The UW Department of Horticulture and the Marathon County UW-Extension office invite you to attend an interactive field day on organic vegetable variety trials and production. Kat Becker and Tony Schultz of Stoney Acres Farm CSA and Tenzin and Stacey Botsford of Red Door Family Farm CSA, will lead tours of the trials on their farms.
Dr. Julie Dawson, University of Wisconsin-Madison Horticulture Professor, will discuss the variety trials.
These trials are part of a collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, plant breeders, farmers and chefs to focus on developing vegetables that have fresh-market quality, flavor and agronomic performance on smaller-scale diversified farms.
The tour will take place on Thursday, Sept. 1, starting at 4 p.m. at Stoney Acres Farm CSA, 7002 Rangeline Rd., Athens. The tour will then travel to Red Door Family Farm CSA, 6961 Hwy. 97, Athens, at approximately at 5 p.m.
On Friday, Sept. 2, the UW Department of Horticulture will hold a vegetable taste testing and evaluation event at Stoney Acres Farm during their Pizza on the Farm night. After sampling, be sure to stay awhile to purchase and enjoy one of the pizzas made fresh with ingredients from Stoney Acres Farm.
Both of these events are free and RSVPs for the farm tours are not required but appreciated. For more information contact Dan Marzu, UW-Extension Agricultural Development Educator, at 715-261-1240 in Wausau or 715-539-1078 in Merrill.