Owned and operated by Brian and Carolyn Austin. They both grew up on farms, Brian on a hog and beef farm in northern Illinois and Carolyn on a dairy farm near Rising Sun Wisconsin. They both left the farm earlier in their lives and joined the rat race of the manufacturing world, living near Rockford, Illinois. All the while, their love of the farm life was calling. In 1997, Brian and Carolyn purchased the farm that has been in Carolyn’s family since 1853, and embarked on a long-term plan to raise their children and move to the farm. In 2009, they quit their hectic jobs and moved to their farm. “We now live the life of our dreams,” Brian says. The couple is the 6th generation to own and work this beautiful soil. “We are fortunate to be located in the heart of the Driftless Region, and we are dedicated to sustaining the natural beauty and richness of our land, continuing the loving care it has received for over 150 years.” At Austin’s Rush Creek Farm, says Carolyn, “we grow produce using natural methods. We offer a variety of vegetables and berries. We do not use chemical fertilizers or pesticides. We enrich our soil with natural organic matter. Our focus is on providing quality produce to local customers. We believe that a strong local economy is key to a healthy, fulfilling life.”
Harmony Valley Farm
Harmony Valley prides itself in growing the finest, high quality organic produce. Beyond that, our repertoire includes some very special and unique crops and varieties. We often find ourselves in the position of introducing a variety to our customers for the first time. Harmony Valley is a family owned, diversified farm with over 30 years of experience producing high quality, organic vegetables and berries. We are located in an isolated valley in southwestern Wisconsin. Our vegetables are grown and harvested with care and immediately cooled and kept refrigerated. All of our products are certified by the Midwest Organic Services Association. This is your assurance of high quality, nutritious, flavorful food produced in a system which does not compromise the farmers or the environment. Our crops encompass a wide variety of standard and specialty vegetables and berries. We are best known for our season long, high quality salad mix, sauté greens and spinach. We are dedicated to organic farming and believe strongly that it produces the highest quality, best tasting food while protecting the quality of our water and wildlife.
Kickapoo Beans & Greens
Hugh Harper and his wife have been cultivating asparagus since 2008. Their asparagus fields sit atop the rolling hills of the Kickapoo basin in Readstown, Wisconsin. “I love growing such a delicious, hearty vegetable.” says Hugh, “it’s a reward in and of itself.” Kickapoo Beans and Greens use no chemicals in their growing process, and believe in sustainable methods of production. Their asparagus patch has grown to 19,000 crowns over four years’ time. “And we’re not done yet!” says seventy year-old Hugh.