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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Brew & Farm News: Farmer of Year Nomination!, Xmas Hours, Gift ideas, Stuffed Pepper Soup recipe!

Bottles of Beer & Gift Certificates - the perfect stocking stuffers!  We bottled more beer this week, so our taproom shelves are full of bottles of: Coffee Habit, Alderaan IPA, Unicorn Tears, 3PO, Honey Wheat, Overcast, Wookies Win, and Jack-O-Java (bottles of Jack-O-Java are on special this week!).  We also offer gift certificates!

Our Holiday Hours will be the same as regular, we'll be open Christmas Eve from 12-7 pm, and New Years Eve from 12-7 pm, as well as the Fridays before each of those holidays!  Bring in the family visiting for the holidays, we're family friendly & open Christmas Eve 12-7 pm! 

In Farm news, did you see our Big News on our Facebook page this week?!!  We've been nominated for the Farmer of the Year award - what an honor!  You can view our application video here on YouTube (also more info on this below).
Eat our veggies! - the registration for the 2017 Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) is now open!  More information here on our web site.  Also, Winter Micro-Greens CSA Members, Group B is scheduled to pick up your micro-greens here at the taproom & store anytime this weekend during open hours.  
Did you know we now offer frozen foods?  Grown right here, picked at the peak of ripeness, and frozen to capture all the yummy summer goodness!!!  See this week's Stuffed Pepper Soup recipe for a great way to use our frozen heirloom tomatoes & green and yellow bell peppers!  We also offer frozen Basil Pesto & shredded zucchini.

Visit our Taproom & Store!!!  Now Open - Fridays 4-7 pm, and Saturdays 12-7 pm - visit our web site for location, directions, and more:  
We've been nominated for the Farmer of the Year award!  You can watch our application video here, and learn way, way more about us than you ever wanted to know.  Thank you to Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) and the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT)!  What an Honor!!!
Tap Room & Store
In our Tap Room this week, open to the public Fridays 4-7 pm and Saturdays 12-7 pm, we will be pouring fresh from our taps:
  • Alderaan IPA (citrus loaded I.P.A.)
  • Coffee Habit (mocha coffee stout)
  • Cherry Cider Ale
  • Overcast (Hefeweizen style German wheat beer)
  • Wookies Win (Mild Brown Ale with toffee & caramel flavors)
  • Jack-O-Java (Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale, award winning beer!) 
  • Honey Wheat Ale (Mild, very drinkable, organic wheat 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!  We're Family Friendly - bring the kids, we have homemade root beer!  
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) News

EAT OUR FOOD!!!   Our 2017 CSA program is now open for enrollment!  To learn more about our CSA program, please visit the CSA page on our web site.  To view a video of our CSA, click here.  You can receive 30 weeks of local, fresh, USDA Certified Organic vegetables. 
Sample share from September 2016 shown above.

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! 2017 CSA is now open for enrollment.  To learn more: 
"Beer Share" News:

"Beer Share" Community Supported Brewery (CSB) Members, fill your growlers Fridays 4-7 pm, Saturdays 12-7 pm!   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:
Our Taproom is available for Private Events!  We will be happy to be open during our "closed" hours for your group event of 8 or more people.  There is no charge for use of the taproom, carry-in food is okay, and we staff it for you, we just ask that all beverages be purchased from us.  More info here on our web site.
Fresh from the Farm!
In our Store & taproom this week, open to the public Fridays 4-7 and Saturdays 12-7, we will have the following foods available from our farm!  All grown right here, all USDA Certified Organic, all washed & ready to eat, or frozen & ready to cook!
  • Hakurei - delicious, sweet & mild Japanese radishes - delicious raw with dip!
  • Rutabaga 
  • Turnips
  • Garlic
  • Frozen heirloom tomatoes
  • Frozen Basil Pesto
  • Frozen Sweet Peppers (green & yellow)
  • Frozen shredded Zucchini
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:
Gift Certificates & Online Store!!!

We offer gift certificates for sale!  These can be used towards the purchase of anything we sell in our store & taproom, including all farm products (fresh & frozen vegetables, CSA memberships), fresh tap beer, bottled beer, growlers & growler fills, apparel (shirts, sweatshirts), tours, and more!

We also have an online store, featuring t-shirts, sweatshirts, natural cotton bags, and even gift certificates, and we can mail anywhere within the United States.  Shop our online store here!

This week's featured recipe is Stuffed Pepper Soup!  One of my favorite soups, this is an heirloom recipe in my family, handed down from my great-grandparents who immigrated from the area of Croatia & Hungary.  It's the best winter warmer soup recipe!  I have adapted this recipe to include the best of summer ingredients - our own farm-grown heirloom tomatoes & peppers, frozen at the peak of ripeness & full of real summer flavor.  You can purchase our organic frozen vegetables in our taproom & store.  I hope you enjoy!

Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 bag Wishful Acres frozen heirloom tomatoes, thawed
1/2 bag Wishful Acres frozen green pepper, thawed & diced    
1/2 bag Wishful Acres Frozen yellow peppers, thawed & diced
1½ to 2 lb ground beef
12 oz can tomato sauce            
2 cups beef broth or stock, heated
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced            
1 cup uncooked instant rice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Brown ground beef, onion, garlic and peppers into a large stock pot. Stir frequently
& cook until peppers & onions are soft and ground beef is coked.  Add beef stock,
tomato sauce and frozen thawed tomatoes (add entire bag of thawed tomatoes,
including liquid in bag after thawing). Stir well and simmer for 15 minutes. Add
uncooked rice and simmer until rice is done. Enjoy!.
(If you desire a smoother consistency with the tomato peels, puree the frozen,
thawed tomatoes in a blender before adding them to the soup)

Last week's featured recipe:
  Beer Chili Soup!  Yes, what could be better than beer in chili?! 

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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