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Meet Our Farmers

For our Farm Fresh “Farm to Table” Dinner on Saturday August 23, we have partnered with four local farms to produce one special dinner for everyone to enjoy. Those farms include Harry Hansen Meat Service, Hack Farms, River Valley Ranch, and Elsen Orchards. Learn more and check out photos from each farm below!

Harry Hansen Meat Service-Franksville, WI

Harry Hansen Meat Service was founded in the 1955 by Harry Hansen. Rick Kastenson worked for over 20 years with Harry, and also with the former owners: the Strueder family. Rick and his family purchased the business in 2009. This year, Hansen’s expanded-adding 1000 square feet and remodeling the freezer and retail area. Visit Harry Hansen Meat Service online at www.harryhansenmeatservice.com

Harry Hansen Meat Service Sign

Rick [Owner] During 2014 Expansion Construction

Harry Hansen Meat Service Remodeled Front

Newly Remodeled Cooler

 

Hack Farms-Union Grove, WI

Thomas “Ray” and Gail Hack own a 128 acre farm right here in Union Grove. Ray is a third generation farmer, running the business his grandfather started. Hack Farms specializes in a wide array of fresh, naturally grown vegetables. They also raise chickens and collect honey from the bees which help pollinate much of their produce. You can find both Ray and Gail selling their produce at many farmer’s markets-including the Union Grove Farmer’s Market at the Village Square on Tuesday afternoons. Along with their three children, you will often find their 4 year old granddaughter, Malaya helping at the farm and many farmer’s markets.

Ray and Gail Hack – Third Generation Farmers

Gail, at the Union Grove Farmer’s Market, helping us decide which produce will be best for our Farm to Table Dinner on Saturday August 23rd

Hack Farms produce on display at the Union Grove Farmer’s Market

Hack Farms plums on display at the Union Grove Farmer’s Market

Hack Farms Sweet Corn

Fresh picked sweet corn ready for purchase and the grill at the Union Grove Farmer’s Market.

Our fresh picked produce from Hack Farms – picked up Friday afternoon, ready for your plate Saturday evening!

Tomatoes and Onions Hack Farm 2014

Lucky for us, and for you, we received the first harvest of onions from Hack Farms!

Zuc Hack Farm 2014 Red and Green Peppers Hack Farm 2014

 

River Valley Ranch-Burlington, WI

“Down on our Wisconsin farm, we are serious about having a good time. And for us, a good time means great food. Food brings people together in a way that nothing else can. For family and friends, in the kitchen, at the table or by the grill, a tasty bite can really get things going.”-River Valley Ranch

In 1976 Bill Rose and his son Eric founded the River Valley Ranch mushroom farm. In 1997, Eric established a commercial kitchen, and began producing sauces, dips, salsas and pickled vegetables. Currently, River Valley Ranch is growing five mushroom varieties year round, including: Portabella, Crimini (aka Baby Bella), White Button, Shiitake and Oyster. Read more about their story and how they grow mushrooms at www.rivervalleykitchens.com. River Valley Ranch sells their mushrooms, produce, and canned goods at their retail location in Burlington as well as many farmer’s markets in South East Wisconsin and North East Illinois.

Got Shrooms?

One of our favorite photos from their website!

River Valley Employees

River Valley Ranch Employees with an Oyster Mushroom at the Downtown Evanston Farmers Market

River Valley Canned Goods

If you want to eat fresh, locally grown sauces and produce – you need to try these! [Photo Courtesy of http://rivervalleykitchens.com/}

River Valley Granola

And they make their own granola! [Photo Courtesy of http://rivervalleykitchens.com/]

River Valley Market Mushrooms

Mushrooms [Photo Courtesy of http://rivervalleykitchens.com/]

River Valley Market

Farmers Market Set Up [Photo Courtesy of http://rivervalleykitchens.com/]

Elsen Orchard-Burlington, WI

Only a few apples are in season right now, and lucky for us-Elsen Orchard is picking them! Find them at many local farmers markets, including the Union Grove Farmers Market.

Elsen Orchard

Elsen Orchard at the Union Grove Farmers Market