Evergreen Farm co-owner Kathy Theis has fielded some concerns about her produce since local media reported sewage sludge was applied to property once considered as a storage site for clean fill from the Route 47 construction project.
She's happy to field the questions, and she's encouraging people with lingering doubts to give her a call at the farmstand (630-553-5455). She said her farm is not associated with or affected by the corn fields where sewage sludge was applied.
"We don't want them to be afraid to eat our produce," said Theis, who owns the farm and stand with her husband, Steve.
The confusion seems to lie with geography and a name. Theis' Evergreen Farm is a fourth-generation operation off Fox Road west of Yorkville that sells tomatoes, honey and other produce.
"My grandkids are the fifth generation," Theis said. "Hopefully they'll want to keep doing it."
City officials have been referring to the property considered for the fill storage site as Evergreen Farm. That property is west and north of Theis' Evergreen Farm. It was sold to a developer in 2000 to build a subdivision called Evergreen Farm Estates; that development never materialized, and field corn presently sits on the property.
D Construction, which is managing the Route 47 expansion project, applied for a special use permit to use the property slated for development as a storage and dump site for clean fill from the project. City officials denied that request, as well as a more recent request to apply for a state grant to purchase that property and turn it into a city park.