Once Upon a Dairy Farm

in Chicago

On Pinterest, I created a Summer Living List of things that I do as well as others I’d like to explore this summer. One of the activities that made it to the board was taking a family trip to a dairy farm. Last month, we did just that. We went on an adventure to YonEd, a private dairy farm, in Union Mills. We attempted this trip twice, both times we got lost, but were able to recover the second time around. #nevergiveup #timeforagps


We were welcomed by Alice Lindborg, owner of YonEd. She invited us in her home for some ice cream treats. When I mentioned my blog, a collection of my thoughts, she showed us a journal that her great grandfather had written in the 1800’s. It was covered lightly in dust. It was like being inside of a movie. That moment when an elder pulls out a box of treasures and children gather around for a story. It was perfect.


After our snacks, we headed out for our tour.


The dairy cows eat and rest in this shelter away from the elements (bedding, unpictured, to the far right).


Dairy cows eat forage. Four stomach’s worth.


The milking parlour.


The girls leaving the parlour were quite curious and gave Jayden some lovin’.


This milk cooler can store up to 4,000 gallons of milk!


Taking a look at the birth certificate of a Holstein cow (dairy cow). Their name starts with the name of the farm, followed by an ID number, and unique name. Ex: YONED 570 Devin Dusty.


Jayden got to help mix milk for the…


…heifer calves,…


…and sit in a tractor with Mrs. Lindborg! He was fascinated by the horn – boys!


Note to self: keep extra shoes in car for toddlers who give their shoes away to curious cows. (we got the shoe back)


Father-son moment to cherish.


Squintastic family.

More photos on Flickr…

Our visit to the dairy farm was one to remember. It was definitely one of the many learning experiences that awaits us. And the photos that I took? I’m so happy to have them. Unordinary feels so right.

Our visit was arranged by the Midwest Dairy Association. Expenses for our little trip were covered by Midwest Dairy Association as well. While not required to blog about our visit, I wanted to because we had a really good time. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Vern Hundt January 7, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    This was such a cool story to read. My mother Ellen (Van Scoik) was born in the Lindborg house in 1916. She lived one-quarter mile east of there most of her life until she died in 2009. I grew up with the owner, Yon Lindborg, and spent many great hours at their farm when I was a child. I live west of Chicago now and the last time I saw Yon when my mother passed away, but I hope to take my children and grand-children to visit YONED Farm some day. My youngest son is a Vet now, and he would appreciate it the most. Thanks for the story. It brought back a lot of good memeories.

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  • Leontien August 16, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    It looked like you had a wonderful time at the dairy!

    Hope you will find more time to visit other dairies!

    Thanks for sharing

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  • Emily @ Zweber Family Farms August 8, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    LOVE, LOVE the photos, especially the one of Jayden getting cow kisses. What a great experience for your family. It is amazing that the blogging world has connected so many of us whose paths might never have crossed. Keep up the good work!

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  • Homemom3 July 23, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    I would’ve blogged about this one too, these are the types of trips I love and adore. Totally out of the elements but very educational. I would’ve loved to have sat down and listened to the stories. I must ask since I didn’t see it pictured do they still milk cows ummmm, uhhh the old fashioned way (as my kids would put it)? If so did ya’ll get to try it? I’ve never done it but my daughter got to do it when she did a school trip to one. Love the pics.

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    • Sheena July 23, 2011 at 5:37 PM

      @Homemom3, Thanks! They use machines in the milking parlor. It would have been cool to milk some cows by hand, teets and all! Hahaha!

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  • Shelly July 23, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    This post was put together so nicely! I really love your photos and it looks like everyone had a great time. What a cool experience! :)

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    • Sheena August 5, 2011 at 2:47 AM

      Thanks, Shelly! We’re still on a high!

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  • Gerri July 21, 2011 at 8:29 AM

    What a cool experience! We’ve never done the dairy farm thing, but it certainly sounds like it’s something we should add to our list. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Sandra Hicks July 20, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    This was so cool. I have taken my children to the dairy farm too. It is such a good experience for both the parents and the kids. Great family times.

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  • Alice Lindborg July 20, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Wow! Your photos are wonderful. Sooooooooo glad you all had a good visit. Just had a new heifer born and another calf on the way. Will it be a bull or a heifer? Yes! LOL! There are only 2 choices! Alice

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  • andie July 20, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    That is the coolest thing. I love the connection between blogging and journaling! And the lost shoe is hilarious. Sounds like something one of my kids would do. Glad you all had fun, and finally found it.

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  • tori nelson July 20, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    What a cool experience for your son! Great photos!

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  • Anthony from CharismaticKid July 20, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    What? Cows eat something other than corn? Kudos to this dairy farm. They do what 99% of other farms neglect to do, which is feed their livestock what they actually were MADE to eat… grass and hay.

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  • Brandi July 19, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    This looks like a really great day! We went to a dairy farm a couple of weeks ago, and my two year old is still talking about cows!

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