When Shirley Tanck and her husband were looking to retire in 2001 they decided to buy The Farm. The agricultural-themed attraction north of Sturgeon Bay is one of Door County's most popular attractions. David Tanck, Shirley's son, started working at The Farm as a teenager and continued through college. The original owners told David they were looking to sell. Shirley Tanck says the 40-acres of hardwood stands, gardens, animals and historic buildings give people a personal connection with farming.
The vegetable gardens have become one of the more popular attractions at The Farm. More people are asking questions about growing their own food. Tanck believes experienced and first-time gardeners are also looking to cultivate a little peace of mind.
The hardwood stands are also popular during the fall color season. The Farm is located on Highway 57 and is open from Memorial Day through mid-October.
Picture by Tom Jordan