In 1989, we planted four rows of sweet corn around our house so we could water it and have fresh sweet corn to eat. At that time we were a traditional Midwestern farm raising about 350 acres of field crops and milking about 50 cows each day. The Skelly family had been farming the area since the mid-1800s. Those four rows produced more corn than we could eat, so we put a sign in front of our house on Hayner Road, a rural road southwest of Janesville, and sold the corn to neighbors driving by for one dollar for a dozen ears.
There has not been a cow on the Skelly farm since 2000, and you will not find gigantic tractors working our fields today. However, with over 100 acres of fresh produce, our farm is still very alive and well.
In the mid-1990s, other vegetables were added to the farm and pumpkins followed shortly after. The first corn maze was cut in 1998 and a new building was added in 1999 moving the business out of the garage. When the cows were sold in 2000 to other area farmers, we decided to focus all of our effort on producing top quality produce and farm fun for families. Strawberry beds were added in 2002 starting the summer season earlier. By 2006, the farm and first Skelly standstore had outgrown its location next to the family home.
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