Zilke Vegetable Farm

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Fantastic local farm

By: Chris Overbeek    (Nov 17, 2009)

My family has been part of several community farms, and this year we joined Zilke Vegetable Farm, since it is very close to home. Very close to the city of Milan, the farm is very accessible, and during pick-up times, we were welcome to bring our children to the farm and allow them to experience the farm, including venturing into the field and doing some harvesting on their own. This was a wonderful experience for the family, and added to the value we received from the farm. Tom and Vicki are warm and very welcoming of visitors, and the children took to them and begged to visit. The food selection was excellent, and we found that it was not too difficult to adjust menus to cook throughout the harvest season using a vast majority of foods we received as part of our share. In our experience, the value offered was superior to other options, particularly when location was factored in (as we live very close). Broccoli and beets were particularly adored by the family this year, and we got excellent portions of both. The selection of other fruits and vegetables was quite nice, and we found ourselves eating much more freshly than we would have otherwise, and likely for less expense. Compared to prior community farm experience, I think my family would rate Zilke Vegetable Farm the best we have tried -- for experience, quality of produce, convenience, and just plain fun. Definitely worth a look, especially if you are nearby and can spend a little time on site.

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