About our Farm

A True Family Farm

George Hasselmann & FriendHasselmann Family Farm is a true family farm with three generations working side by side in the daily operations of their farm in Marengo, IL (only 60 miles from Chicago).    The Hasselmann family has a long history farming in the Chicagoland area.   Beginning when Henry Hasselmann and his family migrated to the United States from Hanover Germany in the late 1800’s.   Shortly after their arrival in the U.S., they settled on an 80 acre farm at the intersection of Touhy and Wolf roads in Des Plaines, Illinois.   It was here in the rich dark prairie soils of northern Illinois where they raised vegetables for the thriving turn of the century Chicago market.  The Hasselmann family farmed at this Des Plaines location for over 75 years until October of 1966.  At which time Henry Hasselmann’s son George Henry and his son George D. moved the operation to Oakton Street in Elk Grove Village, IL.

In Elk Grove Township they ran a thriving mushroom business for many years known as Supreme Meadow Mushrooms.   Which during the peak years of the mid 60’s, through the late 1980’s, was growing and marketing many thousands of pounds of mushrooms per year.  Marketing the mushrooms off the farm, to south water market in Chicago and to many local area restaurants.   While also being regular vendors at the Des Plaines and Mt. Prospect farmers markets for many years.   Sadly, in early 2008, the family patriarch George Henry I passed away at 99 years of age, after farming for over 70 years in the Des Plaines and Elk Grove areas.

He was however, able to see his grandson George Scott Hasselmann start his own livestock farming venture Hasselmann Family Farm Inc., which was formed in 2005 at the Elk Grove farm.    By 2006 Scott had out grew the Elk Grove location and in order to expand, Scott and his family consisting of his his wife Nena, son George Henry II, and daughter Alexia, moved the operation to another family owned farm near Lanark, IL.   After four years of farming in Lanark the family decided it was time to sell the Lanark farm, and purchase a farm closer to the Chicago market and the roots the family had in the area.  In 2010 they settled on a beautiful 80 acre farm in Marengo, Illinois.   The farm had a great location but the soil was a bit worn out, as it had been in mono-culture row crops of corn and soybeans for decades.  Slowly they started to turn the 80 acre farm into a diversified crop and livestock farm by immediately planting half of its area to permanent perennial pasture for grazing.   Many capital improvements were made such as water lines, buildings and fences in order to shelter the cattle, hogs and poultry.   By late 2012 the farm was up and running well, but then the family suffered a tremendous loss when Scott’s mother Barb Hasselmann lost her battle with cancer and passed away unexpectedly.

At present in 2017 the farm operation has grown considerably in size of production and customers served.    Scott manages product inventory and oversees production of both crops and livestock.   His wife Nena monitors the quality of our eggs as she personally washes, candles and packs the eggs.  Their two children George Henry II (age 12) and Alexia (age 9), help with small livestock chores and also have their own duck egg business.    In 2011 Martha Lopez (Nena’s mother) joined the farm operation full time when she relocated here from Nicaragua.   She also works and resides on the farm and her tireless work ethic keeps everything running smoothly, as she assists with everyday feeding chores, collecting eggs, and harvesting vegetables, while also preparing many delicious home cooked meals.    George D. Hasselmann a spry 77 year old is the back bone of the farm.   His duties include all types of tractor work like plowing, discing, cultivating, as well as cutting, raking and baling hay.   In winter months he does a lot of equipment maintenance and hauling of livestock to the processor.

Family are not the only ones that keep the farm running smoothly we also have some awesome part time helpers.   Our hired man Jaime, who is like family to us, started at Hasselmann Farm in 2010 and has become a vital member of our operation.  Although he came to us with no previous livestock experience, he has blossomed into a natural farmhand with excellent animal husbandry skills. His primary job is to make sure all the livestock facilities are clean, well kept and in good repair.  In addition, he is responsible for the maintenance of our tractors and equipment, a job he does extremely well as he is also a top notch mechanic.

In addition, we also have some amazing marketing helpers that do a great job keeping the marketing end of the farm running.  Julie Govert has been with us since 2012 and does a great job keeping all our books and paper work in proper order.   Josh Kriner started as an intern in 2013 and now manages deliveries and farmers market sales.  Jennifer Satut our top notch web designer started with us in 2011 and is in charge of website development, social media marketing and customer relations.

Overall, it is a team effort at Hasselmann Family Farm! We value and truly enjoy working together with family and friends to produce healthy, tasty and humanely-raised food for our customers.

 

Did you know?

The average age of the American Farmer is pushing 58 years old.

A few words from our customers.

Hassleman farm has been a real blessing to my family. Food is absolutely delicious and I feel great that we are eating pasture meats with health benefits and no bad karma from animals tortured by factory farming. Paulina, Highland Park