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!
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!
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: