Suited 'to a tea' — food hub gives opportunities

RANTOUL — Tea from corn.

That’s one of the products Guenha Kim is able to extract from his waxy corn that he grows on plots at Chanute Fields — the Rantoul food hub site.

Kim has plots totaling 3 acres next to the Rantoul FFA plot south of Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center near U.S. 45 and near the Illinois Center for

Satisfying his inner farmer: Food hub meets need to get back to the land

RANTOUL — Part of Jason Bartell never left the farm.

Having grown up a farmer’s son in rural Rantoul, even when he left for the hustle-bustle of Washington, D.C., he knew he wasn’t cut out to be a full-time farmer.

But there’s something therapeutic about getting one’s hands dirty. The Rantoul food hub opportunity helps to satisfy those cravings.

It's show time: Half Century show to open Thursday

RANTOUL — Every two years, members of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club fire up their time machine and take people back to a simpler period on the farm.

That time rolls around again this week when the seventh edition of the Half Century of Progress show runs Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the Rantoul National Aviation Center.

Texas man to surprise his dad with vintage tractors at Half Century show

RANTOUL — Gabe Kerr has been able to do something special with his mother about every year for Mother’s Day, but not for his dad when Father’s Day came around.

One-room schoolhouses were located every 2 miles

RANTOUL — By Virlon Suits’ estimation, there were about 50 one-room schoolhouses in northeastern Champaign County.

Preserving a bygone era: One-room schoolhouse moved from near Rantoul to I&I site in Penfield

RANTOUL — Students who attended the Maplewood one-room schoolhouse had it pretty good — at least for that era.

They had indoor “plumbing.”

Indoor as in that they didn’t have to go to an outhouse to relieve themselves. The outhouse was actually an “inhouse,” although not in the modern terms of today.

Rantoul farmers market an early hit

RANTOUL — An estimated 240 people turned out for the first Rantoul farmers market of the season last week.

It kept the only food vendor — the Rantoul Township High School FFA chapter — busy.

The FFA chapter had sweetcorn, cabbage, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes for sale.

Rain can't stop annual Historic Farm Days

PENFIELD — Every farmer knows that rain can throw a monkey wrench into things.

The wet conditions didn't make things too pleasant at this year's Historic Farm Days, hosted by the I&I club in Penfield, but it didn't stop them.

Most, if not all, of the activities went on as planned.

Historic Farm Days run through Sunday

PENFIELD — A lot of green will be on site at the grounds of this year’s Historic Farm Days.

And it’s not just the green grass and fields boosted by a record month of precipitation.

John Deere will be the featured farm implement line at the show, sponsored by the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club in Penfield. The show will be held this weekend, July 9-12.

Heavy rains affecting area farms

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County farmers continue to contend with ponding in fields, but in many cases, their situation isn’t as bad as that of other areas.

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