“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
Fondy Farmers Market – 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, I increased our local area farms purchases 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 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 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 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
Ney’s Big SkyNey’s Big Sky
Raising all-natural, grass-fed beef has been the family business for two generations. In 1965, my dad purchased our homestead and decided to do things the right way – raise cattle naturally on a grass-fed diet, sell beef directly from the farm, dry-age the whole animal for 21 days, and never sacrifice quality or integrity. Today, that means our products should be free from chemicals or growth hormones.
Our mission is to provide our valued customers a natural, pastured meat product processed in WI. Our standards for product sourcing include: sustainable, ethical, environmentally-friendly, and humane methods mean our grass-fed cattle are never placed in feed lots, where disease and unsanitary conditions can breed. Rotational grazing means that the meat you buy for your family will be healthier, nutritionally-superior, and more delicious.