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Friday, September 23, 2016

Opening Soon! Farm & Brew Newsletter.

In this edition of the Farm & Brew News from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery: taproom opening soon! Plus fall harvesting, recipe, Brewfest, and much more!
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News from the Farm & BreweryIn brewery news, we will be opening our taproom very soon!  Make sure to stay tuned to this newsletter, our web site (www.WishfulAcresFarm.com), and our facebook page for updates! Our web site has been updated with all the information about our brewery, be sure to check it out. What will our taproom feature?  We will have at least 6 of our handcrafted beers on tap at all times, in addition to our homemade root beer & more.  Our taproom will be open on Saturdays once we open, and customers can sit & enjoy a pint of our fresh craft beer, a sampler flight, and more!  Carry-out beer will be available in the form of growler fills and bottled beer.  We will also sell a small amount of our farm's organic vegetables inside the taproom's retail store.  We brew all of our beer right here on site with our own handcrafted recipes, and many of our beers are made with ingredients grown right here on our farm!  In the meantime, you can get an early taste of our artisan craft beers this Saturday, September 24, at the Pretzel City Brewfest in downtown Freeport, IL!  If you're a BIG craft beer fan, check out the "Beer Share" program that we'll be offering - this CSB Program (Community Supported Brewery) offers big benefits for members along with your pre-paid growler fills - more info here on the Beer Shares.In farm news, the fall crops have begun filling the CSA shares!  The beautiful Asian Greens, arugula, lettuces, and more are thriving with all of the lovely rain we've had.  This week, our passive-solar-heated-greenhouse will be planted with even more salad greens, to feed our customers through December!  As you read above, our taproom & retail store will be opening soon.  We will offer a small amount of our farm's USDA Certified Organic vegetables for sale inside our store once we open.  The majority of our vegetables will still be used to fill our CSA shares, but there will be some veggies available in our store available (especially leafy greens!).  Have you always wanted to see our farm?  With our new brewery expansion, we will be offering Farm & Brewery Tours - read more about it here.

A sneak peek at our bottles!  All of our graphic design work is done right here by us!
CSA Share from mid-September.  
A few of our Tap Handles!  We will feature at least 6 of our beers on tap inside our taproom.
Our growlers - used to fill fresh tap beer in our taproom for carry-out.  CSB Members get a free growler with their "Beer Share"!  Learn more about the Beer Share program here.
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 we are up to? Here is a link to our facebook page
Recipe Corner!

Arugula Salad with Olive Oil & Parmesan Cheese

It's fall greens season here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!  Our CSA Members have been enjoying bags of fresh salad greens in their shares, including arugula!  This arugula salad recipe comes from Tyler Florence at Food Network:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/arugula-salad-with-olive-oil-lemon-and-parmesan-cheese-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, July 28, 2016

July edition of Farm & Brew News from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!!!

In this edition of the Farm & Brew News from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery: brewery construction nearly complete, hops crops, recipe, CSA veggie shares, and much more!
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News from the Farm & Brewery

In brewery news, our artisan craft brewery is nearly complete!  The barn brewery now has all equipment in place, and we're just finishing up a few small construction projects.  Very soon we'll begin brewing our artisan craft beers right here at our farm!  We plan to open our tasting room & retail store to the public this fall, stay tuned to this newsletter, our web site (www.WishfulAcresFarm.com), and our facebook page for updates!

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!
Our brewing equipment is now in place inside our barn brewery!  Our artisan craft beers will be truly handcrafted in very small batches of just 110 gallons each!
July 21, the CSA members all received a share identical to this one. Our weekly shares are bountiful & delicious!  Our 2016 CSA program is sold out, but you can enjoy our organic veggies in picture form!
Yoda inspects our organic pumpkin crop.  These pumpkins will be used to make our Pumpkin Ale beer!
Our certified organic Hops crop in early July with baby hops cones. 
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
Recipe Corner!

Basil Pesto

It's Basil season here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!  Our CSA Members have been enjoying bags of fresh basil in their shares.  This basil recipe comes from Food Network:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/basil-pesto-recipe2.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, 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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