DuPage County Farm Bureau

Specialty Crops


We grow many different specialty crops here in Illinois! This lesson will give you an overview of Illinois agriculture and the specialty crops that are grown here.


Virtual Field Trip 

Join us at Fishy Green Organic Farm as they give us a behind-the-scenes look at how they grow lettuce using aquaponics and hydroponics at their greenhouses.


Specialty Crop Seasons Ag Mag

Specialty Crop Seasons Worksheet


Book Recommendations: 

  • It’s Spring by Linda Glaser
  • The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
  • Popcorn! by Elaine Landau
  • First Peas to the Table by Susan Grigsby


Did you know that Illinois is the #1 grower of horseradish in the United States? Most of this crop is grown around Collinsville, nicknamed the “Horseradish Capital of the World”. Check out this video to see how this specialty crop is harvested and processed.