A big thanks to those friends and customers who came out to the first ever Hasselmann Family Farm Dinner at Niche Restaurant in Geneva. We had so much fun getting to chat with all of you and enjoy a dinner together! Here are a few pictures from the event. And don’t worry if you missed this dinner – we’ll be sure to have another one!

 

We received this note from a customer shortly after Thanksgiving. We’re so happy to have helped make this holiday meal special for this family!

This is to Scott and the whole Hasselmann Family Farm group.  I first heard about you at the Palatine Farmers Market.  I am a Health Coach and am always looking for sources of good quality foods for my family and my clients.  I called Scott about a week before Thanksgiving in hopes that I would still be able to obtain a Thanksgiving turkey from him but was pretty sure I was not going to have much luck.  Scott called me back and because I live in Arlington Heights and could pick it up from his dad, he said he would have one available for me.  It was a 25 pounder!

I usually purchase organic turkeys from Whole Foods for Thanksgiving and this was my first turkey from you.  THIS TURKEY WAS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE MOST FANTASTIC, SUCCULENT BIRD MY FAMILY AND GUESTS HAVE EVER TASTED!!!!!   I thought my husband was going to eat half the bird while carving before he could even get it to the table.  The meat was so tender it was just falling off the bone.  I just wanted to send my sincere gratitude for not only going above and beyond with your kindness of letting me order one at such a late date but for providing such quality in a world where most of our food supply is lacking.  Please know that what you do is so very much appreciated by the people you are able to serve.
 
Have a blessed Holiday. 
S. Ready

 

Our girls are enjoying a few extra hours of light these days thanks to green technology! Friend & customer Tom DeBates of Habi-Tek (Geneva, IL) recently installed solar panels on our new hen house. This allows us to light the hen house, giving the girls a few extra hours of light each day. We’re excited to be able to use this renewable, clean resource to improve our egg production & keep our hens happy & healthy!

Read more about Tom & his company at http://www.habi-tek.com/

Barbara Hasselmann, Scott’s mother, passed away on September 4, 2012 after bravely fighting cancer for the past 4 months. Many of our customers may know her from picking up orders from her home in Arlington Heights.

She was a intregal part of Hasselmann Family Farm, beginning with her encouragement of the undertaking of starting the farm 6 years ago. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Jones from Preston, MN,  Barb grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Southwestern Minnesota and was raised as a farm girl (and thus very familiar with farm life!) During her childhood she participated in 4H showing cattle and, as most farm kids do, helped with chores on the farm. After high school she studied teaching at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Upon graduating from Central she moved to St. Charles, Illinois to teach French and English. There, she met a local mushroom grower from Elk Grove Village named George Hasselmann Jr. In storybook fashion, they were married shortly thereafter in Preston, MN by a Rev. Walter Pickup. George would often joke happily that he was married to Farmer Jones’s daughter by Rev. Pickup. Their marriage lasted 41 wonderful years until her death this September.

Barb’s experience growing up on a farm in a vibrant rural community helped her to value farm life and the life Scott and Nena are trying to create for their children. She was a constant source of support & council to Scott & Nena during the farms founding, and was an active participant in many functions of the farm throughout the years. From order fulfillment, help with marketing, reaching out to customers – she was always willing to lend a hand and this farm will not be the same without her.

Barb was a woman of faith, conviction & commitment, and besides her commitment to the farm she was also a Shaklee salesperson for 30 years, an avid golfer, a long-time church choir member and spent the last 10 years serving on the Stephen Ministry & Living Nativity at her church.

She will be missed terribly by her husband George, son George “Scott”, daughter-in-law Nena and grandchildren George & Alexia.

Did you know?

Pigs are one of the few animals that will NOT overeat.

A few words from our customers.

I purchase a supply of meats, chicken, and eggs from the farm once a month. I have tried everything from leg of lamb to ground beef to bacon and pork roast. These are the best meat products I have ever enjoyed. It makes me feel good to know that the meats and eggs from Hasselmann Farm are safe and that the animals are humanely treated. Elizabeth