Who’s Your Farmer?

It’s spring, almost summer, and that means that farm markets are coming back in area communities. From rhubarb, asparagus and microgreens, to farm-fresh eggs, pasture-raised meats, and maple syrup, to seedlings for your garden and all manner of baked goods, there’s plenty of goodness to be had. Markets within 20 miles of Amherst include:

Iola Farmers’ Market

May-October, Thursdays, in Iola

Contact: 715-340-2136, information@iolaoldcarshow.com

Stevens Point Farmers’ Market

June-October, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to sell out

Location: The Downtown Square, Stevens Point

Contact: 715-321-0229, lonelyoakfarmers@gmail.com

Waupaca Farmers’ Market

May-October, Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Intersection of Fulton and Main Street, Waupaca

Contact: 715-467-7238, farmmarket@cityofwaupaca.org

Additionally, There are dozens of small farms in the area creating wonderful food that don’t necessarily sell at farmers’ markets. Each month we’ll feature a few here. Buying locally grown food keeps your dollar in the community, supports small farms, and ensures some pretty good eating!

Featured Farms of the Month:

These farms all offer Customer Supported Agriculture (or CSA) subscriptions, that offer — for a set price — an equal share in the bounty of the farm. It’s an easy and equitable way to eat fresh, delicious, locally grown food all season long. Many offer extra options, such as an egg share, a baked goods share, etc.

Gravel Road Farm

Brigid & Ross Ferkett

N547 Gravel Rd

Waupaca, WI 54981

(715) 281-0812 brigid@gravelroadfarm.com gravelroadfarm.com

Gravel Road Farm raises vegetables, herbs, fruit, eggs, lamb, cut flowers, and fiber for our CSA, farmers market, and wholesale orders. It participates in the Waupaca Farm Market in downtown Waupaca on Saturdays May - October. Gravel Road Farm is located about four miles south of the Waupaca Fleet Farm. Visitors are welcome, but please call ahead.

Whitefeather Organics Llc

Tony & Laura Whitefeather

2239 Sky View Rd

Custer, WI 54423

(715) 252-2051 whitefeatherorganics@gmail.com whitefeatherorganics.farm

Whitefeather offers certified organic vegetables, mushrooms, and some fruit. Offering CSA shares in spring, summer, and fall, April- December. Delivering to the greater Central Wisconsin area. Also raising pastured, organic fed chickens, pigs, and eggs. Wholesale is welcomed.

 Information included in Who’s Your Farmer is gathered from the Farm Fresh Atlas of Central Wisonsin, which is published by Central Rivers Farmshed (farmshed.org), based in Stevens Point. Central Rivers Farmshed’s mission is to grow a resilient local food community.

Liberation Farmers

John Sheffy & Holly Petrillo

8762 3rd St

Almond, WI 54909

(715) 366-2656 liberationfarmers@gmail.com liberationfarmers.blogspot.com

Liberation Farmers grows pasture-raised, organically fed, heritage breed animals. It  offers a monthly meat CSA of chicken, pork, rabbit and goat, and weekly egg CSA. Liberation welcomes visitors and sells products on farm, and at Stevens Point Farmers’ Markets. It also roasts and offers shares of direct trade coffee, Liberation Coffee.

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