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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Brew & Farm News from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery! 🍻  

News & Happenings at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery:

Wow, what amazing fall weather we're having!  This is definitely a record for us, in our 8 seasons of farming we've never gone this long in the year without a killing frost!  We hope you're also enjoying this nice weather - why not make the most of it with a trip to our farm & brewery this Saturday?!!  We'll be open on Saturday from 11-6.  Map & Directions on our web site here.

In Brewery News - Star Wars &  Brewery Trivia Time!!!  What does the alien race of Chewbacca drink when celebrating a victory?  Answer:  "Wookies Win"!  Our brand-new tasty beer, named 'Wookies Win", is a tasty Brown Ale - yes, brown like a Wookie, and super easy-drinking.  Featuring the flavors of toffee & caramel, and weighing in at 5.5% ABV and low bitterness at just 22% IBU, "Wookies Win" is a win-win ale!  This brand-new beer will debut in our taproom this weekend!

In Farm news, our Winter Micro-Greens CSA Sign-up is now open! Join us in eating fresh, local, and organic from our farm all winter long.  You can sign-up online or in our taproom.  Details here.

Visit our Taproom!!!  Now Open, Saturdays 11am-6pm - visit our web site for location, directions, and more:  
Tap Room & Store
In our Tap Room this week, open to the public Saturdays 11 am- 6 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Wookies Win (NEW! Mild Brown Ale with toffee & caramel flavors)
  • Jack-O-Java (Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale, award winning beer!) 
  • Red Five I.P.A. (American Red I.P.A.)
  • Honey Wheat Ale (Mild, very drinkable, organic wheat ale)
  • 3PO  (Kystalweissen, award winning beer!)
  • Dark Side Stout
  • Apple Cider Ale 
  • Homemade Root Beer (non-alcoholic)
In addition to fresh beer by the glass, we also have growlers & bottled beer available for carry-out on select styles of beer!  

Fresh from the farm this week, available in our store & taproom:
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Fresh Dill
  • Garlic
"Beer Share" News:

"Beer Share" Community Supported Brewery (CSB) Members, there is a new beer this week - a mild Brown Ale - "Wookies Win".  You will have first access to this beer during the Thursday 3:30-5:30 members-only time slot!   Remember, you may fill as many growlers as you like during your visit - you're not limited to just one.  Bring in your empty growlers, and we'll mark off your punch cards.  All the beers in our taproom are available in growler fills this week.

Our "Beer Share", aka CSB Program (Community Supported Brewery) is an ongoing membership program that offers members a 1-year supply of our beer at discounted prices, plus additional discounts & benefits.  Learn more on our web site:
"Veggie Share" CSA News:     (this week's "share" pictured above)

CSA Members, the full shareholders & Group B half-shareholders are scheduled for pickup here at the farm today (Thursday) between 3:30-5:30, during our members-only open time slot. Give me a call or text (815-990-2380), or email if you have questions or concerns with pickup this week.  Your veggie shares this week are chock-full of fall greens & more, all grown right here on our farm, including:
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage 
  • Potatoes (fresh, crisp potatoes, keep refrigerated)  
  • Hakurei (mild Japanese white radishes)
  • Garlic
  • Sweet Bell Peppers 
  • Kale
  • Arugula
  • Fresh Dill
As we wind down towards the end of the 2016 CSA season, a quick reminder of the remaining pickup dates:
-  Thursday, Nov 10 - Group B & Full Shareholders
- Thursday, Nov 17 - Group A & Full Shareholders
- * Wednesday, Nov 23 - Group B & Full Shareholders (due to Thanksgiving, Wednesday pickup)
- Thursday, Dec 1 - Group A & Full Shareholders - Final Pickup for Group A
- Thursday, Dec 8 - Group B & Full Shareholders - Final Pickup for Group B & Full Shareholders

If you're ever looking for more recipes ideas for the veggies in your share, check the list I compiled with recipes for every veggie we grow:

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 USDA Certified Organic produce for our full 30-week-long season! Our CSA Program is sold out for 2016, but our 2017 registration will begin this winter.  To learn more: 
Sign-up now open for Winter Micro-Greens CSA
Join us in eating Fresh, Local, and Organic all winter long with our indoor greenhouse-grown Micro-Greens!  These are grown right here on our farm, all winter long, and provided to our Winter Micro-Greens CSA Members (Community Supported Agriculture).  Want to learn more about our micro-greens?  Right here!
We are now serving Cheese & Sausage Plates in our taproom!  Featuring local cheeses from Torkelson Cheese factory in Lena, and local sausage from AJ's Lena Maid Meats, and accompanied by a medley of crackers.  Great to munch on while enjoying our craft beers!
We now have Jack-O-Java, our Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale, available in 22-oz Bottles!

The perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving Dinner!

Jack-O-Java is an award winning ale, 9% ABV, with the beautiful scent of coffee, and the flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.  Brewed with over 40 pounds of organic pumpkins grown right here on our farm!

This beer is only brewed once per year, and once it's gone you won't see it again until next fall.  Stop in soon to our taproom & grab yours!  Available by the glass in our taproom, or carry-out in growler fills or bottles!

Don't miss this beer at your Thanksgiving Dinner!  Stop in Saturday for yours!
Our Bottled Beer!

We hand-bottle & hand-label our beer into large 22-oz "Bomber" bottles.  These bottles are for sale in our taproom, and also at the following select retail locations:
Recipe Corner!

Sausage, Potato, and Kale Soup

Warm up with a delicious fall-inspired hearty soup!  CSA Members, this recipe uses the kale & potatoes from your share this week!

Last week's Featured Recipe: Cabbage & Kale Salad:
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook!  Here is a link to our facebook page
Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Open Saturdays, 11 am - 6 pm
Tap room & store located on our farm at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL
You can contact us at: or 815-990-2380


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