Peaches, Cubs Tickets, Family Fun and Music and Cheese All This Week From The Farm Bureau

Delicious Cresthaven Peaches!

I’m pleased to announce that orders are now being taken for those legendary Cresthaven freestone peaches from Rendleman Orchards in Alto Pass, Illinois. We have been working with this outstanding family orchard for over a decade and the quality of product and service is always excellent, and they report that this year’s crop looks terrific. We’re selling a 25# box of these tasty peaches for $27 for Farm Bureau members and $32 for non-members, and we’re anticipating delivery on Tuesday August 9. We will plan to have peaches ready for pickup from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 9 and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 10, and we’d like to have all peaches picked up during that time to ensure freshness. We ask that you kindly don’t arrive prior to 8 a.m. on August 9 to allow for the truck to be fully unloaded before distribution.

Orders must be submitted and paid for by Friday August 5, and forms are available at or at the Farm Bureau office at 210 W. Spring Street in Freeport. Treat yourself to some of the best peaches around as we proudly promote Illinois produce!

Cubs/Brewers tickets available

We’ve filled our July 20 busses to the Cubs/Mets game at Wrigley Field, but we do have a few seats available for our Cubs/Brewers games at Miller Park in Milwaukee on Friday July 22 (9 seats) and Tuesday September 6 (1 seat). We have terrific field level seats for both games, with the bus departing the Wal-Mart parking lot in Freeport at 4 p.m. and picking up in Rock City at 4:20 p.m. as we travel north for the 7:10 p.m. game. You never have to worry about a rainout at Miller Park, and it’s a great atmosphere for a competitive game. These seats will disappear quickly, so call us today to claim your seats!

A fun family experience

Andrea and I enjoyed a great time recently as our extended family competed together in the 5th annual Run Galesburg Run event on June 5. Andrea and I, along with my second cousins Aaron and Nathan Poe, ran the half marathon on a great new course winding through the beautiful streets of Galesburg. I was happy to lower my PR by over 4 minutes, but the highlight was having my 83-year-old father Howard walking the 5K along with my cousin Lori Poe, her husband Jerry, and Aaron’s girlfriend Anastasia. We were especially excited when Dad got a nice trophy for 3rd place in his age group! Aaron and Anastasia made the trek from Boston and Nate from Centralia Washington, with their parents travelling from Sycamore Illinois to enjoy a delicious pre-race pasta supper at Dad’s house on Saturday (prepared by Andrea) and the fun morning together on Sunday. I don’t think that Dad is considering joining us on the race circuit, but I couldn’t be prouder of his efforts after he suffered a heart attack less than a year ago.

Musical memories

While visiting my dad last week, I also got a chance to take in the Saturday evening performance of Choral Dynamics of Galesburg as they rolled out their 40th anniversary production, “Rockin’ Road Trip” at Galesburg’s spectacular Orpheum Theatre. I joined the group in August 1976 for their second show and spent 14 years performing with the group before our move to Carroll Iowa in December 1990. My older brother Jeff joined in the 1980’s and continues to participate and serve on the board, and our niece Amber has also performed for several years. Choral Dynamics involves people who enjoy singing and puts on two shows annually in June and December, and they have now raised nearly $500,000 for local charities through ad sales in the program book by each show’s selected sponsor. I have many great memories of my time with the group, and it was great to see many old friends both onstage and in the audience. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the 40th anniversary gathering this summer as it falls during the Stephenson County Fair and a granddaughter’s visit.

Cheese & Cheers Tour 2016

We kicked off the new and improved Cheese and Cheers Tour on June 1 with a reception at the Freeport/Stephenson County Visitors Center, and enthusiasm is already running high for this collaborative effort. In a new format this year, a passport is issued that allows guests to visit the participating businesses at their leisure from June 1 through December 31, 2016 and get their passport stamped with a qualifying purchase. Each business will be offering a nice incentive gift, and when a person’s passport is fully stamped they can return to the business of their choice and claim the prize they desire (one per completed passport). Participating venues include Megz Country Cheese (Davis), The Cheese Market (Freeport), Generations Brewing Company (Freeport), Lena Brewing Company (Lena), and Famous Fossil Vineyard & Winery (Cedarville). Passports can be picked up at any of the businesses, and we’ve already received some great reviews from area residents who have begun the tour. We hope you’ll join the fun and enjoy our local businesses on the Cheese & Cheers Tour!

Ag Breakfast silent auction

Be sure to stop by our silent auction at the Stephenson County Ag Breakfast on Saturday June 25 at the fairgrounds – we have a great lineup of items and proceeds will be used to support 4-H and FFA programs and ag education in Stephenson County – details on the breakfast can be found at

Bruce Johnson is the manager of the Stephenson County Farm Bureau

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