would not be as successful as it is.

About my family

Located west of the Chicago suburbs, Windy Acres Farm is the only seasonal produce farm left in Geneva, Illinois. Owned by Wayne and Daryl, they farm with their four children, Amanda, Kristin, Jaime and Scott to grow fresh food. They sell products direct to consumers at their farm stand, local farmers markets and offer a delivered produce subscription.

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Let's Talk Fresh Produce
Yes, we use organic practices on our farm. No, you won’t find “organic” on the label.

GROWING FRESH, LOCAL PRODUCE ON A CONVENTIONAL FARM

A passion for produce started with my dad, Wayne, before he was even out of his teen years. It also introduced him to his wife (and our mom), Daryl, who became more than a seasonal worker. Today our whole family, including us four children, plays an integral part in cultivating success for Windy Acres Farms in Geneva, Illinois.

At our farm, you’ll find high-quality fruits and vegetables picked daily and sold within 24 hours. Our farm is teeming with:
 
  • Flowers and farm-harvested honey in the spring.
  • Juicy, sweet fruits and fresh vegetables in the summer.
  • Plump pumpkins, gourds and crisp apples in the fall.
  • Christmas trees in the winter.

That’s just to name a few. And all of our fresh, local produce is grown using a mix of conventional and organic methods. It’s an approach that’s worked for 35 years – using organic practices day in and day out while only applying chemicals as a very last line of protection for our plants and produce. Watch the video to see why we believe our farming methods are a safe choice for your table and ours.