by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (December 21, 2018) – Tim Freeberg doesn’t know if he’ll be coming to work tomorrow. The familiar face behind the counter at Jansma’s Farm Stand found out a few months ago that owner Dave Jansma was planning to shut down. He hasn’t been given an official reason (“I’m just the cashier”), but Freeberg believes it was just too hard to compete with larger stores that also sell produce. And when sales are down, it’s especially difficult to pay Cook County taxes.
On Friday, the store was nearly empty, and the remaining produce is selling for half price. Depending on how much is left at the end of the day, Freeberg says Jansma might tell him not to bother to come in on Saturday, the official last day of business.
For a while, Jansma was planning to simply close for the slow month of January and reopen again in February. But he has started another job, so the closing will most likely become permanent, though there is talk of opening for short periods during flower season and other busy times.
At the time of this posting, Jansma was not available for interview. An update will be posted as more information becomes available.
Jansma’s Farm Stand is located at 3033 Ridge Road in Lansing. The produce stand has been known as Jansma’s for about 30 years; prior to that it was Van Til’s, originally Riemer Van Til & Sons.