Farms & Markets

Farms

Jeff Preder, owner of Jeff-Leen Farm, Random Lake, Wis.

Jeff-Leen Farm, Random Lake, Wis.

Jeff-Leen Farm, owned by Jeff and Kathleen Preder, specializes in raising 100 percent grass-fed Piedmontese beef, pastured chickens, and free-range eggs. Family-owned since 1868, the farm has a goal of producing the healthiest food products possible without the use of hormones, antibiotics or steroids on its livestock. Read more about Jeff-Leen Farm.

Tim Huth and April Yuds, LotFotl Community Farm

LotFotl Community Farm, Elkhorn, Wis.

In April 2011 LotFotl left the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy and moved to historic Quinney Farm, a 144-year-old farm (1868), in Elkhorn. It’s here, where Tim Huth, a farmer in his early 30s, alongside girlfriend April Yuds, manages 20 acres of organic produce that sources 350 CSA households. LotFotl also sells to Braise RSA, which supplies many Milwaukee-area restaurants, Beans and Barley on the east side in Milwaukee, Good Harvest Market in Waukesha, and also sets up shop all season at the South Shore Farmers’ Market in Bay View. Read more about LotFotl Community Farm.

David Kozlowski and Sandra Raduenz are the owners of Pinehold Gardens in Oak Creek, Wis.

Pinehold Gardens, Oak Creek, Wis.

Pinehold Gardens is a small diversified 21 acre farm in the metropolitan area of Milwaukee, 20 minutes from downtown. Besides operating a 16-week CSA program, the farm sells produce at its farm stand in Oak Creek from late June through October, at the South Shore Farmers Market in Bay View, and at the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market in the Tommy Thompson Youth Center in November and December. Read more about Pinehold Gardens.

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R-Farm, Dousman, Wis.

R-Farm naturally raises beef, pork and poultry. The farm uses organic practices whenever possible and works hard to create a healthy environment for its animals. R-Farm does not use routine hormones or antibiotics on its animals and grows a variety of crops for the livestock feed. Read more about R-Farm.

 

Eric Rose, owner of River Valley Ranch & Kitchens, Burlington, Wis.

River Valley Ranch & Kitchens, Burlington, Wis.

Following the tenets of organic farming, River Valley Ranch and Kitchens grows five varieties of mushrooms (portabella, crimini, white button, shiitake, and oyster) year round. The farm harvests nearly 7,000 pounds of mushrooms on a weekly basis – all picked by hand. Hand-made artisan sauces, dips, salsas, and pickled vegetables are prepared in its licensed commercial kitchen. Read more about River Valley Ranch & Kitchens.

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Rushing Waters Fisheries, Palmyra, Wis.

Talk about making a splash on the farm-to-table scene. In November 2013, Rushing Waters Fisheries, Wisconsin’s largest rainbow trout farm located in Palmyra, sent ripples of excitement across the rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine State Forest with the opening of its on-the-farm restaurant, The Trout House. The new, all-encompassing farm dining experience not only celebrates ingredients sourced on-site from Rushing Waters’ 80-acre sustainable fishery, but also sources ingredients from local farms for its rotating seasonal menu. Read more about Rushing Waters Fisheries.

Beth Kazmar and Steve Pincus, owners, Tipi Produce

Tipi Produce, Evansville, Wis.

Tipi Produce offers a 26-week CSA (mid-May to early November) with 13 pick-up sites in the Madison, Janesville and Milwaukee areas, including the farm itself, which is located 35 minutes southeast of Madison and one hour and 45 minutes west of Milwaukee. The farm also sells its certified organic produce to Outpost Natural Foods in Milwaukee, Willy Street Co-op in Madison and Middleton, Basics Cooperative Natural Foods in Janesville, and Whole Foods Market in Madison.
Read more about Tipi Produce.

Jeff Schreiber and Kelly Kiefer are the owners and farmers at Three Sisters Community Farm in Campbellsport, Wis.

Three Sisters Community Farm, Campbellsport, Wis.

Three Sisters Community Farm, located in Campbellsport, Wis., is a community-oriented farm serving the greater Milwaukee area. The farm offers a unique “U-pick,” home-delivery CSA for 20 weeks from June until mid-October, where the farm delivers a box of fresh produce to your doorstep. Three Sisters delivers to select ZIP codes in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, West Bend, and Campbellsport. Read more about Three Sisters Community Farm.

Andy Hatch, cheesemaker and manager of Uplands Cheese Co., in Dodgeville, Wis.

Uplands Cheese Co., Dodgeville, Wis.

Uplands Cheese Company in Dodgeville, Wis., managed by cheesemaker Andy Hatch, operates on the belief that great fields for happy cows leads to even greater milk, and that milk paired with great cheesemaking leads to highly decorated and award-winning artisan cheeses. Home to 300 acres of rolling landscape in the Driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin, Uplands uses an old-world model lifted from the French and Swiss Alps, where it produces cheese with fresh, unpasteurized milk from its own cows. Uplands is recognized nationwide for its Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Rush Creek Reserve cheeses. Read more about Uplands Cheese.

WellspringWellspring, West Bend, Wis.

Wellspring, owned by Mary Ann Ihm, is a certified-organic produce farm and a not-for-profit education and retreat center. Growing 100 varieties of vegetables on 36 acres of property, the farm offers a CSA to 110 members, sets up shop at the Wauwatosa and Fox Point Farmers’ Markets, and sells to select restaurants. Wellspring’s mission is to not only grow organic food but to also help teach the public the importance of growing, eating, and living sustainably. Wellspring offers a host of home gardening courses that teach novices how to plan a home garden as well as host educational workshops on the farm for youth and adults. Read more about Wellspring.

Farmers’ Markets

Produce from Springdale Farm, Plymouth, Wis.

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market

Live in the Milwaukee area and in search of fresh, local produce during the winter months? Well, you’re in luck. Every Saturday morning from November to April, local farmers and food producers set up shop indoors for the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market in the Mitchell Park Domes. Learn more about the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market.

 

WisconsinFarmersMarketAssociationFor a complete listing of Wisconsin Farmers’ Markets in the state of Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Farmers Market Association’s website.

 

Stay tuned for more reviews on the farms and markets we will be visiting.

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