“The landscape of any farm is the owner’s portrait of himself.” – Aldo Leopold.
Where to Find Farm Fresh Foods
If you are looking for farm-fresh foods near you, here are some links that may help.
Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas – farms, markets, restaurants, stores – View Website
Local Dirt – find a farm – View Website
Local Harvest – local farms & events – View Website
Milwaukee County Winter Farmers Market – View Website
Wisconsin Farmers Market Association – find a market – View Website
The following is a list of some local area farms. There are many benefits of pastured-raised or grass-fed meats and dairy. When working for the Oconomowoc Lake Club, we increased our local food purchases by 500% in 6 years. But it is much more than just dollars; it’s building relationships.
“Once you start, you never want to go back.” -JK.
Buying directly from farms helps in many ways. Farmers typically get 10-30% of the retail dollar; by buying directly from them, they receive 100%. That same money then recirculates 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 halfway around the world. Farmers’ markets are one of the best ways to scout for new farmers but remember not all farmers go to farmer markets. Farmers can often lead you to other farmers.
“Finding a new farmer or locally grown food is like finding a new treasure.” -JK.
Edelweiss Graziers Coop – RetiredEdelweiss Graziers Coop – Retired Contact: Burt & 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, grass-fed cows.
Grass-based cheeses and milk-fed veal