Illinois May 08, 2018
12 Ways To Know You’re From An Illinois Farm Town
Odds are, if you live in Illinois, you probably live in a farm town. With more than 80 percent of our land being fields of crops and livestock, no one is far from one of many wonderfully quiet little towns in the Prairie State.
If you’re still not sure whether or not you’re from farm country, scroll through this list of 12 ways to know for sure.
1. The next town is several miles (and fields) away.
If your town is surrounded by farms and fields, there's a good chance it's all about farming. Thank goodness for all that peace and quiet.
2. You're used to seeing cows, chickens, horses, and sheep in your neighborhood.
It's always fun to see these cute critters roaming about. If you live close enough to a farm, you may even have the pleasure of getting to interact with them. Cows are typically super friendly.
3. Your cell phone signal is spotty.
Can you hear me now? This is less a joke and more a reality of life if you live in farm country.
4. Your house is surrounded by fields, and you don't even live on a farm.
Especially if you're living down there in Amish country, people probably think you live on a farm just because your backyard is corn fields.
5. Your school had an AG Club.
If you don't know what AG stands for, you probably aren't from a farm town.
6. You (or someone you know) once drove a tractor to school.
This is part of AG Club, typically. There's often at least one day each year that is designated as "drive-your-tractor-to-school day."
7. You've heard a rooster call.
You've heard it, and you know it isn't always worth relying on for waking up at the right time.
8. The smell of manure is both disgusting and pleasantly familiar.
Poop is never a joyous smell, but the earthiness of manure is at least better than that of human waste.
9. You know random facts about corn and wheat.
You hear things like "knee high by July" when you live around the country, and you probably notice the fields switch what is grown there every other year, and you probably know why. What other random facts do you know about farming?
10. You buy produce from roadside farm stands rather than farmer's markets.
Farmer's markets are for cities. Those of use who live out in the middle of nowhere know it's best to actually stop at or near the farm the fruit and vegetables were grown.
11. There's a cornfield between you and the next house.
Being neighbors has a whole new meaning when you're from a farm town.
12. You're used to being stuck behind a tractor going 15 miles an hour.
It's frustrating, but if you're really from an Illinois farm town, you know how to pass one of these suckers with ease. It's just another day in the country.
Even if you’re not from farm country, you can still enjoy the views. Here are
10 images of Illinois countryside that will make you long for the simple life.
What’s the verdict? Are you from an Illinois farm town? Share your discoveries with us in the comments below.