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Know Your Farmer, Love Your Food!
Your Place to Connect with the Best of Local Foods
A founding part of our vision for Farmstead Creamery & Cafe was to create a space on the farm that was an interface between the working parts of the homestead and the public. We needed to protect the biosecurity and sanctity of the growing spaces and the need for respectful space and tranquility for the animals, while creating a welcoming and educational landing place for our friends of the farm. Transformed from a quiet, small hayfield on our property into a sanctuary for hummingbirds, butterflies, and foodies, Farmstead is one of those magical places that can only exist at the end of a country gravel road.
Our vision for the space also included being a local foods hub. Folks could literally spend all week driving around to find all the hidden gems of small-scale, sustainably minded growers and producers of the region–traveling over here for milk and eggs and over there for blueberries and yet over yonder for apples and honey. With over 20 years of farming experience in the region, we’ve come to know the who’s who of the growers community, with an understanding of which practices honor and regenerate the local ecosystems and which fall short. What if we could bring these all together in our own shop, so that once you made Farmstead your destination, you knew it was all good choices? Well, that’s what we did, and we continue to hone and add to our litany of delicious foods and products available through Farmstead. As one friend aptly stated, “I think I just arrived in food heaven!”
Our bakery has utilized 100% ancient grains since 2014, we are sensitive to dietary and food allergy needs, and one of our owners is an experienced family physician. Your health and wellness is our top priority, serving as the filter through which every food choice is measured–whether for our own farm’s practices or the producers we vet and carry. At Farmstead, it’s all about simple foods done well, with fresh, whole, clean ingredients. We really do live our mantra: Know Your Farmer, Love Your Food!
Inspire, Empower, Renew
Farmstead is about community and feeding the whole person–not just through the highest quality of local foods but also the elements of creativity and community. This has manifested over the years as a local artists gallery, outdoor summer concerts, open mic gatherings, Celtic music sessions, writer’s circles, Artist’s Way courses, fiber arts classes and retreats, cooking classes, and many more. In the face of the pandemic situation, we remain anticipatory and responsive with our offerings. This includes not gathering together in person at this time. We remain committed to our creative community and now have an online platform for bringing forward virtual farm tours and our Locally Grown Summer Music Series!
Staying Responsive in Changing Times
COVID-19 has brought many changes to everyday life, for you as well as Farmstead. We are not currently allowing the public into the building, instead relying on our new online store as the “shopping experience,” then bringing orders out to our friends of the farm for roadside pickup or along select delivery routes. We actively update and manage the online inventory every day. It is admittedly not the same experience as perusing our offerings over a steaming cup of full-immersion drip Fika coffee and a fresh muffin, but our commitment to protecting the health, safety, and wellness of our family and clients comes first. We are a lifeline to many of our immunocompromised and at-risk patrons, and we are keenly aware of the responsibilities (and necessary vigilance) that comes with being that rock in the storm.
Summer 2020 will look different from previous iterations, with pre-order pickup as the mainstay. Artisan Wood-Fired Pizzzas return on Saturdays starting Memorial Weekend, as well as Wood-Fired Dinners on Fridays and Sunday Breakfasts. All these will be available for pre-order on our e-store for pickup at Farmstead. Here is this year’s summer poster (also available as a paper copy), with highlights on how it works.
Embracing the New Normal
In order to move forward with vision and purpose through these trying times, we must be willing to admit that 2020 will not be like last summer. In the wake of this reality, all of us are offered an invitation to craft our thoughtful response to the new situation. What now needs more attention and rigor than before? What can fall away? These are all critical points for choices as we move forward together for fostering health and wellness. Know that our choices here at Farmstead are deeply informed by Ann’s medical background and expertise. This process will not always be easy or even accepted, but keeping our vision in the forefront, we at Farmstead remain committed to those tough choices for a healthy planet and all its inhabitants. Stay safe and healthy everyone! See you down on the farm sometime.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this transitional time. Know that we care and that our hearts are with you all.
For good cheer, here are some favorite photos from Summer 2019 at Farmstead
Where is Farmstead?
11077N Fullington Road, Hayward, WI USA
Ann, Laura, and Kara Berlage and Steve Barnes make up the multi-disciplinary crew that is Team Farmstead. Lear more about our stories and backgrounds!