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.
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, Sweetwater Organics in Milwaukee, and also sets up shop all season at the South Shore Farmers’ Market in Bay View. Read more about LotFotl Community Farm.
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.
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.
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.
Tipi Produce, Evansville, Wis.
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Tipi Produce operating at its current homestead. Tipi 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.
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.
Wellspring, 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.
For a complete listing of Wisconsin Farmers’ Markets in the state of Wisconsin, visit Savor Wisconsin.