Chef Jack's Bio and
Wisconsin Local Food
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The landscape of any farm is the owner's portrait of
The following is a list of some of the farms currently utilized
by the Oconomowoc Lake Club. In 2011 we purchased 32% or $65,000 dollars
from local area farms. In the last six years the total is over
$325,000 dollars. It is much more than just dollars, it's building
relationships! We proudly feature pasture raised or grass based farming.
There are many benefits of pastured raised meats and dairy. It is a building process;
each year we hope to buy a little bit more. "Once you start, you
never want to go back." -JK
Buying directly helps in many ways. Farmers normally get 10-30% of the
retail dollar but by buying directly, they receive up to 100%. That same
money then re-circulates from 3 to 5 times in the local community.
Instead of receiving farm gate prices or commodity prices, farms are
paid a just and sustainable price for their food. Farmers are willing to
grow unique and diverse foods for us. Some of our best food is grown
just down the road, not half way around the world. Farmers markets are
one of the best ways to scout for new farmers, but remember not all
farmers go to markets. Farmers can often lead you to other farmers,
especially for the ones who do not go to markets.
"Finding a new farmer or locally grown food is like finding a new
Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup
2391 40th Street
Cumberland, WI 54829
fax: (715) 822-8535
Anderson's Maple Syrup,
Inc. has been a family run and organized business for over 80 years.
Every day several samples, (taken while bottling), are checked for
flavor, color and density to ensure that our products are always the
highest quality. Our syrup is boiling just before it goes into
the bottles. This extra step ensures the freshest flavor
possible. Many companies skip this step.
syrup, maple confections, apple syrup and gift items
Direct ordering, website, local and chain grocery stores
Barthel Fruit Farm
12246 North Farmdale Road
Mequon, WI 53097
Homegrown fresh fruit and berries. Come for herbs and perennials in
May, strawberries and peas in June. Honeycrisp and 20 other
varieties of apples, 7 kinds of pears, plum, apple cider, honey and
more. Ready picked and pick your own. Farm fresh, simply delicious.
Flowers, Honey, Pumpkins/Fall Decorative, Vegetables
Farmers' Market, On-Farm, U-Pick, Roadside Stand
Bill and Judith Stone
1072 288th Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105
Brightonwoods Orchard is located on a rustic road ½ mile north of
the Bong State Recreation Area. We feature over 100 already picked
antique and commercial apple varieties. Additionally, we offer our
award winning fresh apple cider and locally grown fall products
(pumpkins, squash, honey, etc). Our two-story tree house and walking
trails are family favorites. Open daily September through November.
Honey, Pumpkins/Fall Decorative
On-Farm, Farmers’ Market
< Seasonal Fall Apple Kuchen with
apples from Brightonwoods Orchard
|Castle Rock Organic
Carla and Wayne Kostka
S13240 Young Road
Osseo, Wisconsin 54758
We have been certified organic since 2000 with approximately 700
acres of cropland in the green valleys near Foster, WI. The organic
dairy herd of 125 cows was added in 2003 with the bottling facility
being added in 2005. Being committed to organics and getting a
quality product to consumers, we bottle non-homogenized, low temp
vat pasteurized creamline milk and make premium quality ice cream
and artisanal cheese. By feeding the soil properly and allowing
crops to feed on enriched soil, our animals become servants; pass on
essential nutrients to consumers. Our glass bottled milk, premium
quality ice cream and artisanal cheese bring back the taste of times
gone by. We do not pool our milk giving us total control of the
product from start to finish. Direct from the farm to you the
consumer. "The Way Nature Intended". Our oldest grandchild is 16 and
they are the 5th generation of farmers in our family.
Dairy, Live Animals,
On Farm Sales
from Castle Rock speaking with guests at the OLC Local Food Banquet
as part of the "Going Green Sustainable Communities and Farms"
Wisconsin Association of RC&Ds 2008 Annual Meeting>
Dominion Valley Farm
Brandon and Tammera Dykema
8375 Midland Drive
Allenton, WI 53002
Heritage Turkeys One Day
Dominion Valley Farm is a small family-run farm. We raise all of
our animals on pasture. Our chickens, broad-breasted white and
Heritage breed turkeys, Muscovy ducks, hogs, and Galloway beef
provide our customers with the freshest, tastiest and healthiest
meats. No hormones or antibiotics are used. Instead, we rely on
plenty of sunshine, fresh air and natural greens to promote
health for the animals. We encourage all of our customers to
visit the farm. Please call ahead.
On-Farm, Farmers’ Market
Edelweiss Graziers Coop
Burt and Trish Paris
Edelweiss has the distinction of being
the only North American maker of traditional 180-pound Big
Wheel Swiss. Master Cheesemaker Bruce Workman insists on
time-honored techniques, handcrafting the Swiss in a traditional
copper kettle from Switzerland. Milk is supplied by nearby dairy
farms set in the rolling hills of Green County, Wisconsin's
legendary cheese epicenter. Edelweiss also crafts several additional
specialty varieties, including Butterkäse,
Havarti, Grass-Based Cheddar,
Gouda and Emmentaler. The creamery
recently partnered with Edelweiss Graziers Co-op, an organization of
three local farm families, to bring a pure but complex flavor
profile to a line of cheeses made from the milk of pastured,
based cheeses and milk fed veal
OLC staff on a tour
of Edelweiss Creamery
Bob Willard and Ed Ela
31308 Washington Avenue (Highway D),
PO Box 36
Rochester, WI 53167
Ela Orchard has been growing apples since the 1920’s. Presently the
third generation of the family to care for the Orchard raises over
30 varieties of apples, several varieties of pears, and presses
fresh apple cider. In addition, we produce 100% wool yarn and lamb
meat from our flock of sheep. Friendly goats greet visitors when
they come to the apple barn. The Orchard is located ¼ mile west of
Rochester on Highway D, in western Racine County.
Fruit, Honey, Meat, Pumpkins/Fall Decorative
On-Farm, Farmers' Market
pressing fresh cider>
Fountain Prairie Inn and Farms
John and Dorothy Priske
W1901 State Road 16
Fall River, WI 53932
We're proud of our grass-fed, grain-finished beef, raised without
hormones or antibiotic food additives; our signature 21-day
dry-aging results in meat both tender and intensely flavored.
Fountain Prairie Inn and Farms offers a comfortable, welcoming
retreat nestled within a working farm. Come stay in one of the five
elegant bedrooms in our restored Victorian Inn, with views of
Wisconsin's largest herd of Highland cattle grazing alongside
restored wetlands and tallgrass prairie.
On-Farm, Farmers' Market
Full Harvest Farm
Terry Vlossak and Charles Frase
7112 County Road S
Hartford, WI 53027
Full Harvest Farm, LLC grows certified organic vegetables, herbs,
flowers and fruit. Our CSA members enjoy 20 weeks of mouth-watering,
seasonal produce like strawberries, melons, sweet corn, broccoli,
beans and tomatoes. We offer both a Couple and a Family Shares with
pick-up sites in Hartland, Oconomowoc, Waukesha, Racine and on the
farm. Visit our stand at the West Bend Farmer's Market to buy
direct. We also sell our produce wholesale.
CSA, Farmers' Market
The Home Farm Gardens
Diane Johnson and Earl Engle
N7260 Ski Slide Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
"Gardening without chemicals."
JSteve and Kath Vogelman
W2292 Rustic Drive
Campbellsport, WI 53010
(920) 533 3276
Family owned and operated, HighCross Farm is located on the fertile
river valley in the Northern Kettle Moraine.
Exceptional produce provided with heart.
On-Farm, Farmers' Market
Jeff and Kathy Preder
N254 Highway I
Random Lake, WI 53075
A fifth-generation farm. We raise low fat Piedmontese beef pastured
in season. No steroids, hormones, antibiotics or animal by products
are used. Pastured chickens and eggs are also free from antibiotics
and hormones. Farmers' Markets: Fox Point, Saturday, Milwaukee
Public Market, Saturday and Sunday. Products available on farm.
Call ahead for an appointment.
Eggs, Meat, Poultry
On-Farm, Farmers' Market
JR'S Country Acres
N7597 Rock Lake Rd.
Lake Mills, Wi 53551
A small family owned operation selling nutritious/awesome tasting
free range/pastured eggs, chickens, and turkey. Absolutely NO
hormones are used in raising our animals.
On Farm Sales, Farmers Markets, Delivery
Maple Creek Farm
W225n4226 Duplainville Rd
Pewaukee, WI 53072
(262) 691 1780
A small family owned farm selling naturally raised pork. Custom cuts
and pig roasts.
Milwaukee Area Delivery
Meadow Creek Elk Farms LLC
7860 Woodland Lane
West Bend, WI 53090
Meadow Creek Elk Farm is known for their naturally lean and
flavorful elk meat. We offer our high quality meat to restaurants
and for retail. Elk are raised on high protein grasses which results
in cuts that are tender and nutritious. Meat is processed and sold
at state inspected meat markets and offered at the farm in a variety
of cuts. Call for delivery locations or for arrangements to visit
W3998 Highway 18
Helenville, WI 53137
Steve and Darlene Pinnow
Sandra Raduenz and David Kozlowski
1807 East Elm Road
Oak Creek, WI 53154
Pinehold Gardens is a 150-member CSA and market farm providing
vegetables, herbs and flowers in a bio-sustaining way. Our goal is
to close the loop in agriculture by providing most of our own
inputs, including much of our own electricity through a large
photovoltaic system. We care for the earth in the way we grow and by
creating critical habitat for native floral and fauna. Within the
metropolitan area of Milwaukee, Pinehold Gardens' 21 acres are
within easy access of Racine and Milwaukee customers. We host a fall
open house as well as other special events.
CSA, Farmers' Market
Dave and Anita Quanbeck
1025 Richards Avenue
Watertown, WI 53094
(920) 261 1022
Log grown Shiitake
Oconomowoc Farmers' Market
N9030 Little Elkhart Lake Road
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
Richard became interested in sorghum syrup in 1984, when he could
not find a jar of sorghum syrup to purchase. In 1985, he decided
that he could produce his own syrup. It wasn't until 1986 that he
successfully raised and processed his first crop, 6 gallons total
production. Over the years, through research and testing, his
operation has grown. In the early 1990's, he made the decision to be
serious about syrup production, rather than just a hobby, and built
his certified food-processing operation. In 1996, he started to
build mechanical harvesting equipment, and today, his harvest is
fully mechanical. In 1998, he installed a high-pressure steam boiler
which allows him to do preheating and to cook by steam. Today, he
produces over 1300 gallons annually. His assistant, Marcia, in
charge of sales and marketing, sells to retail markets throughout
the state of Wisconsin and does mail order throughout the United
States. Marcia also spends considerable time at farm markets and
special-event shows. Rich also owns Percheron draft horses and
operates Queen Anne Carriage Rides, giving carriage and hay rides in
his local resort town of Elkhart Lake.
On Farm Sales, Farmers Markets, Mail Order, Delivery, Wholesale,
Robert and Meriah Frost
Johnson Creek, WI
Sustainable garden design, handcrafted rain barrels, rain gardens,
and natural produce.
CSA, Farmers' Market
|Stone Circle Farm
John & Karen Hendrickson
N1749 Yerges Rd.
Reeseville, WI 53579
Stone Circle Farm is home to John,
Karen, Emmett and Eli Hendrickson. On our small, family farm, we
grow vegetables, melons and herbs, including Japanese varieties such
as edamame, shiso and eggplant. Picked fresh and ripe, these
products are sold at farmers' markets, fine restaurants in Madison
and Chicago, and direct to customers. We are committed to
ecologically sustainable farming practices and supporting our local
community through local purchasing and food donations to the hungry.
Sugar River Dairy
Ron and Chris Paris
N7346 County Highway D
Albany, WI 53502
Sugar River Dairy is
a family-owned and operated Grade A plant producing fresh, small
batch yogurt using milk from a single local dairy farm. Yogurt is
produced from cows that are pasture-grazed and rBGH-free. Sugar
River Dairy Lowfat Yogurt is a non-homogenized, cream-line 1% yogurt
with fruit on the bottom. Flavors include: raspberry, blueberry,
strawberry and peach. Sugar River Dairy's plain yogurt uses natural
vanilla and organic cane sugar for a creamy, honest tasting yogurt.
5023 State Rd. 23 North
Dodgeville, WI 53533
Makers of Pleasant Ridge Reserve, an artisanal farmstead cheese made
in the style and tradition of mountain cheeses from the alpine
regions of France.
Weston’s Antique Apples
19760 West National Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53146
Weston's Antique Apples is an "orchard museum" that specializes in
over 120 heirloom apple varieties (some go back as far as the Roman
Empire). The orchard grows cherries, pears, plums, apricots, and
raspberries. We also sell trees and, with the City of New Berlin,
hold horticulture classes in pruning, grafting trees and pest
management control. We sell at the orchard on Sundays from July
On-Farm, Roadside Stand, Farmers' Market
- 100% Grass-fed, healthy beef
- Naturally-raised without the use of growth hormones or
- No GMOs, chemical herbicides or pesticides used.
- Local beef from Wisconsin family farms, who own our
- Never fed corn, grain or animal by-products.
- Humanely raised cattle who spend their entire lives living
in (and eating) Wisconsin meadows
OLC Farm Tours!
The kitchen staff at the Lake Club takes field
trips to local farms to see for themselves exactly how the food they cook
is raised, grown or produced.
OLC staff visited the Home Farm Garden in fall, 2009
and went on a personal tour with Diane Johnson and Earl Engel.
Earl explains the barn's history and construction to
Onions curing in the hoop house.
Wildlife flourishes on Home Farm Garden, where the
Diane and Earl work hard to respect the land they farm.
Pea vines climb the rope trellis in the tidy garden.