Our story at Green Acres started more than 80 years ago, in 1934, when my grandparents, Morizo and Namie Sakaguchi, moved to northern Indiana and began vegetable farming. As Japanese immigrants, they worked hard, long hours to rear five children and eventually buy a farm of their own. My grandfather raised Japanese and Chinese vegetables to sell to restaurant and grocery businesses in Chicago. After building a reputation of growing the best nappa (chinese cabbage), daikon (japanese radish), nigauri (bittermelon), and nasubi (japanese eggplant); Morizo Sakaguchi retired proudly in 1969. My dad, Ben, (Morizo and Namie's third-born son) purchased the farm. Green Acres continued to grow and thrive for the next 35 years.
Since 1996, and following my dad's retirement, my husband Brent and I have worked diligently to make this third-generation family farm a continued success. Under our ownership, Green Acres has evolved from a wholesale truck farm to a direct-marketing operation. Expanding on the asian vegetable niche, we also grow many varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruits. We aim to provide our customers with nutrient dense, organically grown, great tasting food. Green Acres is proud to be a member of the Certified Naturally Grown family, which means that we never use synthetic fertilizers, chemical sprays, or GMO's, and endeavor to always give back more to our land than we take. We strive to not only feed our communities, but to inspire awareness of sustainably grown food and seasonal eating. We sell our produce at Chicago's Green City Market, the Evanston Farmer's Market, and to scores of restaurants in the Chicagoland area.
--Beth Sakaguchi Eccles