In 2017 we had the opportunity to carry on the legacy of Hoekstra Potato Farms in St. Anne, Illinois. For four generations the Hoekstra's produced potatoes on the rich sandy soils of eastern Kankakee county in St. Anne, Illinois.
dates back to the 1940's
when William was farming
with his father, John. In 1967,
William and his two sons, Bob & Jerry,
began the company, Wm. Hoekstra & Sons,
which then became known as Hoekstra Potato
Farms. Today, at Sackett Potatoes we continue the
tradition by concentrating on producing high quality
potatoes for the chipping market. Sackett Potatoes is
proud to carry on where the Hoekstra family left off.
The growing season begins in late March with the planting of 2,000 acres of potatoes until late May. April is the month that 2,200 acres of corn are planted, along with 500 acres of soybeans. Hilling of potatoes is started as they begin to come out of the ground in May. We also grow 1,000 acres of second crop soybeans that are planted after the wheat is harvested.
The second week of July is when potato harvest begins. Lasting 10-14 weeks, we will harvest roughly 1,300 semi loads into late October. Wheat is harvested in late June and early July and is delivered directly to local elevators at the time of harvest. Corn is harvested in late September through November and is delivered directly to local elevators at the time of harvest. Wheat is planted after potato fields are harvested beginning in late September. Soybean harvest finishes off the growing season in November and early December and is delivered directly to local elevators at the time of harvest.
Today at Sackett Potatoes, we continue the tradition by concentrating on producing high quality potatoes for the chipping market. We continue to improve the farm and equipment over time. We have updated the line of tractors, planting and harvest equipment. New pivots with wells have been installed and the land is cared for using proper tillage practices.
Commitment to quality has always been a priority at Sackett Potatoes. Our production practices of using irrigation along with an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) program has allowed us to produce high quality potatoes, corn, wheat, and soybeans in an efficient and environmentally sound manner.
Our commitment is evident at our grading facility as well as in the field. That way we can be certain that every load shipped meets our customer's needs.
Want to join our team?
At Sackett Potatoes we are always looking for driven individuals to add to our team.
We offer full time, part time and seasonal positions at competitive wage packages.
If you feel your skills could benefit our organization and would like the opportunity to grow with with a company that’s constantly looking to expand its horizons, please send us your resume’.