BATAVIA – As a youngster, James Muetze enjoyed selling produce with his parents, Bill and Cathy Muetze, at Poplar Farms on Main Street near Batavia.
Now, the 31-year-old has his own produce stand, along with a 25-acre farm. Muetze and his wife, Brandi, have acquired the farm at 39W100 Main St., near Batavia, renaming it Poplar Acres.
He is the third generation to run the farm. His dad and grandfather started it as a hog farm.
The produce stand previously was located down the road, where Marklund’s facility in Mill Creek subdivision is now located. The couple acquired the property last winter, and this is Poplar Acres’ first season.
“We’re happy to open the farm to the community,” Brandi Muetze said.
Poplar Acres operates a self-serve produce stand that is open 24 hours.
“We wanted to be a local family farm and be accessible to the community,” she said. “It’s been pretty successful.”
Poplar Acres’ Fall Fest began in September and runs through Nov. 3. The fest offers several attractions, including two corn mazes, miniature train rides, a farm animal birthing barn, a kids play area and a giant slide.
Admission is $10 per person, and those ages 2 and under are admitted free.
The Muetzes live on the farm with their four young daughters. James Muetze said he has enjoyed introducing his family to the life that he grew up with.
That includes his wife, who admitted she didn’t think she ever would live on a farm.
“It keeps me on my toes,” Brandi Muetze said.
About 100 free-range chickens roam around the property.
“It’s relaxing to watch them do their thing, to roam around and be chickens,” she said.
Information is available at www.bataviafarms.com, or by calling 630-746-8364.
Want to know more about Poplar Acres? Visit www.bataviafarm.com, or call 630-746-8364.