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The landscape of any farm is the owner's portrait of himself.
~Aldo Leopold

landscape at home farm garden

Featured Farms
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 treasure." -JK


Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup
2391 40th Street
Cumberland, WI 54829
(715) 822-8512
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.

   Maple syrup, maple confections, apple syrup and gift items
Direct ordering, website, local and chain grocery stores

Barthel Fruit Farm
Bob Barthel
12246 North Farmdale Road
Mequon, WI 53097
(262) 242-2737

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.

Fruit, Herbs, Flowers, Honey, Pumpkins/Fall Decorative, Vegetables
Farmers' Market, On-Farm, U-Pick, Roadside Stand


Brightonwoods Orchard
Bill and Judith Stone
1072 288th Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105
(262) 878-3000

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.

Fruit, Honey, Pumpkins/Fall Decorative
On-Farm, Farmers’ Market




< Seasonal Fall Apple Kuchen with apples from Brightonwoods Orchard

Castle Rock Organic Farms
Carla and Wayne Kostka
S13240 Young Road
Osseo, Wisconsin 54758

(715) 597-0085
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, Meat, Poultry
On Farm Sales

Carla 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
(262) 629-9423

                   Heritage Turkeys One Day Before!>

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.

Meat, Poultry
On-Farm, Farmers’ Market


Edelweiss Graziers Coop
Burt and Trish Paris
New Glarus

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, grass-fed cows.

Grass based cheeses and milk fed veal

OLC staff on a tour of Edelweiss Creamery

Ela Orchard
Bob Willard and Ed Ela
31308 Washington Avenue (Highway D),
PO Box 36
Rochester, WI 53167
(262) 534-2545

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
(920) 484-3618

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
(262) 673-6760

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.

Herbs, Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables
CSA, Farmers' Market


The Home Farm GardensEarl and Diane "Retired"
Diane Johnson and Earl Engle
N7260 Ski Slide Road
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 567-7474
(414) 719-9390

"Gardening without chemicals."

butternut squash

Vegetables, Herbs

HighCross Farm
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-Leen Farm
Jeff and Kathy Preder
N254 Highway I
Random Lake, WI 53075
(920) 994-9502

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
Randy Tholen
N7597 Rock Lake Rd.
Lake Mills, Wi 53551
(920) 648-3450

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.

Eggs, Poultry, Mushrooms
On Farm Sales, Farmers Markets, Delivery


Maple Creek Farm
Tom Miller
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
Diana Susen
7860 Woodland Lane
West Bend, WI 53090
(888) 692-3113

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 the farm.

On-Farm Sales

Palms Mushroom Cellar
W3998 Highway 18
Helenville, WI 53137
(920) 674-5006


Pinn-oak Farm

Steve and Darlene Pinnow 

Pinehold Gardens
Sandra Raduenz and David Kozlowski
1807 East Elm Road
Oak Creek, WI 53154
(414) 762-1301

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.

Flowers, Fruit, Vegetables
CSA, Farmers' Market

 Quanbeck Shiitakes
Dave and Anita Quanbeck
1025 Richards Avenue
Watertown, WI 53094
(920) 261 1022

Log grown Shiitake Mushrooms
Oconomowoc Farmers' Market

Rolling Meadows Sorghum Mill
Richard Wittgreve
N9030 Little Elkhart Lake Road
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
(920) 876-2182

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.

Syrups, Honey, Vegetables, Bakery
On Farm Sales, Farmers Markets, Mail Order, Delivery, Wholesale, Retail



Someday Gardens
Robert and Meriah Frost
Johnson Creek, WI

Sustainable garden design, handcrafted rain barrels, rain gardens, and natural produce.

Herbs and vegetables
CSA, Farmers' Market

Stone Circle Farm
John & Karen Hendrickson
N1749 Yerges Rd.
Reeseville, WI 53579
(920) 927-7362

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.

Fruits, Vegetables

Sugar River Dairy
Ron and Chris Paris
N7346 County Highway D
Albany, WI 53502
Phone: 608-938-1218

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.


Uplands Cheese Company, Inc.
Mike Gingrich
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
Kenneth Weston
19760 West National Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53146
(262) 679-2862

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 through November.

On-Farm, Roadside Stand, Farmers' Market

Wisconsin Meadows

  • 100% Grass-fed, healthy beef
  • Naturally-raised without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics.
  • No GMOs, chemical herbicides or pesticides used.
  • Local beef from Wisconsin family farms, who own our Cooperative.
  • Never fed corn, grain or animal by-products.
  • Humanely raised cattle who spend their entire lives living in (and eating) Wisconsin meadows


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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.

  Home Farm Garden
Oconomowoc, WI

tomato plant

OLC staff visited the Home Farm Garden in fall, 2009 and went on a personal tour with Diane Johnson and Earl Engel.

in the barn 

Earl explains the barn's history and construction to Chef Jack.


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. 

peapod trelis

Pea vines climb the rope trellis in the tidy garden.