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Ken Myszka, owner and director of operations for Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group, stands in the market area of Bakery and Pickle that opened in September in downtown Bloomington. Myszka is selling the Epiphany Farms site on Bloominton's southern edge and moving operations to a new location east of Downs.

BLOOMINGTON — For Ken Myszka, planting the seeds on the Epiphany Farms site on Bloomington’s southern edge was bittersweet.

Myszka, the owner and director of operations for the Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group, is hoping the seeds he planted in the spring will be harvested by new residents in the fall.

Myszka said Epiphany Farms has outgrown the 10 acres there and will be moving all operations to Epiphany Estate, about four miles east of Downs.

“This is a great place and we are sad to leave here because I have had three kids grow up in that house, but our business has grown and we need more room,” he said.

After working in some of the finest restaurants in the country, including Solo (New York), Company American Bistro (Las Vegas), and Broadmoor Resort (Colorado Springs), Myszka returned to Bloomington-Normal where he grew up in 2009.

Since then, he and his family have opened Epiphany Farms Restaurant at 220 E. Front St. in Bloomington, Anju Above on the second floor of the same building, the Old Bank Restaurant and Bar at 201 E. Center St., LeRoy and Bakery and Pickle at 513 N. Main, Bloomington.

“We are building a new facility and we are kind of mimicking the farm that we had at the old complex, but building to suit our needs near Downs,” he said. “We will have a state-of-the-art pack house, a frozen structure ... root cellar, an all-year-round greenhouse and additional parking.”

The Kickapoo Creek property he is selling lists for $395,000 on Zillow.com and includes orchards, greenhouses, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, and two barns.

“It will also come with a contract for two years where I will be willing to buy the fruit and vegetables, so there would be a contract for a purchase of the goods,” he said. “I would also do mentoring and management services if they needed help. It still is our original nursery and there are over 500 different species of fruits and vegetables that are growing there.”

Myszka added it would be a perfect homestead for a young family, a small business, a nonprofit organization or a beginning farmer.

Epiphany Farms Hospitality Group began in 2009, selling produce at farmers markets, and now is a full-fledged hospitality group with 100 acres of farmland in McLean County. The goal is to provide a culture of healthy, sustainable, and regenerative food sourcing and use as much local product as possible.

Currently, Epiphany Farms employs about 180 people, but another 70 could be added by the fall, Myszka said.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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