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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake IPA! CSA Peaches U-Pick! Plus more from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!

Have YOU tried a Milkshake IPA? This new style of IPA is taking the world by storm, and we're super excited to introduce ours! "Strawberry Fields" is our Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake IPA, and it goes on tap here this Friday at 4 pm! This beer was made with over 40 pounds of strawberry puree, pounds of lactose milk sugar for a full body & semi-sweetness, then aged with Madagascar vanilla beans! The result is a creamy, fruity, hazy, full-bodied, hoppy IPA at 7% ABV that is surprisingly well balanced! We think it's **absolutely delicious**, and we hope you'll think so, too!

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

ALSO, CSA Members: Not only are you able to u-pick red & yellow apples to go along with your veggie share this week, but our Peaches are also ready!  Unfortunately, the peach crop this year is very, very small due to a cold snap last winter. We would ask that each CSA Member please keep to a 4 peaches limit each.  Ask us for a bag, and we can point you to the peach tree (yes, only one of our peach trees actually has peaches this year!).

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:
  • Strawberry Fields - Milkshake IPA
  • Jack-O-Java - Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale
  • Apple Ale - mild & fruity
  • Oktoberfest - NEW! Malty, amber-colored, German malts
  • Coffee Habit - coffee stout
  • Overcast - German-style Hefeweizen
  • Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
  • 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:
 
  • Jack-o-Java Beer Release - Friday, September 14
  • New Strawberry Milkshake IPA release - Friday, September 21
  • Pretzel City Brewfest - September 22 - visit our booth! (Yes, our taproom is also open this day as normal.)
  • Brew & Brush with artist Mia - Oct 14 & 28 (registration required, see below)
  • Beer Chili Day - 1st one of the season!  Sunday, October 21, 12-5
Have YOU tried a Milkshake IPA? This new style of IPA is taking the world by storm, and we're super excited to introduce ours! "Strawberry Fields" is our Strawberry Vanilla Milkshake IPA, and it goes on tap here this Friday at 4 pm! This beer was made with over 40 pounds of strawberry puree, pounds of lactose milk sugar for a full body & semi-sweetness, then aged with Madagascar vanilla beans! The result is a creamy, fruity, hazy, full-bodied, hoppy IPA at 7% ABV that is surprisingly well balanced! We think it's **absolutely delicious**, and we hope you'll think so, too!

Yes, we are offering Growler Fills of this special beer, so that you can take some home with you!
Join us for "Brew & Brush" on Sunday, October 14 from 12:00-2:00 or Sunday, October 28 from 12-2 pm! Ages 21+. In this class, you'll create your own fall scene painting as seen here, 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 fall 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 (Mia brings a nice spread of snacks!),1 drink token (1 pint glass of our homemade craft beers or a homemade root beer), and door prizedrawing 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 for this class here in our web site Online Store:http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/online-store/Brew-%26-Brush-Create-this-painting-Snacks-%26-drink-included-October-14-or-28-2018-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:
  • Butternut Squash (Winter Squash) -  The winter squash harvest was rather small this year.  This week may be the only time you'll see Butternut Squash.  Our favorite way to eat butternut squash is soup!
  • Pie Pumpkin (Winter Squash) - This variety of pumpkin is an heirloom called "Amish Pie Pumpkin". These types of pumpkins are small to medium sized, and are traditionally used for cooking, not carving.  You can use these pie pumpkins to make not only pumpkin pie, but you can also substitute them in any recipe that calls for winter squash (for example, you can use them in place of Butternut Squash in a recipe!)
  • Pac Choi / Bok Choy - a bag of big leaves, great stir fried. Often used in Lo Mein, Stir Fry, Asian Soups, etc. 
  • Green Beans - First harvest of our early fall crop of green beans!
  • Kale-  fall kale!  Try a kale salad, soup, or kale chips! Lots of ideas on our recipe page.
  • Radishes - "French breakfast" variety. The green tops are attached, and also edible!  Try finely chopping the green leafy tops into a mixed lettuce salad.  You'll get a nice, healthy radish flavor punch from the green tops as well as the radish root itself!
  • Mustard Greens- Red & Green, beautiful colors & first of the season!  Can be eaten raw mixed into a salad, or cooked. See our recipe page (link above) for cooking ideas!
  • Arugula- fall arugula! This Italian salad green is delicious mixed into salads, or chopped & sprinkled raw onto cooked pizza & pasta 
  • Bell Pepper - One sweet bell pepper in each share. Red, purple, or green.
  • Hot Peppers - A few chili peppers, they won't be around much longer!
  • Basil - A small bag of fresh basil to enjoy, it also won't be around much longer.
  • Optional U-Pick Bonus Items: Peaches!  Our peach crop is very small this year. We'd ask that members limit themselves to 4 peaches each so that everyone can have some.  Thank you!
  • Optional U-Pick Bonus Items: Yellow and Red Apples!  These small organic yellow & red Macintosh apples are crunchy & delicious!  CSA Members may pick from this any of the apple trees in our orchard, they are all ripe now.   Ask us to point out the tree, and we can provide a bag if needed!  This is a CSA Member benefit!  :) 
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
  • Best Damn Bar, Durand, IL
  • Lodi Tap House, Maple Park, IL
  • Mulligans, Lena, IL 
  • Park Hills Golf Course, Freeport, IL
  • Pub 219, Freeport, IL
  • Rock City Tap, Rock City, IL
  • Rosati's Pizza, Freeport, IL 
  • Route 75 Bar & Grill, Dakota, 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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Lena, IL 61048

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Jack-O-Java Pumpkin Beer & Apple Ale, both on tap! This & more from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!

Jack-O-Java, our Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale, is BACK!  We only brew this special beer once per year, each fall, and we brew it with pumpkins grown right here!  Then, we age the beer with pumpkin spiced coffee beans.  Jack-o-Java is an amber ale, and will be on tap starting this Friday - here in our taproom & carry out available in growler fills. 

Also NEW on tap is our Apple Ale!  Also only made once per year, each fall, and it tastes like a crisp green apple.  Similar to a hard cider, but brewed with malts, this beer is mild & sweet.  

Farm CSA Members: Group A half-share members and Full Share members, you are scheduled to pick up 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:
  • Jack-O-Java - Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale
  • Apple Ale - mild & fruity
  • Oktoberfest - NEW! Malty, amber-colored, German malts
  • Coffee Habit - coffee stout
  • El Capitan - mild IPA brewed with Amarillo & El Dorado hops (almost gone)
  • Overcast - German-style Hefeweizen
  • Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
  • 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:
 
  • Jack-o-Java Beer Release - Friday, September 14
  • New special IPA release - Friday, September 21 (details to come soon)
  • Brew & Brush with artist Mia - Oct 14 & 28 (registration required, see below)
  • Beer Chili Day - 1st one of the season!  Sunday, October 21, 12-5
Join us for "Brew & Brush" on Sunday, October 14 from 12:00-2:00 or Sunday, October 28 from 12-2 pm! Ages 21+. In this class, you'll create your own fall scene painting as seen here, 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 fall 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 (Mia brings a nice spread of snacks!),1 drink token (1 pint glass of our homemade craft beers or a homemade root beer), and door prizedrawing 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 for this class here in our web site Online Store:http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/online-store/Brew-%26-Brush-Create-this-painting-Snacks-%26-drink-included-October-14-or-28-2018-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:
  • Winter Squash - The winter squash harvest was rather small this year.  This week is the only time you'll see Acorn Squash.  You'll see either green or cream-colored acorn squash in your share. These are 2 different varieties, but both are equally delicious and can be prepared the same.  See our recipe list for ideas.
  • Pac Choi / Bok Choy - a bag of big leaves, great stir fried. Often used in Lo Mein, Stir Fry, Asian Soups, etc. 
  • Kale-  fall kale!  Try a kale salad, soup, or kale chips! Lots of ideas on our recipe page.
  • Asian Greens Mix - a mix of Mizuna, Scarlet Frills, and Tat Soi.  Has a slightly spicy kick. Great mixed raw onto a salad, or lightly stir fried and served with rice.  Can also be paired with your Pac Choi/ Bok Choy and used together in one dish.
  • Radishes - "French breakfast" variety. The green tops are attached, and also edible!  Try finely chopping the green leafy tops into a mixed lettuce salad.  You'll get a nice, healthy radish flavor punch from the green tops as well as the radish root itself!
  • Mustard Greens- Red & Green, beautiful colors & first of the season!  Can be eaten raw mixed into a salad, or cooked. See our recipe page (link above) for cooking ideas!
  • Arugula- fall arugula! This Italian salad green is delicious mixed into salads, or chopped & sprinkled raw onto cooked pizza & pasta 
  • Red & Green Lettuce   - Our fall lettuce - Red & Green oak leaf lettuce mixed bag
  • Cucumbers - Almost done for the season. Just 1 each.
  • Optional U-Pick Bonus Items: Yellow and Red Apples!  These small organic yellow & red Macintosh apples are crunchy & delicious!  CSA Members may pick from this any of the apple trees in our orchard, they are all ripe now.   Ask us to point out the tree, and we can provide a bag if needed!  This is a CSA Member benefit!  :) 
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
  • Best Damn Bar, Durand, 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
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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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Oktoberfest! Grill Out! Hops harvest & more - it's a busy time at Wishful Acres!

We're tapping our brand-new Oktoberfest beer! 
Brewed with plenty of Vienna & Munich malts, and fermented with a special yeast strain, our amber-colored Oktoberfest is a malty treat! We lagered this special beer for over 2 months, and at 4.5% ABV, you can easily drink a few! 

Hungry for one last grill out?  This Sunday, Sep 9 will be our FINAL grill out of the season!  The food truck is here from 12-5 - details below.

Did you see our Hops Harvest & the fresh wet-hopped beer we made this week?  If not, visit our Facebook page to see pictures & video of this very special hops harvest brew day!

Lastly, if you're attending the Screw City Brewfest in Rockford, IL this Saturday, September 8, stop by our booth and say "Hi"!  Nate will be there pouring 5 different Wishful Acres beers for you!

Farm CSA Members: Group B half-share members and Full Share members, you are scheduled to pick up 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:
  • Oktoberfest - NEW! Malty, amber-colored, German malts
  • Coffee Habit - coffee stout
  • Celtic Ale - Irish-style mild brown ale
  • El Capitan - mild IPA brewed with Amarillo & El Dorado hops (almost gone)
  • Overcast - German-style Hefeweizen
  • Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
  • Peach Mango Ale - a sweeter style fruit beer (almost gone, stop out early Friday if you want to ensure that you get some!)
  • 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:
 
  • Oktoberfest Beer Release - Friday, September 7
  • Final Grill Out of the Season - September 9 (Sunday) -  12-5 pm  Cash only for food truck items please. 
  • Jack-o-Java Beer Release - Friday, September 14
  • Brew & Brush with artist Mia - Oct 14 & 28 (registration required, see below)
  • Beer Chili Day - 1st one of the season!  Sunday, October 21, 12-5
Grill Out!  Sunday, September 9, 12-5 pm!

The food truck will be here one last time for the summer, on Sunday, September 9 from 12-5 pm!

You can enjoy:

- Grilled Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers
- Grilled Beer Brats
- Grilled Pork Chop Sandwiches
- French Fries
- Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Meat items are $5 and include potato chips.  Cash only for Grill Out food truck items.
Join us for "Brew & Brush" on Sunday, October 14 from 12:00-2:00 or Sunday, October 28 from 12-2 pm! Ages 21+. In this class, you'll create your own fall scene painting as seen here, 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 fall 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 (Mia brings a nice spread of snacks!),1 drink token (1 pint glass of our homemade craft beers or a homemade root beer), and door prizedrawing 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 for this class here in our web site Online Store:http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/online-store/Brew-%26-Brush-Create-this-painting-Snacks-%26-drink-included-October-14-or-28-2018-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:
  • Kale- first harvest of the fall kale!  Try a kale salad, soup, or kale chips! Lots of ideas on our recipe page.
  • Radishes - "French breakfast" variety. The green tops are attached, and also edible!  Try finely chopping the green leafy tops into a mixed lettuce salad.  You'll get a nice, healthy radish flavor punch from the green tops as well as the radish root itself!
  • Eggplant- Small Asian-style eggplant in your shares. We've had a few crop failures this season (as with any season), and this year the eggplant didn't fare very well.  This will probably be the only eggplant of the season.
  • Mustard Greens- Red & Green, beautiful colors & first of the season!  Can be eaten raw mixed into a salad, or cooked. See our recipe page (link above) for cooking ideas!
  • Arugula- fall arugula! This Italian salad green is delicious mixed into salads, or chopped & sprinkled raw onto cooked pizza & pasta 
  • Red & Green Lettuce   - A Double-sized bag of our fall lettuce - Red & Green oak leaf lettuce mixed bag
  • Garlic - one bulb each
  • Hot Peppers- A few chili peppers
  • Cucumbers - the now-infamous 2018 Cucumber Bumper Crop is finally slowing down.  You'll only see 2 cucumbers in your share this week.
  • Bell Pepper - Sweet bell peppers. You'll see a crunchy fresh bell pepper in your share. 
  • Optional U-Pick Bonus Items: Yellow and Red Apples!  These small organic yellow & red Macintosh apples are crunchy & delicious!  CSA Members may pick from this any of the apple trees in our orchard, they are all ripe now.   Ask us to point out the tree, and we can provide a bag if needed!  This is a CSA Member benefit!  :) 
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
  • Best Damn Bar, Durand, 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
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.

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Wishful Acres Farm
4679 N Flansburg Rd, Lena, IL, United States
Lena, IL 61048

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