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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Food Truck this Sunday! New IPA, Brew & Brush Paint Class, more Brew & Farm News!

Stop out this Sunday for the Food Truck! They'll have the grill & fryer running for grilled Beer Brats, Burgers, Pork Chops, fried French Fries, and fried Wisconsin Cheese Curds! Details below.

We'll be hosting 2 new "Brew & Brush" dates with artist Mia!  These painting classes tend to sell out quickly, so we advise purchasing your tickets soon. Details below!

We have a brand-new IPA!  "Chupacabra" is a golden IPA made with Enigma & Warrior varieties of hops!  

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:
  • Chupacabra - new IPA
  • Overcast - German-style Hefeweizen
  • Unicorn Tears -  copper colored, malty ale
  • Alton - mild brown ale
  • Honey Wheat - mild & easy drinking!
  • The Emperor -  Russian Imperial Stout, 13.5% ABV
  • 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 15  (Sunday) - Grill Out with a Food Truck from 12-5 pm!  Most meat items are $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. 
  • August 12 (Sunday) - Food Truck Grill Out
  • August 18 & 19 - Brew & Brush with artist Mia!  Mia will be leading this class in creating a Summer Scene painting. Snacks & a drink are included. 

Brew & Brush - create this painting! Snacks & drink included.

Join us for "Brew & Brush" on Saturday, August 18 from 11:00-1:00 or Sunday, August 19, from 12:00-2:00 pm. Ages 21+. In this class, you'll create this summer scene painting under the instruction of our friend, local artist Mia Rudolph!

Welcome all levels of painting abilities! In this class, you will create a 16" x 20" painting with acrylic on canvas! Mia will guide you through the process of painting this subject, pictured here, of a beautiful summer scene. This painting is easier to make than it looks! Mia will be instructing the class step-by-step and using stencils as well. Included in the cost of your class: the canvas, paint, supplies, snacks,1 drink token (1 pint glass of our homemade craft beers or a homemade root beer), and door prize by artist Mia are all provided in the cost of your class!  $39 per person.

About the artist instructing your class: Mia Rudolph is a local artist who works in acrylics, color pencil, and other mediums. She is a full-time school nurse and has 3 children. Mia attended WIU and studied studio art. It is Mia's colorful artwork that we have on display in our taproom here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!

Pre-registration for this class is required. You can sign-up and pay here through our online store, or in-person at our taproom during open hours. Registration deadline is the Friday prior to the painting dates. Ages 21+

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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:
  • Yellow Beans- A nice sized bag of beautiful colored yellow beans. Enjoy just like regular green beans. We think yellow beans have a milder flavor than green beans, and the color is great!
  • Basil- The first fresh basil of the season! Great for making pesto, livening up a pizza, or just enjoying sprinkled on top of your Italian foods!
  • Asian Cucumbers - The first Asian cucumbers of the season! Asian cucumbers are longer than a regular cucumber, similar to the "English" or "burpless" type of long cucumbers you see wrapped in plastic in grocery stores. Our favorite type of cucumber!
  • Cucumbers - You'll see a few nice cucumbers in each of your shares. If things continue like they have been, it looks like we might experience a huge bumper crop of cucumbers this year! We haven't seen cucumbers grow this well in at least the past 3 years, so with luck we can look forward to a lot of them this season!
  • Green Beans- Enjoy them boiled, roasted, however you prefer!  A nice sized bag in your share to enjoy.  
  • Broccoli - A nice sized bag for each of you to enjoy - raw, roasted, steamed, however you enjoy your broccoli!
  • Green Pepper - Sweet green bell peppers. You'll see just one in your share, as the harvest always starts small, but it will increase in amount as we head further into the season!
  • Savoy Cabbage -  Last of the cabbage until fall. 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.
  • Australian Yellowleaf Lettuce -  This heirloom variety of lettuce originates in Australia!  This lettuce tolerates hot weather better than most, which is why we're able to provide lettuce in your shares this time of year!
  • Zucchini & Summer Squash - You'll see 3 varieties in your bag, and each bag contains several zucchini.  Regular green zucchini, light green Middle Eastern zucchini, and yellow patty pan summer squash. Use all varieties just like you would cook regular zucchini.
  • Garlic Scapes - The last garlic scapes of the season. 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).
  • Optional Bonus Item: - U-Pick black raspberries. Our farm's fruit crops are available for all CSA members as bonus u-pick items. CSA Members, you may pick as many as you like. Just mention to us that you'd like to pick black raspberries while you're here picking up your vegetable share, and we'll point you in the right direction of their location!
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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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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