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Thursday, July 19, 2018

We're in the News; Burgers, Brats, and Brews; Brew & Brush Painting Day; + more Brew & Farm News!

Did you see us in the local news?  Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery was recently added to the "Illinois Made" campaign! Scroll down to read all about it.

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

We'll be celebrating summer with our "Burgers, Brats, and Beer", on Sunday, July 29 from 12-5!  The food truck will be here, and they'll be cooking up their delicious grilled hamburgers, beer bratwurst, fried cheese curds, and of course our Beer!

Farm CSA Members: Group A 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 29 (Sunday) - "Burgers, Brats, and Beer"  - Grill Out from 12-5 pm!  Most meat items are $5, and include Mrs. Mike's potato chips.  There will be food cooked to order: Grilled Hamburgers, Grilled Beer Bratwurst, Fried Cheese Curds, and more!  Please note: food truck items are cash only. 
  • August 12 (Sunday) - Food Truck Grill Out 12-5 pm
  • 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. 
We're in the News!

Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery was recently featured in the Journal Standard newspaper in Freeport, IL.  The article iscusses Wishful Acres recently being accepted into the "Illinois Made" campaign!  The Illinois Made campaign highlights Illinois businesses who create their own products within the state of Illinois, and especially those who use local, Illinois products.  (Every vegetable that goes to our farm members is grown right here on site, and we also use many of our own farm-grown items to make some of our special beers!).  To read the article on the Journal Standard web site, click here:  http://www.journalstandard.com/news/20180627/two-local-businesses-added-to-illinois-made-campaign

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+

Sign up in our web site's Online Store here:
 http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/online-store/Brew-%26-Brush-Create-this-painting-Snacks-%26-drink-included-August-18-or-19-2018-p95955698

Burgers, Brats, and Beer at the Brewery

July 29 (Sunday) - "Burgers, Brats, and Beer"  - Grill Out from 12-5 pm!  Most meat items are $5, and include Mrs. Mike's potato chips.  There will be food cooked to order: Grilled Hamburgers, Grilled Beer Bratwurst, Fried Cheese Curds, and more!  Please note: food truck items are cash only. 
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:
  • Beets- A nice bag of deep red beets! Cook by your favorite method: boiled, roasted, pickled, etc!
  • Patty Pan Summer Squash- A big bag of beautiful yellow Patty Pan Squash!  These are round in shape and can be used just like zucchini. Or, our favorite way to cook them: cut off the top/stem portion, then scoop out  the insides, and stuff them! Fill with cheese, meat, whatever you'd like, and then bake until tender. See our recipe database, link at the top of this list, for more ideas like this.
  • Hot Peppers- A few large chili peppers & some smaller jalapeno too. 
  • 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 - 2 of these in each of your shares. 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 - Bumper crop year for cucumbers!!! The peak of the harvest may be here for cukes.  Get ready for lots of cukes - you'll get 7 each in your share, plus Asian cukes as well.  Get ready to make some cucumbers salads, and maybe some refrigerator pickles!
  • Broccoli - The last of the broccoli. Just like the sugar snap peas, broccoli enjoy cool weather and this particular year was not stellar for our broccoli crop.
  • Green Pepper - Sweet bell peppers. You'll see just 2 in your share, green and a maybe a few purple as well!
  • 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 2 varieties in your bag, and each bag contains a few zucchini.  Regular green zucchini, light green Middle Eastern zucchini, or yellow crookneck summer squash. Use all varieties just like you would cook regular zucchini.
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: http://all-natural-mama.blogspot.com/2015/03/recipes-by-vegetable-type.html   

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: http://www.wishfulacresfarm.com/csa-program  .  
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:
wishfulacres@gmail.com or 815-990-2380

       
  

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