Giving Thanks

I have had a few quiet days and time to reflect on the past year.  I have so much to be grateful for; family and pets, friends, good health and loyal farm members and market customers.  Our workers and employees give me extra pause.  We could not manage without them and they are so much a part of our farm.

Even with the snowstorm last weekend, we had a successful market at the farm.  Matt, Kevin, Libby and Maria worked especially hard to get the last of our harvesting done and potatoes and onions bagged while Mike and I scurried to get our pastured chickens into a protected winter home. (Just in the nick of time, too!) Our greenhouse is up and almost ready to start seeds in in January and all of our equipment is safely tucked away for winter.

So, for all of that and so much more, I am very thankful to all of you who are a part of our farm and family.  I hope that you have a wonderful holiday weekend.

Gratefully, Meg

**Open Farm Market~ in Storm Mode***

It appears that the storm is NOT going to miss us, but there is and end in the forecast. We are extending our hours so that everyone can make it!

The market will go on tomorrow, Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm AND we will be here Sunday from 12:00 – 3:00.

With the forecast in mind, we really scrambled to get our chickens in the barn and all of our last minute harvesting done.  We have been bagging 11 varieties of organic potatoes and several types of onions, washing roots and bunching greens.  There is an amazing amount of produce to choose from and it is all certified organic!

Come to the farm this weekend and join us in the season’s first snow and have a warm cup of soup and a cup of coffee!

“Open Farm” Market ~ Saturday, November 21!

Our first winter share date is Wednesday, November 18 and we are looking forward to packing some very beautiful produce into our winter share boxes!  There are still a few shares available and we have egg shares available as well.

We are also holding an Open Farm Day Market at the farm on Saturday, November 21.  We are open to the public from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Bring your shopping bags and come to the farm to stock up on varieties of bulk potatoes, onions, cabbages, an assortment of root crops, sweet potatoes, PIE PUMPKINS, leeks, assorted greens, Brussels sprouts, parsnips and much more.  Visit the farm, have some soup and snacks and prepare for the holidays and a winter of comforting local, organic food!

We will also have stewing hens, organic, soy-free eggs and a limited number of roasting chickens available.

The market is indoors, cozy and heated and there will be items from a few other vendors as well.  We look forward to seeing you!  Click the link below for a map to the farm:


Garden Gleanings and Open Farm Days

Days like these have me missing the harvesting for the farmers market, but then I know there will soon be more days like last Saturday’s market; low 40’s and pouring rain!  That’s not so much fun anymore!

None the less, there are crops in the field that are continuing to grow and produce beautifully.  We have already harvested and put into cold storage most of our crops for winter.  There are still some tasty vegetables in the field that we’ll harvest for the early winter storage share boxes and for our Open Farm Market and we also offer some select produce for sale now from the fields while the weather holds.

With the extended warmth of this extraordinary fall, I have been enjoying the continued season of gleaning produce that remains in the field, even though I know that an El Nino season isn’t without consequence.  We have had a few light frosts, but no hard freezes yet and that is very unusual for this time of year.  The frosts have made some of the hardier greens that remain in the fields sweet and tasty and we continue to harvest them until the extreme cold arrives.  I know that we will be relying on our storage crops soon enough but for now, with a little more time to cook we’ve been gleaning the fields and loving it all.

With a little more time on my hands I have been playing with leafy “blends” and there have been some interesting creations.  I wince each time I say “pesto” (sans basil) so perhaps “pâté would be more appropriate.  My favorite so far is Kale and Fennel Leaf.  You may find that blend surprising, but then so did we! The Fennel leaf brought an unexpected sweet balance to the kale and it was very good. Spinach and cilantro was also a hit although the Arugula/cilantro mixture was…so-so.  I’m still working on that.

Sweet Onion and Savoy Cabbage Casserole

Sweet Onion and Savoy Cabbage Casserole

We’ve also been on a bit of a sweet onion binge.  (So sweet they have Halloween candy beat!) The large, sweet beauties don’t store as well through the winter months as the storage varieties do but they sure do caramelize and cook down for some delicious onion soups, onion tarts and baked onion dishes. They were also a perfect pairing with Savoy Cabbage in a Sweet Onion and Savoy Cabbage Casserole last night.

Our first Winter Market at the farm is coming up on Saturday, November 21. From 10:00 – 2:00 pm. There will be lots of certified organic produce, eggs and more.

Available from the farm NOW are some varieties of potatoes, onions; red, yellow, white or sweet (get them while they last) and anything that we can easily harvest from the fields for you: beautiful broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, celery root and Daikon radish and leeks. Just call ahead to set up a time and stop out: 920-988-5023.

For the “cream of the crop”, mark your calendars for Nov. 21 or sign up for a winter share to be sure that you get the crops that we have reserved just for them!

Fall/winter shares are available now!



The harvest continues at the farm, as we get ready to fill our winter share boxes with sweet fall crops like tasty carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and Romanesca, spinach, potatoes and much, much more.   We have grown a nice selection of onions, leeks, shallots and garlic and 10 varieties of potatoes.  Winter shares will have a great sampling of these as well as winter squash, pie pumpkins and sweet potatoes to name a few.

Sign up soon for our fall/winter shares; 3 nice deliveries of organic, local and fresh produce to sustain your family through the holidays and into next year with recipes and storage tips included.   These shares are filling up fast!  $190.00

Egg shares are available over the winter months also; 10 egg deliveries over 20 weeks. (Eggs are delivered every-other week, so you will receive your eggs and then miss a week…repeat.) Egg shares begin with vegetable shares on November 18 and then continue throughout the season.  $55.00.

Here is some of the produce that you can look forward to:

Market Days and Open Farm Days

Erin Mitchell at the Fort Farmer's Market

Erin Mitchell at the Fort Farmer’s Market

Our season is officially underway! We have had our first CSA delivery and have been back at the Fort market for a few weeks.  It has been nice to have Erin’s ebullient help in our stand at the market.

Red-leafed, buttery  head lettuce

Red-leafed, buttery head lettuce

Our crops are looking great and as always, we have an abundance of head lettuce and salad mix available at the farm and at the market along with other wonderful spring goodies.

I am sure that we’ll be posting some ‘Open Farm’ days here soon, and today, we are having a short market day from noon – 2:00 pm!  We are open to everyone and we have washed salad mix, arugula, head lettuce, chard, kale, green onions, salad turnips, Tatsoi and fresh eggs available.

20140713_195325Stop out to the farm today to pick up some veggies or eggs or to visit and try some Thai Green Soup!

If you can’t make it out today, you can order with the form below and we will get your order ready for you.  (This form will update on Wednesday evenings or Thursday’s.  No pick ups on Wednesdays at this time.)

Week of June 15, Farm produce order form.

Let Summer CSA Season Begin!

High Tunnel Tomatoes

High Tunnel Tomatoes

20150602_114616Our summer deliveries start June 10 and 11!  We are excited to start harvesting and sending out boxes of delicious, certified organic produce.  Members should have all received at least 1 email regarding the start of the season by now and there will be more coming soon with details about pick-up and what produce to look forward to. The crops all look great and I am very excited about the berries and tree fruit that are loaded and look fabulous!

20150604_150715Our hens are all out on lush pasture and laying amazing organic and soy-free eggs with deep orange yolks. We have a beautiful flock of young ladies that are about to start laying soon, too!

We still have produce shares,and egg shares available for the season and we hope that you’ll join us! Sign up here or stop and visit us at the Fort Farmers market tomorrow to sign up or learn more about membership.

Spring and all that Mother Nature Brings Us


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Spring is always an exciting time for farmers.  After winter planning, it is time for field work and planting and hoping that Mother Nature is working in your favor. This season has presented a new challenge for many, though; the Avian Flu.  Our county has been one of the many across the Midwest that has been affected by this devastating virus.  It is a concern not only for the large chicken farms in our area, but for all chicken owners, including us.  At this time of year, our chickens would normally be frolicking out on lush, green grass, but for now, we are limiting their frolick time and hoping that the upcoming warm, dry weather helps the bird flu fade away.   I know that I would be devastated if we lost all or our birds and though we raise our chickens very differently, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of the farms that are faced with such a loss right now on a much, much larger scale than ours.  Although it is still early spring, there are plenty of weeds and trimmings from our high tunnel greens to feed to our hens and it is the green stuff that makes those yolks so deep orange and delicious!

Greens in the high tunnel, ready to go into spring boxes.   The white fabric covers the beds at night to protect tomatoes and peppers when the evening temps drop low.

Greens in the high tunnel, ready for spring  share boxes.  The white fabric covers the beds at night to protect tomatoes and peppers from cold nights.

After the cold, dark winter finally faded, we had some delicious spinach and other greens that sprung to life in the high tunnel as well as those pesky weeds.  The trimmings and weeds are loved by our hens!

For much of the spring we have been very happy to be delivering cold-sweetened spinach to The Black Sheep Restaurant in Whitewater and the Edgewater Supper Club in Jefferson.  We also look forward to putting some tasty spring carrots back on the shelves at the Health Nut in Watertown, Rivers Edge Market Jefferson and Fresh and Green Market in Oconomowoc!  The Farmer’s market in Fort will be starting up next weekend and although we probably won’t be at the first one, we hope to be there soon!

As the winter greens have been harvested and removed, we have been planting for our spring shares; spinach, salad greens, sautéing greens, radishes, salad turnips, Chinese cabbages, onions and much more.   As we harvest those greens in the next few weeks, we will be making way for the tomatoes and peppers that are already fighting for space.  We’re hoping that soon the nighttime temps stay above freezing and we can stop covering  and start trellising them!  My favorite tomatoes are planted in there and I can’t wait!

The next few several months will be continuous planting for summer and fall shares.  We still have room for more members and hope that you will join us for the summer season of certified organic sweet corn, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, beans, peas, carrots, beets, squash and so much more!

Want Assistance Covering the Cost of Your CSA Share?

Standard share; week 20

Standard share; week 20

Partner Shares is a cost-sharing program that provides financial assistance to limited-income households for purchasing CSA vegetable shares. For eligible households, FairShare will contribute 50 percent, up to $300, toward the cost of shares from FairShare-endorsed CSA farms. Only on-farm produced shares are eligible.

FairShare can also process SNAP (Quest, EBT, Food Share, or food stamp) benefits to pay for CSA farm membership for any of our endorsed farms. Members wishing to pay for CSA shares using SNAP must complete a Partner Shares application to enroll.
The 2015 Partner Shares official annual application period is now open. The application deadline is April 1 (application to the program is not a guarantee that you will receive assistance). Assistance funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, and slots are filling fast this year. Please submit your application early to ensure your spot in the program.
For more information visit Partner Shares online or contact Erika Jones, or 608-226-0300.
The Partner Shares Program is available in large part to the fund-raising efforts of FairShare through events such as Bike the Barns and Farm to Feast dinners  throughout the season as well as donations from generous individuals.  You can help by attending a FairShare event or by donating to this great program that makes it possible to put organic food on everyone’s tables!

Spring is a-Coming!

An August share


I mean it, too, it really is!  Although we still have 2 winter share deliveries coming up in February, we are getting ready to start planting seeds for our spring shares and onions and a few other things for Summer shares.

The membership sign-ups have been coming in and that gets us very excited to get to work.  We are looking forward to trying some new plants this year and re-planting some of the old favorites.

February is actually a pretty busy month for us.  As we get ready to plant, we also have the Organic Farming Conference to look forward to in La Crosse, FairShare workshops to attend, brochures to print and hand out and fliers to hang.  (Help us get the word out!!) We start taking applications for seasonal and year-round help as well as signing up our work-share members now and order our necessary equipment, irrigation supplies and other supplies so that we are ready to go when we start growing and delivering organic produce to our members.

We are looking forward to this season as we always do and hope that you will join us for the 2015 season!