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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Live Music & Grill Out this Sunday, Jalapeno Ale is back, plus more Brew & Farm News!

Join us for music, food, beer, & fun this Sunday, July 1!  We have a food truck here grilling out from 12 - 5 pm, and live acoustic classic rock from 2-4 pm!  Details below!

Back by popular demand, our Jalapeno Ale will be back on tap this weekend!  We made more this time, but it's still a small batch of just 20 gallons, so stop out this weekend if you want to ensure you get a glass or growler fill to-go.  Feeling like experimenting? Ask us to mix you a Peach Mango Jalapeno Ale - we'll pour you a 50/50 mix of Jalapeno Ale and our sweeter-style fruit beer Peach Mango Ale!

Farm CSA Members: Group B half-share members and Full Share members, you are scheduled to pickup 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:
  • Jalapeno Ale - light colored ale, spiked with fresh Jalapenos. Slightly spicy!
  • Alton - mild brown ale
  • Red Five IPA - red, hoppy, and brewed with 5 hops! Supply of this one is already getting low, so stop out soon if you haven't yet had any!
  • Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
  • The Emperor -  Russian Imperial Stout, 13.5% ABV
  • Smart A** - Belgian Wit style beer - only a little bit left. Stop out Friday if you want to ensure you get some! 
  • Peach Mango Ale - a sweeter style fruit beer 
  • 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:
  • July 1 (Sunday) - Independence Day celebration!  Live Music by Sean Huguenin (acoustic classic rock) from 2-4 pm, and Grill Out with a Food Truck from 12-5 pm.
July 1, Celebrate USA at Wishful Acres!

Join us on Sunday, July 1 for a day of live acoustic music and a grill out!  Our friend Sean Huguenin will be playing a live acoustic set of Classic Rock from 2-4 pm.

We'll also have a food truck here Grilling Out from 12-5 pm, with most meat items $5 including chips.  They'll be grilling Beer Brats, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Pork Chop Sandwiches, and also frying up French Fries and Fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds!  Please note: food truck items are cash only.

We'll have our craft beers & root beer on tap, and look forward to celebrating with you!
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:
  • Savoy Cabbage -  An absolutely beautiful head of Savoy Cabbage. Savoy is a wrinkled leaf heirloom variety that originated in Europe hundreds of years ago. Considered a specialty gourmet variety of cabbage, you can use it just like regular cabbage. We've rinsed the whole cabbage on the outside, but you may need to rinse again as you take the leaves apart for cooking.
  • Beets - This is the first harvest of beets this season. Beets are a root vegetable, and are super hardy for storage. If you're not feeling like cooking beets right now, just store in your refrigerator. They'll literally keep for weeks (or months). Beets are great boiled, or pickled, or our favorite way to eat  them - roasted! 
  • Australian Yellowleaf Lettuce - Our early spring varieties of lettuce have all succumbed to the hot temperatures. Now we begin to enter the summer crops, which means lettuce begins to exit. We can sometimes coax through a special summer variety of lettuce, which is what we've done here! This heirloom variety of lettuce originates in Australia, and can be grown in hot weather conditions, which is how we were able to get a bag of lettuce growing in our gardens, and into your hands this week!
  • Radishes - We were able to get a small new crop of radishes growing and into your shares. This variety is "Easter Egg", which is a medley of colors. You'll see pink, white, red, and purple radishes in your bag.
  • Sugar Snap Peas- Just a small amount this week. The hot weather we've had on & off is leading to a very short pea season. These are edible-pod peas, which means you simply remove the stem, pop the entire pea into your mouth, & enjoy!  Great raw with dip or salads, lightly sauteed, or roasted. 
  • Red Spring Onions - These onions are larger than green onions, but not as large as full sized.  We enjoy harvesting onions for you at this stage, because you can still enjoy the entire onion.... the greens at the top, and the small bulb onion at the bottom! Also sometimes referred to as "knob onions".
  • Zucchini - A bit more this week! You'll see at least 2 varieties in your bag. The lighter green is our favorite, it's a Middle Eastern variety of zucchini. You'll also see the traditional dark green zucchini.
  • Optional Extra Item: U-Pick Mulberries - We have over a dozen mulberry trees, and they're now ripe for picking, so long as the weather holds up!  CSA Members are permitted to pick as many as you'd like, just let us know and we can point you towards the mulberry trees. All of our fruits are a U-pick CSA member benefit.
  • Garlic Scapes - Garlic Scapes are a gourmet treat! These are the top of the garlic plant, and can be eaten just like garlic and onions. See our recipe database (link below).
  • Kale - Kale is one of the most nutritious leafy green vegetables.  See our recipe database for many kale recipes (link is listed at the bottom of this veggie list).
  • Dill - Fresh dill weed!  A little goes a long way. Great on sandwiches, salads, dips, etc.
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:   

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:  .  
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
  • Cove Restaurant at Apple Canyon Lake, 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
  • Woodbine Bend Golf Course, Stockton, IL 
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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: or 815-990-2380


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