In 1956 Case & Grace DeBoer sold their farm in South Holland,
Illinois and bought a 40-acre farm on Joe Orr Road in
Chicago Heights. Case and his son John raised onions,
carrots, sugar beets, tomatoes and onion sets.
Case passed away in 1965, at which time John and his wife
Stella moved to the farm. John & Stella continued to farm
and raise three children.
In 1979 John Sr, Stella & John Jr started Big Johnís Farm
Market, joined in 1980 by John Jrís wife Sandy. We raised
vegetables to sell at the farmstand along with onion sets,
and grain. After deciding to stop raising onion sets in
1983, farmers markets in the city of Chicago were added to
The first greenhouse was built in 1987 and the second in
1993. From that time we have been adding greenhouse space
til the present. We currently have 80,000 square feet of
indoor growing space and outdoor space for fall mums.
In December you will find Christmas trees for sale at Big
Johnís. Around this time the work starts in the greenhouse for
the next season. First, planting seeds and cuttings, then
hanging baskets, combination planters, and much more,
including our own vegetable plants for the field. We open to
sell flowers at the end of April.
When greenhouse/flower season slows down the farming picks
up. We grow vegetables to sell here at the farm market on
Joe Orr Rd and our two farmers markets which are in the
towns Deerfield and Tinley Park. We also sell produce at the
wholesale produce market in Chicago. We take pride in
growing the best sweet corn around. It is picked fresh daily
Now working with the 4th generation of the DeBoer
family, we strive to give you the highest quality plants and
vegetables. Whether growing our special combination baskets
and planters or the freshest produce for you, we are happy
to offer you our best.
Come by and check us out!