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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Food Truck this Sunday! New IPA, Brew & Brush Paint Class, more Brew & Farm News!

Stop out this Sunday for the Food Truck! They'll have the grill & fryer running for grilled Beer Brats, Burgers, Pork Chops, fried French Fries, and fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds! Details below.

We'll be hosting 2 new "Brew & Brush" dates with artist Mia!  These painting classes tend to sell out quickly, so we advise purchasing your tickets soon. Details below!

We have a brand-new IPA!  "Chupacabra" is a golden IPA made with Enigma & Warrior varieties of hops!  

Farm CSA Members: Group B half-share members and Full Share members, you are scheduled to pickup your organic vegetable shares this weekend. Scroll down for details on this week's CSA items.

Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery - taproom open Fridays 4-9, Saturdays 12-9, Sundays 12-5.  
Tap Room Bar at our Brewery
In our Tap Room this weekend, open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Chupacabra - new IPA
  • Overcast - German-style Hefeweizen
  • Unicorn Tears -  copper colored, malty ale
  • Alton - mild brown ale
  • Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
  • The Emperor -  Russian Imperial Stout, 13.5% ABV
  • Peach Mango Ale - a sweeter style fruit beer 
  • Homemade Root Beer (non-alcoholic)
In addition to fresh beer by the glass, we also have growler fills available for carry-out!  
Upcoming Events at Wishful Acres:
 
  • July 15  (Sunday) - Grill Out with a Food Truck from 12-5 pm!  Most meat items are $5 including chips.  They'll be grilling Beer Brats, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Pork Chop Sandwiches, and also frying up French Fries and Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds!  Please note: food truck items are cash only. 
  • August 12 (Sunday) - Food Truck Grill Out
  • August 18 & 19 - Brew & Brush with artist Mia!  Mia will be leading this class in creating a Summer Scene painting. Snacks & a drink are included. 

Brew & Brush - create this painting! Snacks & drink included.


Join us for "Brew & Brush" on Saturday, August 18 from 11:00-1:00 or Sunday, August 19, from 12:00-2:00 pm. Ages 21+. In this class, you'll create this summer scene painting under the instruction of our friend, local artist Mia Rudolph!

Welcome all levels of painting abilities! In this class, you will create a 16" x 20" painting with acrylic on canvas! Mia will guide you through the process of painting this subject, pictured here, of a beautiful summer scene. This painting is easier to make than it looks! Mia will be instructing the class step-by-step and using stencils as well. Included in the cost of your class: the canvas, paint, supplies, snacks,1 drink token (1 pint glass of our homemade craft beers or a homemade root beer), and door prize by artist Mia are all provided in the cost of your class!  $39 per person.

About the artist instructing your class: Mia Rudolph is a local artist who works in acrylics, color pencil, and other mediums. She is a full-time school nurse and has 3 children. Mia attended WIU and studied studio art. It is Mia's colorful artwork that we have on display in our taproom here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!

Pre-registration for this class is required. You can sign-up and pay here through our online store, or in-person at our taproom during open hours. Registration deadline is the Friday prior to the painting dates. Ages 21+

Sign up in our web site's Online Store here:
 http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/online-store/Brew-%26-Brush-Create-this-painting-Snacks-%26-drink-included-August-18-or-19-2018-p95955698

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Member News

Our recipe database contains cooking ideas for all the vegetables we grow - link here.
Farm CSA Members: In your share of organic items this week:
  • Yellow Beans- A nice sized bag of beautiful colored yellow beans. Enjoy just like regular green beans. We think yellow beans have a milder flavor than green beans, and the color is great!
  • Basil- The first fresh basil of the season! Great for making pesto, livening up a pizza, or just enjoying sprinkled on top of your Italian foods!
  • Asian Cucumbers - The first Asian cucumbers of the season! Asian cucumbers are longer than a regular cucumber, similar to the "English" or "burpless" type of long cucumbers you see wrapped in plastic in grocery stores. Our favorite type of cucumber!
  • Cucumbers - You'll see a few nice cucumbers in each of your shares. If things continue like they have been, it looks like we might experience a huge bumper crop of cucumbers this year! We haven't seen cucumbers grow this well in at least the past 3 years, so with luck we can look forward to a lot of them this season!
  • Green Beans- Enjoy them boiled, roasted, however you prefer!  A nice sized bag in your share to enjoy.  
  • Broccoli - A nice sized bag for each of you to enjoy - raw, roasted, steamed, however you enjoy your broccoli!
  • Green Pepper - Sweet green bell peppers. You'll see just one in your share, as the harvest always starts small, but it will increase in amount as we head further into the season!
  • Savoy Cabbage -  Last of the cabbage until fall. Savoy is a wrinkled leaf heirloom variety that originated in Europe hundreds of years ago. Considered a specialty gourmet variety of cabbage, you can use it just like regular cabbage. We've rinsed the whole cabbage on the outside, but you may need to rinse again as you take the leaves apart for cooking.
  • Australian Yellowleaf Lettuce -  This heirloom variety of lettuce originates in Australia!  This lettuce tolerates hot weather better than most, which is why we're able to provide lettuce in your shares this time of year!
  • Zucchini & Summer Squash - You'll see 3 varieties in your bag, and each bag contains several zucchini.  Regular green zucchini, light green Middle Eastern zucchini, and yellow patty pan summer squash. Use all varieties just like you would cook regular zucchini.
  • Garlic Scapes - The last garlic scapes of the season. Garlic Scapes are a gourmet treat! These are the top of the garlic plant, and can be eaten just like garlic and onions. See our recipe database (link below).
  • Optional Bonus Item: - U-Pick black raspberries. Our farm's fruit crops are available for all CSA members as bonus u-pick items. CSA Members, you may pick as many as you like. Just mention to us that you'd like to pick black raspberries while you're here picking up your vegetable share, and we'll point you in the right direction of their location!
Need recipe ideas for the items in your share? Here is a link to the Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery recipe database, with cooking ideas for everything we grow here: http://all-natural-mama.blogspot.com/2015/03/recipes-by-vegetable-type.html   

Our 30-member CSA Program (Community Supported Agriculture) is a membership program in which members become "shareholders" in the farm's seasonal vegetable production & receive a "share" of the farm's organic  produce for our full 22-week-long season! To learn more: http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/csa-program  .  
Where to Buy our Beer:

Our beer is available for purchase at the following locations:
  • Our Taproom!  Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery, located between Freeport & Lena - Visiting Info
  • Benchwarmers, Freeport, IL
  • Cove Restaurant at Apple Canyon Lake, IL
  • Lodi Tap House, Maple Park, IL
  • Mulligans, Lena, IL 
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL
  • Pub 219, Freeport, IL
  • Rosati's Pizza, Freeport, IL 
  • Route 75 Bar & Grill, Dakota, IL
  • Woodbine Bend Golf Course, Stockton, IL 
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook!  Here is a link to our facebook page
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Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays, 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 pm
Tap room is located on our farm at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL
You can contact us at:
wishfulacres@gmail.com or 815-990-2380

       
  

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4679 N Flansburg Rd, Lena, IL, United States
Lena, IL 61048

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Beautiful Weather is here! Hefeweizen is Back, plus more Brew & Farm News!

The weather forecast looks absolutely beautiful for this weekend! Stop out to enjoy a beer, indoors or outdoors!

Overcast, our German-style Hefeweizen, has returned!  We last brewed this beer well over a year ago, so we're happy to see it back again!  This beer is a traditional Hefeweizen, heavy on the yeast, and you'll pick up flavors like banana, clove, and coriander. 

Farm CSA Members: Group A half-share members and Full Share members, you are scheduled to pickup your organic vegetable shares this weekend. Scroll down for details on this week's CSA items.

Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery - taproom open Fridays 4-9, Saturdays 12-9, Sundays 12-5.  
Tap Room Bar at our Brewery
In our Tap Room this weekend, open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Overcast - German-style Hefeweizen
  • Jalapeno Ale - light colored ale, spiked with fresh Jalapenos. Spicy!
  • Alton - mild brown ale
  • Red Five IPA - red, hoppy, and brewed with 5 hops! Almost gone, last keg! Stop out Friday or early Saturday if you want to be sure to get some!
  • Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
  • The Emperor -  Russian Imperial Stout, 13.5% ABV
  • Peach Mango Ale - a sweeter style fruit beer 
  • Homemade Root Beer (non-alcoholic)
In addition to fresh beer by the glass, we also have growler fills available for carry-out!  
Upcoming Events at Wishful Acres:
 
  • July 15  (Sunday) - Grill Out with a Food Truck from 12-5 pm!  Most meat items are $5 including chips.  They'll be grilling Beer Brats, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Pork Chop Sandwiches, and also frying up French Fries and Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds!  Please note: food truck items are cash only.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Member News

Our recipe database contains cooking ideas for all the vegetables we grow - link here.
Farm CSA Members: In your share of organic items this week:
  • Cucumbers - The first cucumbers of the season!  You'll see 3 nice cucumbers in each of your shares. If things continue like they have been, it looks like we might experience a huge bumper crop of cucumbers this year! We haven't seen cucumbers grow this well in at least the past 3 years, so with luck we can look forward to a lot of them this season!
  • Green Beans- This is the first harvest of green beans this season!  Enjoy them boiled, roasted, however you prefer!  A nice sized bag in your share to enjoy.  
  • Broccoli - First of the broccoli for the season!  A nice sized bag for each of you to enjoy - raw, roasted, steamed, however you enjoy your broccoli!
  • Green Pepper - The first small harvest of sweet green peppers. You'll see just one in your share, as the harvest always starts small, but it will increase in amount as we head further into the season!
  • Savoy Cabbage -  Savoy is a wrinkled leaf heirloom variety that originated in Europe hundreds of years ago. Considered a specialty gourmet variety of cabbage, you can use it just like regular cabbage. We've rinsed the whole cabbage on the outside, but you may need to rinse again as you take the leaves apart for cooking.
  • Australian Yellowleaf Lettuce -  This heirloom variety of lettuce originates in Australia!  This lettuce tolerates hot weather better than most, which is why we're able to provide lettuce in your shares this time of year!
  • Zucchini - You'll see at least 2 varieties in your bag, and each bag contains several zucchini. The lighter green is our favorite, it's a Middle Eastern variety of zucchini. You'll also see the traditional dark green zucchini.
  • Radishes - Last of the radishes until fall!  This variety is "Easter Egg", which is a medley of colors. You'll see pink, white, red, and purple radishes in your bag.
  • Sugar Snap Peas- This is the last of the sugar snap peas of the season!
  • Garlic Scapes - Garlic Scapes are a gourmet treat! These are the top of the garlic plant, and can be eaten just like garlic and onions. See our recipe database (link below).
Need recipe ideas for the items in your share? Here is a link to the Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery recipe database, with cooking ideas for everything we grow here: http://all-natural-mama.blogspot.com/2015/03/recipes-by-vegetable-type.html   

Our 30-member CSA Program (Community Supported Agriculture) is a membership program in which members become "shareholders" in the farm's seasonal vegetable production & receive a "share" of the farm's organic  produce for our full 22-week-long season! To learn more: http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/csa-program  .  
Where to Buy our Beer:

Our beer is available for purchase at the following locations:
  • Our Taproom!  Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery, located between Freeport & Lena - Visiting Info
  • Benchwarmers, Freeport, IL
  • Cove Restaurant at Apple Canyon Lake, IL
  • Lodi Tap House, Maple Park, IL
  • Mulligans, Lena, IL 
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL
  • Pub 219, Freeport, IL
  • Rosati's Pizza, Freeport, IL 
  • Route 75 Bar & Grill, Dakota, IL
  • Woodbine Bend Golf Course, Stockton, IL 
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook!  Here is a link to our facebook page
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Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays, 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 pm
Tap room is located on our farm at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL
You can contact us at:
wishfulacres@gmail.com or 815-990-2380

       
  

Copyright © 2018 Wishful Acres Farm, All rights reserved.

You are receiving this email because you signed up at a farmers market, opted in at our website, or participated in a program with our family farm.

Our mailing address is:
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4679 N Flansburg Rd, Lena, IL, United States
Lena, IL 61048

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Live Music & Grill Out this Sunday, Jalapeno Ale is back, plus more Brew & Farm News!

Join us for music, food, beer, & fun this Sunday, July 1!  We have a food truck here grilling out from 12 - 5 pm, and live acoustic classic rock from 2-4 pm!  Details below!

Back by popular demand, our Jalapeno Ale will be back on tap this weekend!  We made more this time, but it's still a small batch of just 20 gallons, so stop out this weekend if you want to ensure you get a glass or growler fill to-go.  Feeling like experimenting? Ask us to mix you a Peach Mango Jalapeno Ale - we'll pour you a 50/50 mix of Jalapeno Ale and our sweeter-style fruit beer Peach Mango Ale!

Farm CSA Members: Group B half-share members and Full Share members, you are scheduled to pickup your organic vegetable shares this weekend. Scroll down for details on this week's CSA items.

Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery - taproom open Fridays 4-9, Saturdays 12-9, Sundays 12-5.  
Tap Room Bar at our Brewery
In our Tap Room this weekend, open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Jalapeno Ale - light colored ale, spiked with fresh Jalapenos. Slightly spicy!
  • Alton - mild brown ale
  • Red Five IPA - red, hoppy, and brewed with 5 hops! Supply of this one is already getting low, so stop out soon if you haven't yet had any!
  • Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
  • The Emperor -  Russian Imperial Stout, 13.5% ABV
  • Smart A** - Belgian Wit style beer - only a little bit left. Stop out Friday if you want to ensure you get some! 
  • Peach Mango Ale - a sweeter style fruit beer 
  • Homemade Root Beer (non-alcoholic)
In addition to fresh beer by the glass, we also have growler fills available for carry-out!  
Upcoming Events at Wishful Acres:
 
  • July 1 (Sunday) - Independence Day celebration!  Live Music by Sean Huguenin (acoustic classic rock) from 2-4 pm, and Grill Out with a Food Truck from 12-5 pm.
July 1, Celebrate USA at Wishful Acres!

Join us on Sunday, July 1 for a day of live acoustic music and a grill out!  Our friend Sean Huguenin will be playing a live acoustic set of Classic Rock from 2-4 pm.

We'll also have a food truck here Grilling Out from 12-5 pm, with most meat items $5 including chips.  They'll be grilling Beer Brats, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Pork Chop Sandwiches, and also frying up French Fries and Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds!  Please note: food truck items are cash only.

We'll have our craft beers & root beer on tap, and look forward to celebrating with you!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Member News

Our recipe database contains cooking ideas for all the vegetables we grow - link here.
Farm CSA Members: In your share of organic items this week:
  • Savoy Cabbage -  An absolutely beautiful head of Savoy Cabbage. Savoy is a wrinkled leaf heirloom variety that originated in Europe hundreds of years ago. Considered a specialty gourmet variety of cabbage, you can use it just like regular cabbage. We've rinsed the whole cabbage on the outside, but you may need to rinse again as you take the leaves apart for cooking.
  • Beets - This is the first harvest of beets this season. Beets are a root vegetable, and are super hardy for storage. If you're not feeling like cooking beets right now, just store in your refrigerator. They'll literally keep for weeks (or months). Beets are great boiled, or pickled, or our favorite way to eat  them - roasted! 
  • Australian Yellowleaf Lettuce - Our early spring varieties of lettuce have all succumbed to the hot temperatures. Now we begin to enter the summer crops, which means lettuce begins to exit. We can sometimes coax through a special summer variety of lettuce, which is what we've done here! This heirloom variety of lettuce originates in Australia, and can be grown in hot weather conditions, which is how we were able to get a bag of lettuce growing in our gardens, and into your hands this week!
  • Radishes - We were able to get a small new crop of radishes growing and into your shares. This variety is "Easter Egg", which is a medley of colors. You'll see pink, white, red, and purple radishes in your bag.
  • Sugar Snap Peas- Just a small amount this week. The hot weather we've had on & off is leading to a very short pea season. These are edible-pod peas, which means you simply remove the stem, pop the entire pea into your mouth, & enjoy!  Great raw with dip or salads, lightly sauteed, or roasted. 
  • Red Spring Onions - These onions are larger than green onions, but not as large as full sized.  We enjoy harvesting onions for you at this stage, because you can still enjoy the entire onion.... the greens at the top, and the small bulb onion at the bottom! Also sometimes referred to as "knob onions".
  • Zucchini - A bit more this week! You'll see at least 2 varieties in your bag. The lighter green is our favorite, it's a Middle Eastern variety of zucchini. You'll also see the traditional dark green zucchini.
  • Optional Extra Item: U-Pick Mulberries - We have over a dozen mulberry trees, and they're now ripe for picking, so long as the weather holds up!  CSA Members are permitted to pick as many as you'd like, just let us know and we can point you towards the mulberry trees. All of our fruits are a U-pick CSA member benefit.
  • Garlic Scapes - Garlic Scapes are a gourmet treat! These are the top of the garlic plant, and can be eaten just like garlic and onions. See our recipe database (link below).
  • Kale - Kale is one of the most nutritious leafy green vegetables.  See our recipe database for many kale recipes (link is listed at the bottom of this veggie list).
  • Dill - Fresh dill weed!  A little goes a long way. Great on sandwiches, salads, dips, etc.
Need recipe ideas for the items in your share? Here is a link to the Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery recipe database, with cooking ideas for everything we grow here: http://all-natural-mama.blogspot.com/2015/03/recipes-by-vegetable-type.html   

Our 30-member CSA Program (Community Supported Agriculture) is a membership program in which members become "shareholders" in the farm's seasonal vegetable production & receive a "share" of the farm's organic  produce for our full 22-week-long season! To learn more: http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/csa-program  .  
Where to Buy our Beer:

Our beer is available for purchase at the following locations:
  • Our Taproom!  Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery, located between Freeport & Lena - Visiting Info
  • Benchwarmers, Freeport, IL
  • Cove Restaurant at Apple Canyon Lake, IL
  • Lodi Tap House, Maple Park, IL
  • Mulligans, Lena, IL 
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL
  • Pub 219, Freeport, IL
  • Rosati's Pizza, Freeport, IL 
  • Route 75 Bar & Grill, Dakota, IL
  • Woodbine Bend Golf Course, Stockton, IL 
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook!  Here is a link to our facebook page
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Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Open Fridays 4-9 pm, Saturdays, 12-9 pm, and Sundays 12-5 pm
Tap room is located on our farm at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL
You can contact us at:
wishfulacres@gmail.com or 815-990-2380

       
  

Copyright © 2018 Wishful Acres Farm, All rights reserved.

You are receiving this email because you signed up at a farmers market, opted in at our website, or participated in a program with our family farm.

Our mailing address is:
Wishful Acres Farm
4679 N Flansburg Rd, Lena, IL, United States
Lena, IL 61048

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