HAMPSHIRE, Ill. — Linda and Dale Drendel are opening their
Hampshire farmstead to the general public for a dairy breakfast and farm tour
from 6 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.
The Drendels offer this experience to visit a farm and
provide others with a better understanding of the origins of their food, such as
“This Saturday morning family activity is meant to be
enjoyed by all ages,” Dale Drendel said. “We welcome visitors and hope they see
this as an opportunity to learn more about how we care for our animals and
produce fresh and wholesome milk.”
When visiting the farm, known as Lindale Holstein Farm, one
of the highlights will be watching some of the 150 dairy cows being milked in
the milking parlor.
The modern parlor accommodates 11 Holstein cows at a time
and offers viewers an up-close look at the farm’s automation and the transfer of
milk from the cow to the bulk tank. Milking demonstrations will be offered from
6 to 9 a.m.
The farm visit also offers a tour of the barns to see the
young dairy calves, heifers and cows.
Visitors who have never milked a cow before will have this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to milk a cow by hand just like farmers used to
do many years ago. And they’ll see all aspects of dairy production, from the
feed used in their special diets to the care taken by farmers to assure their
animals are comfortable and healthy.
Besides the cows, visitors to the farm will see farm
equipment used on the dairy and grain farm and get to sit on the seat of a
modern tractor. The Drendels grow corn, soybeans, alfalfa, oats and wheat, much
of which is used for dairy feed.
To top off the morning, a farm-style breakfast complete with
pancakes, sausage, applesauce, cheese, milk, coffee and ice cream will be served
from 6 to 11 a.m.
A donation of $8 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 10
years old will be collected. Prices include breakfast and the farm visit.
The event is being sponsored by dairymen from DeKalb and
Kane counties who are members of the Kishwaukee Dairy Herd Improvement
The Drendels are avid promoters of the dairy industry
whether it’s welcoming visitors to their farm, showing cattle at fairs, serving
in leadership roles or educating others about agriculture. Dale Drendel serves
on the boards of the Illinois Milk Producers Association, Foremost Farms,
Kishwaukee DHIA and Dairy Lab Services.
Linda Drendel, a former teacher, also has an active role on
the farm and serves on the Midwest Dairy Association. The Drendels also are
participants in Illinois Farm Families and host Chicago moms for farm
Their son, Jeff, works alongside them on their farm. Their
daughters are Carrie Corson, public relations project manager for Country
Financial in Bloomington, and Julie Ashton of Marseilles, farm broadcaster for
the Big Ag Radio Network and Nelson Multimedia Group.
As livestock caretakers for the past 40 years, the Drendels
hold themselves accountable to the hundreds of dairy animals on their farm.
“We take personal responsibility for feeding and caring for
our animals and providing top-quality milk for consumers,” Linda Drendel
The Drendel farm address is 15N057 Walker Rd. The farm is
located two miles southwest of Hampshire.
From north of Sycamore on Route 23, travel east on Plank
Road for seven miles until reaching Burlington. Turn left, going north, on
Walker Road for three miles.
From Genoa, go east on Route 72 for 6.5 miles and turn
right, going south, on Walker Road for one-half mile. Directional signs will be
posted close to the farmstead. Handicap parking is available at the farm.
For additional information, contact Bill Lenschow at (815)
895-9690. To learn more about the Drendel operation, visit