We headed to Illinois for the Labor Day weekend. On the way we took a different route, though it took a bit longer we found some new places. If you remember I did a post about a tobacco barn last year this time. I've been wanting ever since to see a tobacco field. Well, this past weekend I got my wish. Jim actually spied the tobacco field first and stopped so I could snap some shots. This field is getting cut and stacked like this to dry.
Then Jim went down the road that runs in front of the farm. I stood up
in the van to get higher so I could get a better shot of the farm.
Jim decided to drive up the driveway to see if anyone was out to ask if we could get a closer look of the place, I was hesitant going into someones yard. Going down the road I commented that it looks like there are Amish living in the area, because I could see the buggy tracks on the road.
The farm turned out to actually be a green house where they sell mums and it also turned out to be an Amish farm. There was an Amish woman out tending to the mums so Jim got out to talk to her. She was very happy to let us look around. I asked her if she minded me taking pictures and she told me that it was not a problem. I also asked her if the men would mind if I took pictures of them working and she told me that would be just fine, so those photos I will share later.
The barn where the tobacco is being dried. The barn was not your typical tobacco barn, it was a dairy barn at one time that was re-vamped to a tobacco barn. We were able to walk inside and the smell that was inside the barn was
wonderful. I don't smoke and neither does Jim, but we both loved the aroma that filled the barn.
After leaving the farm I spied another tobacco field as we were heading down the road. This one I took on the fly, so sorry it's not that great. The lighter green is the tobacco.
I'm glad we went this way and I hope we go back this way again.