Slow Food Field Days offer behind-the-scenes look at area farms
Slow Food Marathon County is hosting the first annual Field Days tour on Saturday, July 20. Fun, family friendly farm tours will give you a “behind-the-scenes” look at several local family-run farms on this first ever event of its kind.
The self-guided tour runs from 1-5 p.m. on July 20. Visit any of these area farms including Ninepatch Farm, Half Moon Hill Farm, Dancin’ Hill Farm, Stoney Acres Farm, GrasWerka Family Farm and Harmony Cheese. These farms are all located within an area of approximately 15 miles, all within Marathon County. Two of the farms you can visit include DanCin’ Hills Farm and Half Moon Hill Farm.
DanCin’ Hills Farm, located at 421 Highway F, west of Highway 107 is a working farm, onsite store and apple orchard. They subscribe to organic/chemical free production practices that sustain a healthy environment and produce a healthy product. Apple varieties include well known favorites such as Fireside, Red Fireside, Haralson, Wolf River and Haralred and some newer varieties that are not yet in production. Two guided tours will be provided of the orchard and farm at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. with more localized activities around the barn and store including feeding sheep, shopping for produce or other items in the store and checking out the chickens and the farm buildings. Some snacks, coffee and lemonade will be provided.
Sadie and Gerrid Franke are the owners/operators of Half Moon Hill Farm on 625 Cty Rd A Hamburg. Their small family farm pasture raises lamb, beef, and poultry using a Managed Rotational Grazing System to keep pastures lush and animals healthy. At Half Moon Hill expect a short (less than 15 minute) walking tour to visit with the sheep and cattle in the pasture as well as the new berry patch. They will also have some delicious lamb brats for the sampling.
Load up a car with your friends and family, choose the farms on the map you would like to visit and enjoy a day in the countryside! Farmers and their family will be on hand to lead tours and respond to questions. This is a great way to get to learn more about locally grown foods and the value in knowing “who your farmer is” when you sit down to the table to have a meal.
Don’t forget to bring a cooler so that you can take home farm fresh products for sale at select locations.
Complete your day at Stoney Acres in Athens with a family picnic or a purchased wood-fired pizza until 8 p.m. For more information please visit www.slowfoodwausau.wordpress.com or contact email@example.com
Slow Food Marathon County is an organization that promotes a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Slow Food Marathon County is one of five groups located throughout the state of Wisconsin.