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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Brew & Farm News: New IPA Beer, Salad greens, Cherry Cider Ale, Soup Recipes & more!

Our brand New I.P.A. - style beer is ready!  It's called "Alderaan IPA", and You'll be Blown Away! (a bit of dark Star Wars humor there)!  In all seriousness, this is Nate's brand-new beer recipe, and he thinks it's the best IPA beer he's ever brewed.  We also have a new Cherry Cider Ale on tap.  We hope you can stop in this Saturday to give these & our other beers a try!

In Farm news, this may be the last week for greenhouse salad greens, so stop in to our taproom & store to buy yours!  The weather is predicted to drop below zero next week, and those low temps will kill off the cold-tolerant salad greens that have been growing away in our passive-solar-heated greenhouse.  Hello, winter.  Our CSA Members will be picking up their final share of the season this week, and the Winter Micro-Greens CSA begins next week!

Visit our Taproom & Store!!!  Now Open every Saturday, 11:00 am-6:00 pm - 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:
  • Alderaan IPA (NEW)
  • 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!  
Fresh from the Farm!
In our Store & taproom this week, open to the public Saturdays 11 am- 6 pm, we will have the following foods available from our farm!  All grown right here, all USDA Certified Organic, all washed & ready to eat!
  • Lettuce - fresh from our greenhouse
  • Spinach - fresh from our greenhouse
  • Hakurei - delicious, sweet & mild Japanese radishes - delicious raw with dip!
  • Garlic
NEW!  Our line of farm Frozen Foods, all grown & processed right here all summer long, frozen at the peak of ripeness:
  • Frozen heirloom tomatoes
  • Frozen Basil Pesto
  • Frozen Sweet Peppers (green & yellow)
  • Frozen shredded Zucchini
Lettuce growing inside our passive-solar-heated greenhouse (in early December, 20 degree outside)!
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) - Farm Member Share News
CSA Members, the full shareholders & Group B half-shareholders are scheduled to pick up your vegetable shares here at the farm today (Thursday) between 3:30-5:30.  This is your final share of the season (where did the time go?!).  Don't forget, root vegetables will store just fine for many weeks in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator (keep them inside the plastic bags we package them in).  This week you'll receive:
  • Lettuce (fresh from our greenhouse)
  • Rutabaga 
  • Turnips
  • Black Radishes (best eaten very thinly sliced or grated, have many health benefits!)
  • Potatoes (fresh, crisp potatoes, keep refrigerated)  
  • Hakurei (mild Japanese white radishes/salad turnips, enjoy raw with dip or on salads)
  • Garlic
  • Root Vegetable choice item - a mix of different root veggies, members choose one
  • Frozen Green Pepper Slices - great for cooking with all winter long!
  • Salad Greens Choice item - a mix of different salad greens & micro-greens, members choose one
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: 
"Beer Share" News:

"Beer Share" Community Supported Brewery (CSB) Members, fill your growlers today during our members-only slot 3:30-5:30 or anytime Saturday 11-6!   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.  We have a NEW beer this week, and if you arrive during the "members only" time today, you get first dibs!  Please note, beginning in mid-December our Thursday-only time will be removed, in favor of new open to the public hours that will include Friday as well as Saturday.  We'll have more on this soon, but please know that if you still need growlers filled on Thursdays, we can make that happen for you.

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.
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!
NEW!!  Introducing our line of farm Frozen Foods!  All grown & processed right here on our farm & licensed commercial kitchen!  Find these items in the freezer, located inside our store & taproom:
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Basil Pesto
  • Green sweet Peppers
  • Yellow sweet Peppers
  • 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:
Recipe Corner!

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

Last week's featured recipe:
a 5-star rated Root Vegetable Soup from the New York Times!  CSA Members, this recipe can use your rutabaga, turnips, & potatoes from this week's share!
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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