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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Farm & Brew News: June Edition!

In this edition of the Farm & Brew News from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery: construction pictures, our awesome new floors, veggie pics, sugar snap peas recipe, CSA veggie shares, brewery updates, and much more!
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News from the Farm & Brewery

Wow, what a great summer we're having so far (I guess technically it's not yet officially summer, but it sure feels like it!).

In farm news, our sold-out CSA program has been providing our CSA members with bountiful shares chock full of super fresh, washed & ready-to-eat, all-grown-here, USDA Certified Organic vegetables (wow, how was that for a mouthful!).  Our gardens are overflowing with beautiful vegetables, and you can see some pictures further down in the newsletter!

In brew news, our construction continues!  We're renovating our barn into our brewery & tasting room (yes, our barn, how fitting for a farm brewery!!).  The brewery is looking better every week, and it now features 4 walls (trust me, a huge deal for us!), a refinished floor, and a beautiful metal ceiling. We think it's great, and hope you do, too - check out the pictures below!  The tasting room & retail store is looking great as well - a portion of our barn was a former owner's recording studio and we've renovated that into our future tasting room & retail store.  Stay tuned, our artisan craft brewery launches this fall!
Pictured above, our refinished brewery floors (before & after)!  We kept the old cement barn floors, repaired them, and refinished them with a gray sealant.  Awesome!
Pictured above, the brewery tasting room & retail store area of our barn, before & during renovation.  Before picture, above left, was taking just after renovation began, and above right is how the renovation progress looks now.
Pictured above left, our Hops are growing great this year!  Pictured above right, Yoda helps himself to our Sugar Snap Peas.
Pictured above left, our CSA members have been receiving bountiful shares full of our vegetables since mid-May.  Pictured above right, our spring salad greens have been delicious.
Pictured above is one of the bottle labels for our future artisan craft beers!  Our artisan craft brewery will be very unique, with many of our beer recipes incorporating organic items grown right here on our farm!  In addition, we'll be producing a USDA Certified Organic beer, our Honey Wheat Ale!  (We are Certified Organic by MOSA for our hops, vegetables & fruits, beer, and prepared food items).
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook! Below are some recent postings & pictures from our Facebook page, don't you want to know what these Star Wars guys are up to? Here is a link to our facebook page
Do you LOVE craft beer?

Stay tuned: we'll be offering shares in our CSB program (Community Supported Brewery) when the brewery is up & running this fall!

What's a CSB?  Similar to our farm's CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture), a CSB is a membership program that offers members a "share" of our brewery's beer!  There will more than one share size - you choose depending upon how much awesome artisan craft beer you want to drink!   You bring your empty growler to the brewery (we provide the growlers for free with your membership) & get it filled with your choice of our craft beer.  The CSB is paid in a lump sum up front, and in return you'll receive a great price on your craft beer.  Your punch card will keep track of your growler fills, you'll receive a set amount of growler fills with your membership (depending upon the membership size you choose), and you'll get to choose from any of our on-tap beers.

Additionally, you receive other benefits with your membership!  Our CSA & CSB members have access to our members-only day (Thursday afternoons), discounts in our retail store, and invitations to our members-only farm events (potlucks, campouts, etc).  We LOVE our members!  We've been operating a CSA program here at the farm for 6 years and have enjoyed it so much, we decided to offer a CSB as well!

Stay tuned!
Recipe Corner!

Sauteed Sugar Snap Peas

It's Sugar Snap Pea season!  Our CSA Members have been enjoying these delicious edible-podded peas in their shares.  This recipe comes from Ina Garten at Food Network:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/sauteed-sugar-snap-peas-recipe.html
Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
You can contact Penny at:
wishfulacres@gmail.com or 815-990-2380

     
  

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Veggie CSA share 2016 week 1

The first pickup day for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members was in mid-May!  All of our farm's members received a beautiful "share" of the farm's USDA certified organic vegetables, identical to the one pictured here, all grown right here on our farm.

Our CSA program is sold out for 2016, and the members will be receiving a weekly (or biweekly) share all the way through early December!


Our brewery construction progress - pictures!

Our artisan craft brewery, tasting room, and retail store are coming along nicely!  Here are a few "before" & "during" construction pictures.  We are renovating our farm's barn for the brewery & store.

Stay tuned, our brewery launches this fall!

"Before" picture below, a former owner had a recording studio in this portion of our barn.  It consisted of 4 rooms, carpet all over the walls & floors, glass window dividers, and lots of insulation with the carpeted walls to keep it soundproof for the music recording. It has served as storage for us for the past 5 years, and in February 2016 we began the renovations.


And here, below, is how this area looks as of May.  It will serve as our tasting room & retail store.  It will be completed by this fall.


All of the brewing magic will happen in the main portion of our barn, below.  Here is the space before we began the renovations:


And here is the space as of May, below.


We're so excited for our expansion project, it's been another "wish" for over 6 years now & we're so happy it's finally happening!

Stay tuned, our brewery launches this fall!



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May edition Farm & Brew News

The May edition of the Farm & Brew Newsletter is below.

In this edition of the Farm & Brew News from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery: construction continues, bacon lettuce recipe, CSA veggies begin, join our brewery, and much more!
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We're having a great farming season so far, and this year marks our 8th season in business!  The vegetables are growing away, and the farm's CSA members (Community Supported Agriculture) will be receiving their 1st vegetable share of the season next week.  The CSA Program is full for 2016; a huge thank you to all of our customers for your support!

In brew news, we received our Federal Brewer's Permit in late April, which puts us one step closer to brewing our craft beer!!!  In the meantime, construction continues on our artisan craft brewery & retail store. We're still on track to have the brewery & retail store open to the public by fall, so stay tuned for more details!

A lot is happening here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery... where we grow & (soon) brew locally, not in a galaxy far, far away!!!
Pictured above, our refinished brewery floors (before & after)!  We kept the old cement barn floors, repaired them, and refinished them with a gray sealant.  Awesome!
Pictured above, the brewery tasting room & retail store area of our barn, before & during renovation.  Before picture, above left, was taking just after renovation began, and above right is how the renovation progress looks now.
Pictured above left, our Hops are growing great this year!  Pictured above right, Yoda helps himself to our Sugar Snap Peas.
Pictured above left, our CSA members have been receiving bountiful shares full of our vegetables since mid-May.  Pictured above right, our spring salad greens have been delicious.
Pictured above is one of the bottle labels for our future artisan craft beers!  Our artisan craft brewery will be very unique, with many of our beer recipes incorporating organic items grown right here on our farm!  In addition, we'll be producing a USDA Certified Organic beer, our Honey Wheat Ale!  (We are Certified Organic by MOSA for our hops, vegetables & fruits, beer, and prepared food items).

Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook! Below are some recent postings & pictures from our Facebook page, don't you want to know what these Star Wars guys are up to? Here is a link to our facebook page
Do you LOVE craft beer?

Stay tuned: we'll be offering shares in our CSB program (Community Supported Brewery) when the brewery is up & running this fall!

What's a CSB?  Similar to our farm's CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture), a CSB is a membership program that offers members a "share" of our brewery's beer!  There will more than one share size - you choose depending upon how much awesome artisan craft beer you want to drink!   You bring your empty growler to the brewery (we provide the growlers for free with your membership) & get it filled with your choice of our craft beer.  The CSB is paid in a lump sum up front, and in return you'll receive a great price on your craft beer.  Your punch card will keep track of your growler fills, you'll receive a set amount of growler fills with your membership (depending upon the membership size you choose), and you'll get to choose from any of our on-tap beers.

Additionally, you receive other benefits with your membership!  Our CSA & CSB members have access to our members-only day (Thursday afternoons), discounts in our retail store, and invitations to our members-only farm events (potlucks, campouts, etc).  We LOVE our members!  We've been operating a CSA program here at the farm for 6 years and have enjoyed it so much, we decided to offer a CSB as well!

Stay tuned!
Recipe Corner!

Wilted Lettuce with Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing

This time of year, the first spring lettuces are so delicate & delicious.  In my family, it was tradition to enjoy the early spring lettuces in a recipe known as Wilted Lettuce salad.  I recall enjoying this meal with my grandparents as a child, when they harvested the first lettuce from their huge garden.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, here is a link:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/wilted-greens-with-bacon-vinaigrette-recipe.html
Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
You can contact Penny at:
wishfulacres@gmail.com or 815-990-2380

     
  

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Farm & Brew News, newsletter 3-30-2016

Our most recent newsletter is below.  Visit our Web site to subscribe! www.wishfulacresfarm.com

In this edition of the Farm & Brew News from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery: spring planting, brewery & store building work, plus more!
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Just 1 Month left to reserve your spot!!!
Receive 30 weeks of our USDA Certified Organic fresh vegetables!  Our 2016 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program begins on May 19 & runs through December 8!   Visit our web site CSA page here to learn more & select your payment option.
News from the Farm

Spring planting is underway full force here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!  Our outdoor gardens are being tilled & planted, and our passive-solar-heated greenhouse is full of growing salad greens.  In greenhouse flats, the garden transplants - tomatoes, peppers, and much more - are growing larger every day.  We'll have a lot of fresh veggies ready soon, because our CSA Program begins in just over a month!  Be sure to join soon to receive our fresh vegetables.  
Visit our web site CSA page here to learn more & select your payment option.

In other news, our expansion project is moving along nicely!  The area of our barn that will become the retail location for the farm & brewery is almost complete.  This area will be used starting in May as our new & improved CSA pickup location (by fall we'll have it open to the public as well as a farm store & brewery).  The next step in our expansion project is the brewery & kitchen phase of the barn remodel, which begins this week with our plumber's portion of the work.  We're still on track to have the brewery & retail store open to the public by fall, so keep tuned for more details!

A lot is happening here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook! Below are some recent postings & pictures from our Facebook page, don't you want to know what these Star Wars guys are up to? Here is a link to our facebook page
Just 1 Month left to reserve your spot!!!
Receive 30 weeks of our USDA Certified Organic fresh vegetables!  Our 2016 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program begins on May 19 & runs through December 8!   Visit our web site CSA page here to learn more & select your payment option.
Recipe Corner!

Penny's Favorite Summer Rice Veggie Salad


As the spring greens come into season, I always thing of this delicious recipe.  I developed this recipe several years ago and it has never failed me in it's simplicity and changeability.  You can literally add any raw vegetable or green to this dish and it's delicious no matter what!

Here is a link to "Penny's Summer Rice Salad" recipe:

http://all-natural-mama.blogspot.com/2009/06/pennys-favorite-rice-summer-salad.html
Don't miss your chance to eat Fresh. Local, and Organic for 30 weeks this year!  Our CSA Program begins in just 1 month.

Click the image above to watch a video of all 30 shares in our CSA program.

Join our 2016 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program & receive 30 weeks of USDA Certified Organic vegetables!  The video above shows our 2014 CSA season, week-by-week, for a perfect example of what our weekly CSA "shares" look like.

The CSA Price is always paid in a lump sum, but the price per share breaks down to just $36 per share.  When you see our shares, you'll see that it's a good deal, and the retail value is always valued at more than what you pay.

We now offer 3 methods of payment for your convenience:
  • Credit or debit cards (via PayPal)
  • Financing (including special interest-free options & longer payback options, via PayPal)
  • Personal Check 
Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
You can contact Penny at:
wishfulacres@gmail.com or 815-990-2380

     
  

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Friday, January 29, 2016

We're Expanding! Our Farm Brewery & Name Change!!!

Our Name is Changing!  No longer will we be just "Wishful Acres Farm".....



we're now "Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery"!

It's been almost 6 years of planning, and yes of course more "Wishing", to reach this moment!

My husband Nate has been brewing craft beer for 10 years, both professionally and as a hobbyist.  This is his passion, just as mine is farming.  Our passions are now combining into one grand adventure!  Our organic farm will soon include an artisan craft brewery.  Many of the crops grown here, including our hops, apples, peaches, pumpkins, herbs, and much more, will be used in our artisan craft beers!  To stay updated about our plans, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter here!

The moment has arrived.  In early January, we were approved by the Zoning Appeals board and we were officially approved by the County Board.  Our heartfelt thanks to our local officials for their help & support through this process!

In the meantime, our Federal Brewing License paperwork has been filed, and construction began in February!  We hope to be up and running by early fall.  Here is some info on our upcoming Brewery:

- We'll be Community Supported!  Just as our farm's products are sold through our Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA), our artisan handcrafted beer will be sold through a Community Supported Brewery program (CSB)!  We will offer "shares", which is basically a 1-year membership to our brewery, and in return Brewery members will receive a specified amount of beer.    There will be 3 membership categories to choose from, Gold Membership, Silver Membership, and Bronze Memberships, and each will feature different amounts of beer.  Beer will be provided to members as growler fills here on site.  Members will have first rights & access to all of our beer!    Nate will be brewing new fresh recipes all the time, so there will be something new & fresh on tap for growler fills frequently.  Additionally, members will receive other benefits such as discounts in our store & farm programs, free invitations to member's-only events here on our farm, and more!  (These extra benefits will also be extended to our farm's CSA Members!)

- We'll have an on-site store!  We plan to have a store (in a newly renovated location on our farm) open to the public on Saturdays year-round.  In the store, we plan to sell some of our farm's produce as well as our artisan craft beer (including bottled beer and growler fills).  In addition, the store will serve as a new & improved pick-up site for our farm's CSA Members and our brewery CSB Members.

We'll have an on-site licensed commercial kitchen!  We'll be able to process our farm's organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs into ready-to-eat salads, cut vegetables, frozen vegetables from our gardens, and much more.  These items will be available for purchase in our new on-site retail store.

- We'll be sold in stores!  We will have a limited amount of our bottled artisan craft beer available for sale in stores.

We're really excited about our expansion project!  To stay updated about our plans, make sure to sign up for our email newsletter here!

We hope to see you soon!  Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery.

A sneak peek at one of our beer label designs!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter crops growing away, and below zero weather!

Pictured here on our Facebook page, ( https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153176580887191&id=222010642190&__tn__=%2As ) today's harvest of our indoor-grown micro-greens.  From December through April, our farm offers a Winter CSA program (Community Supported Agriculture).  Customers join on for a season, and receive a "share" of our harvest on a scheduled basis all winter long!

Want to learn more?  Visit the Winter Micro-Greens CSA page on our Web site here: http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/#!microgreens-csa/c4f1