2016 season off to great start
The first month of our 2016 Market is just about in the books and we are happy to announce that the redesigned Market space is thriving! We also welcomed two new vendors L & L Pasture Farms and Oil Factory of Door County!
The strawberries from Red Grouse Farms are huge and sweet and will probably be finished the weekend of July 9 which will be just in time for the first tomatoes from Cold Climate Farms to hit.
L & L is serving up some incredible chicken and duck and taking orders for fall pork. (We grilled some up last weekend and can witness for the quality of their product!)
Raspberries are starting to ripen and They's Orchards brought in their sweet cherries last week.
Our REN Grill continues to be a popular stop and the organic pork brats and beef burgers from Otto's Meats is getting rave reviews!
Life is full of changes and the KewCo Farmers Market is no exception. You may have read that our super gracious hosts, Susan Connor and Robyn Mulhaney, owners of the Flying Pig have decided to get started on their "five year retirement plan" and have put the business on the market. But fear not, avid local foodies, the Vendors of our "Market with a Mission" will still be serving up farm fresh produce, eggs, canned and baked goods throughout the 2016 season while we look for a new location for next year.
Our family farmers need your support now more then ever, so please drop by, have a cup of the Flying Pig's fabulous specialty coffees, a grass fed burger or brat while you help sustain small farms and rural businesses!
Special Dates 2016
May 15 - Sneak Peak Week
June 12 - Opening Weekend with a Market Breakfast and Antique Tractor Show
Sept 11 - Opening Kickoff Tailgate Party
Oct 10 - Booyah Cookoff
We are excited to announce that we've selected Ben Blohoweak and Sarah McCarty of Cold Climate Farm as the recipients of our 'Send a Farmer To MOSES Organic Farming Conference Scholarship'!
Although the scholarship was originally planned to send 'A' Farmer, the panel was so impressed by what Ben and Sarah have accomplished and their future plans we decided to send BOTH to MOSES.
Cold Climate Farms is a 29 acre farm focusing on crop diversification. Besides implementing soil building techniques, the couple has also planted hundreds of site appropriate trees and shrubs for wildlife food and habitat for predatory and pollinating insects.
Shropshire sheep, poultry and steers are part of the future plans. These plans also include a robust sustainability program both economical and ecological.
In response to the question as to the future of local foods, the farmers responded "continued public discourse is of utmost importance. We need to change the debate from "why do we need to eat organic (or) local" to "why are we supporting chemical based agriculture to the detriment of our economies, ecologists, and communities?"
In their application Ben and Sarah referenced their experience at SLOW Food @ University of Wisconsin and the FH King Students for Sustainability organization. They have experience not only raising, but cooking high quality, locally raised food which makes on farm destination food service a future possibility.
Here is Ben's response to being notified of the award: "We are honored to be representing Door and Kewaunee Counties in LaCrosse this February!"
Currently Cold Climate Farm sells at the Kewaunee County Farmers Market and New Leaf Winter Market. They also sell to local area restaurants and private chefs.
The Rural Enterprise Network (REN) has announced the creation of a scholarship to cover the costs to send a local Kewaunee County producer to the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Educational Services (MOSES) Annual Organic Farming Conference.
MOSES is the preeminent learning opportunity for producers in the sustainable agriculture category. Their Annual Conference is packed with opportunities to meet and learn from leaders in this field. Given the challenges small farmers are facing, we are more than thrilled to make this available to a deserving local producer.
The conference runs from February 25 through the 27 in La Crosse. In its 27th year, it combines more than 60 educational workshops with a trade show of more than 150 vendors. The conference draws more than 3,500 attendees.
The scholarship process requires a written application. Finalists will interview in person with the selection team.
Some of the criteria we are looking for would be a producer who is committed to sustainable practices, has a viable plan for the future and sees the growth potential within our community. In addition, the person we select must have the ability to take what she/he learns and share it with others.
The application can be downloaded below.
October 26, 2015
Yesterday was our last Market day and wow, what a season we had!
From a visit by Russ Feinfold to perfect weather conditions for our Market and producers, we are encouraged that we are on the right track! Over 4,500 customers vistited us this year and our planning has already started for next year.
Thanks again to everyone who came out to support our local producers. Your support is so important and made the just announced "Send a Farmer to MOSES" scholarship possible.
August 10, 2015
Woosh, it's been a "wild and crazy" season so far. With a few nice rain events and the hot weather, the farms have started to produce like crazy and everyone is running low on sleep and energy but the Market is bursting with produce and products of all kinds.
The value added producers have been up to their ears in pickling. Cucs, beans and beets were in the canners this week and will be at Market Sunday.
The tomatoes have just started to rippen in the western townships but those along the Lakeshore are still struggling. Corn should be making it's apperance this weekend as well.
Our music program is picking up steam with local favorites, Mike and Katrina, shareing their considerable gifts with us this week.
It's Shanty Days in Algoma this weekend - so come on out for the Market and stay for the great Arts and Crafts fair and entertainment in town.
July 1, 2015
Three weeks into the early season Market and the crowds coming to Market are validating that local foods direct from the producers are important to them.
Strawberries along the lakeshore are FINALLY coming in ever so slooooooowly and Red Grouse Farms is hoping that the hotter weather forecast for late in the week will finish the abundant fruit on their vines in time to bring to Market.
Farmers are bringing in some fabulously unique radishes that will knock your socks off and the variety of greens and lettuces from Romaine to Mizuna and everything in between is outstanding. Couple that with the fresh frozen artisan pasta from Clario Farms and a loaf of bread from Crusty Uprising and life is truly good!
And while hot temps are predicted for the 4th and Sunday, don't forget that the Kewaunee County Farmers Market is located in Algoma so our Market is "naturally cool"
Hope to see you there!
JUNE 14, 2015
TODAY IS THE START OF OUR SECOND SEASON!!!!!
We are having typical Lakeshore weather this morning (fog) but it's bright under those banks of cloud and the weather person says it's clearing just as we open at 10!
We are poised for another spectacular year supporting local producers and advocating for small family farmers.
Stay tuned for updates through the season, but the best way to experience the Kewaunee County Farmers Market is to BE HERE!
Help us. Help Family Farmers!
May 11, 2015
RAIN! Hallelujah! Just what we needed. And just what YOU need is bedding plants for your garden...
Stop in for our "Sneak Peek Week" this Sunday May 17 to get some fabulous plants. From Organic tomatoes bred specifically for our Lake Shore ecosystem to hard to find Asparagus plants, you will want to check this out.
We'll also have Elvera's canned goods, Organic eggs, Crusty Uprising's breads and baked goods and the Grass Fed Grill will be open!
Oh - and the Dramm Corporation (a Local Business) will have consumer size "Dram-atic K" organic fertilizer available for purchase at the NANO Market in the REN booth.
Looking forward to seeing you all!
April 22, 2015
The snow flakes flying on this Earth Day are not deterring our producers from preparation for our Sneak Peek Week (May 17). We are looking forward to making some of the same plants we will be providing the harvest from later in the season, to our customers for use in their own garden.
In addition, our own Master Composter, Sandy Winnemueller, will be demonstrating the many ways to add organic matter back into your gardens.
Also, rain barrels from Groundwater Guardians will be on display for you to order.
Finally, we are still taking applications for new vendors this year. If you or someone you know, is interested, please share this site with them. The application and details about the Market can be found on the Vendor Info tab.
January 8, 2015
Happy New Year to all! Siting here watching a half foot of snow coming down does not conjure up thoughts of seeds and compost and harvests, however, it does mean planning is underway for the Market's second year!
Stay tuned for more information.
Vendors - check out 2015 details on Vendor tab
Phew, what a season! We started slow and ended with a bang. Thanks to all of our loyal customers who made our first season truly a raging success! We've already stared planning for next year. We hope to see you there and again THANK YOU for supporting Kewaunee County's local farmers and producers.......
Well it finally looks like the produce is in full swing! Tomatoes are now abundant and some very interesting peppers are making there way to Market. Apple crops along with other fall fruits are making their appearance as well. Can pumpkins be too far off?
The Market is becoming the place to be on Sundays. Start off with coffee and one of the flavors of locally made biscotti or scones, listen to some music at the Market Jam, do your shopping for the week and then lunch at The REN Grill on grass fed burgers and brats.
With this week's rain it looks like our produce is finally (read FINALLY) starting to come in. Tomatoes are still slow to ripen but are starting to make their way to market. Cucs and zucs, chards, garlic, new potatoes and onions are abundant.
Last weekend we unveiled our new KewCo Market Grill serving grass fed, organic, burgers and brats featuring fresh made buns from Crusty Uprising. We started serving at 11 and sold out! We plan to serve from 11am - 1pm weekly.
This week we will have our first Market Jam - where a group of area musicians will be sharing their talents with us.
We are also expecting a new vendor this week as Clario Farms, a CSA from rural Algoma will make an appearance!
Looking forward to seeing you at our little Market with a Purpose - keeping small farmers on their farms and rural business thriving.
Well it finally looks like the growing season is in full swing and with it goes the Market. Look for an ever-increasing spectrum of produce this week from Lotto's and Sleepy Hollow farms along with Elvera's jams, jellies, dried beans & free range eggs, Door Peninsula Raw Honey and Crusty Uprising baked goods. Our friends from Trust Local Foods (and their refrigerated truck) will be on hand with great samples of true farm to market products.
The Nano Market continues to be a big hit among both the buyers (partly due to variety) and to the growers (due to awesome sales). Remember to visit them in the the Rural Enterprise Network's tent!
This week is Shanty Days in Algoma so make sure to check out the fun there as well as at the Market. The weather people tell us hot and muggy inland on Sunday, but with a breeze off the Lake being forecast it will be a beautiful day lakeside!
Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!
Weekend number two was just as exciting as the first! We are happy to announce that we now have the area's first "Nano" Market. This is one stall, staffed by REN volunteers, that sells produce from a variety of local growers who don't have enough to stock an entire table. We may have anything from a few bags of raspberries or lettuce to bushels of tomatoes; it all depends on what overstock the growers have each week! 90% of the proceeds go to the grower with 10% going to REN for their ongoing mission fostering sustainable rural businesses.
We are also happy (thrilled actually) to announce the addition of Bubba J BBQ at the Market. A relative newcomer to the County's food scene, Bubba J's is receiving rave reviews at it's new Birchwood location. They will now be serving their acclaimed pulled pork sandwich plate starting at 11am.
As the weather turns warmer (for one day at least) we are seeing our beans, peas, cauliflower and cucs starting to put out some decent yields - which means they will be starting to hit the Market.
Stay tuned for this week's bounty!
With our first weekend under our collective belts we are happy to report that the Market opening was a raving success! We look forward to the ever changing bounty that the producers will bring in this week.
Two new vendors have confirmed they will be joining us this coming week and we are looking at creating a series called Demo Days to demonstrate everything from cooking with the odd things that come out of our local gardens like garlic "scapes" and Kolrahbi, Composting 101, How to make Rain Barrels and other related topics. Check back for the dates of that special series.
If you haven't been to our "Market with a Purpose", we hope you will stop in and if you came last week - THANK YOU and welcome back!
The Kewaunee County Farmers Market is Located at The Flying Pig
N6975 State Hwy 42 Algoma, WI 54201