The Story of Johnson's Produce Farm
Quality Produce, Quality Service
Johnson's Farm Produce has been selling some of the freshest home grown fruits and vegetables available in Hobart, Indiana since 1940. It was back then that Ethel Johnson nailed a sign up on the old oak tree, selling the extra tomatoes and vegetables she had available from the family garden. Soon, Ethel, her husband Clark, and their son Rod saw the little business grow, and converted the old barn to use as the farm market.
A lot of things have changed since then, and today, Johnson's Farm Produce is one of the largest owned and operated garden centers and farm stand in the state of Indiana. But just as important, unlike most of our competitors, we still grow almost everything we sell. That means that when you buy from us, your fruits and vegetables were allowed to fully ripened on the vine, and were picked at the very peak of their flavor and nutritional value. No wonder so many folks from the greater Chicago area drive out to our farm for good produce and a fun drive.
The old barn is still standing, but a larger farm market building was erected in 1960. The extensive greenhouse added in the early 90's helps us control the quality of all our products—flowers, plants, vegetables and berries. Today, we offer a full service lawn and garden center, in addition to the greenhouse and farm market.
We are proud to say that this is a family farm, now run by Clark and Ethel's son and daughter, Rodney Johnson Sr, and his wife Virginia, and their son and daughter, Rodney Jr. and Jennifer, along with Jennifer's husband Steve.
Rodney Sr. manages the farm, and working alongside him is Rodney Johnson Jr, who is now the head farmer and "the strawberry man." Jennifer is the store general manager and bookkeeper, and her husband, Steve is the manager of the farm's new convenient location in Valparaiso,on Highway 30. Virginia also does bookkeeping and works in the greenhouse. You can truly say it’s a family operation at Johnson farms.
For nearly three-quarters of a century, our family has grown fresh vegetables, strawberries, plants and flowers with the tender loving care—knowing that what we grow isn't shipped across the country, it is bought and enjoyed by our own neighbors and friends. Stop by and see the family, and let us show you how our family tradition provides you with personal service, top quality products, and the best produce you ever ate!