Lauren Rudersdorf is one half of Raleigh's Hillside Farm: a four-acre, certified organic CSA vegetable farm located outside Brodhead, Wisconsin. Lauren is an enthusiastic advocate of CSA farming and connecting people to their food. In her hours off the farm, she writes for Madison Magazine and Edible Madison, blogs at The Leek & The Carrot, and works as the Office Manager for Midwest Environmental Advocates.
Meet the Farmers
With Farm Fresh Goodness
Lauren Rudersdorf (and Kyle)
Raleigh's Hillside Farm, Brodhead
Dela Ends (and Tony Ends)
Innisfree Farmstay and Retreat / Scotch Hill Farm, Brodhead
Pioneers in organic farming for 25 years, Scotch Hill Farm raises certified organic vegetables, herbs and flowers for their CSA (community supported agriculture) on a family farm. Chickens, sheep. goats and pigs add to the farm's diversity. Goat milk soap and natural skin care products are made on the farm. Surplus veggies are canned for the CSA and winter market sales.
Peg Sheaffer (and Matt Sheaffer)
Sandhill Family Farms, Brodhead
As an organic farmer with nearly 20 years experience, Peg has raised everything from pigs to parsnips, tomatoes to turkeys, lambs to lettuce, and just about everything in between! Her beautiful 45-acre farm is composed of vegetable fields, animal pastures, a small oak savanna and a hilltop prairie boasting many native plant species.
Brodhead Area Farms:
Jen Riemer (and Bryce Riemer)
Riemer Family Farm, Brodhead
Riemer Family Farm is a regenerative and diverse livestock farm that raises delectable, pastured, farm fresh meat and eggs directly from the farm. They care for 280 acres of diverse perennial pasture and hay crops teaming with wildlife: birds, butterflies, small mammals and insects. Jen and Bryce farm with their three young daughters, Bryce's parents and a couple wonderful employees. On their pastures you will find: cattle, sheep, chickens, turkeys, hens, pigs and a couple Livestock Guard Dogs. During the growing season they tend a modest garden and usually have kittens sleeping on the porch of their historic farm house.
Lisa Kivirist (and John Ivanko)
Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast and Farm, Browntown
Completely powered by the sun, the award-winning Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B is one of the "top 10 Eco-destinations in North America." Owners are co-authors of Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance & Homemade for Sale. Lisa Kivirist is author of Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers. Their fresh produce, books and value-added products (pickles, garlic, sauerkraut) – produced under Wisconsin’s cottage food law -- are available for sale.
Monroe Area Farms:
A family farm with three generations playing in the dirt and raising healthy and wholesome vegetables, fruits, and chickens for eggs. We are also working to diversify our livestock on the farm with grazing Scottish Highland cattle. After 12 years traveling the world, Katy and her husband Mark returned to the farm next to the one she grew up on. "I have a something in me, probably genetic, that just makes me want to grow plants and raise them so my family and friends can eat fresh and healthy produce.“ This farm is a certified-organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation.
Wegmueller Farm and Bo & Olly's Produce, Monroe
The Wegmueller Farm is a fourth-generation registered Brown Swiss dairy farm just outside of Monroe. While Dan manages the herd of beautiful bovines, Ashley tends to the adorable calves and runs Bo & Olly’s Produce, named after her donkeys Bojangles and Oliver. They also run a farmstay right on the farm. While the donkeys are busy keeping watch over the gardens (keeping critters at bay and taste-testing, of course), Ashley can be found providing fresh local vegetables, herbs, and fruit to area farmers’ markets and restaurants. Off the farm, she enjoys performing and teaching music, scuba diving and traveling with her husband.
Kriss Marion (and Shannon)
Circle M Market Farm BnB, Blanchardville
Kriss Marion is a certified organic vegetable farmer, shepherdess, innkeeper, teacher, chef and all-around farm-to-fork enthusiast. She owns and runs Circle M Market Farm, a field-to-table bed and breakfast, which is located in Lafayette County just 45 minutes southwest of Madison. The farm is home to hogs, steers, chickens, goats, ducks, cats, dogs and Jacob and Merino sheep which provide wool for sale and fiber art classes. Kriss is a transplant to country life, having moved from Chicago over ten years ago. In her adopted village of Blanchardville, population 825, that makes her brand new in town. She says her neighbors haven't always understood what she was up to on her little funny farm, and watched with amusement at first, but gave advice so generously that the transition from city life to farming has been all joy.
April Prusia (and Steve Fabos)
Dorothy's Range LLC, Blanchardville
Dorothy’s Range LLC offers heritage pork, feeders and breeding stock as well as a farm experience. The farm includes 50 acres with four buildings, a trout stream, wildlife pond, tall grass prairie, upland short grass prairie, burr oak savannah, sedge meadow, a pig pasture and large gardens.
Blanchardville Area Farms:
LeAnn Powers & Lori Stern
Lucky Dog Farm, New Glarus
Lucky Dog Farm is both a working farm and bed and breakfast. The farm raises goats, pigs and chickens for meat, selling directly to consumers as well as small scale wholesale. All the animals are on pasture, fed organic grain, and raised using sustainable and humane practices. The couple also operates Cow & Quince Cafe and Market in New Glarus.
New Glarus Area Farms:
Bluffwood Landing, Monticello
LindaDee has worn many hats in 70+ years: UW grad, Peace Corps, Broom Street Theater, Linda’s Lakeside Market, Sunporch Cafe & Art Gallery, Dane Co. Business Woman of the Year, Treaty Rights, Witness for Non-violence, B&B innkeeper, teacher, master gardener, town treasurer, political activist and now farmer for 25 years. She brings all that to her classes at Bluffwood, a 15-acre organic sheep/wool farm. When not tending sheep, spinning wool, or teaching, LindaDee bounces around her riotous gardens belting out original songs. Sheep mow lawn, soil flourishes, diversity reigns, hobbits lurk & miracles happen. One of those miracles will be YOU participating in a Workshop.
Anna Landmark (and Anna Thomas Bates)
Landmark Creamery, Belleville
Landmark Creamery is run by two Anna’s–Anna Landmark and Anna Thomas Bates. Over homemade Old-Fashioned’s, we plotted a partnership dreaming of creamy sheep milk and buttery pasture-grazed cow milk, carefully handcrafted into beautiful, delicious cheese.
Bethany Storm (and Tim Edmond)
The Little Red Homestead, Blanchardville
The Little Red Homestead is a five acre property nestled in a rural neighborhood 45 minutes outside of Madison. In 2014, Bethany Storm and her family traded their suburban Chicago lot for their self-designed modern farmstead. Perennial food crops are found mixed in beds with native plants and flowering heirlooms. A fruit island mimics a natural forest with an herbaceous layer of mints, strawberries and lavender beneath the fruiting shrubs and trees. Their chickens, sheep, goats and pigs serve many purposes. Some are great at pest control, some are good waste processors, many provide a food source, and all are good for the soul and for the soil.
Bethanee Wright (and Travis)
Winterfell Acres, Brooklyn
Bethanee Wright is an organic farmer, new mother, lover of the Earth, devourer of books and functional fitness fanatic. She owns the certified-organic Winterfell Acres CSA on 43 acres in Brooklyn with her husband, Travis and daughter, Tillee. Beth grows over 200 different varieties of organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs on an intense 1 acre farm marketed through her CSA and to local restaurants. She also manages their burgeoning young orchard of mixed organic perennial fruits and nuts. Beth started Winterfell Acres in 2013 with the vision of giving her CSA members the opportunity to develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food, the land that sustains them and the food that brings their family and friends together.
Albany Area Farms:
Erica Roth (and Scott)
Ewetopia Farm, Albany
Ewetopia Farm is a beginning homestead. What was once rows of corn and beans is now 7 acres of pasture, gardens, new trees and home to a variety of animals including sheep, chickens, bees and pigs.
Betty Anderson (and Dane)
The Old Smith Place, Brodhead
Betty Anderson and her husband Dane are the current stewards at The Old Smith Place outside Brodhead. Their 40 acres is home to one Jersey house cow and her off-spring as well as goats, chickens, ducks, guinea fowl and several fuzzy felines. Betty is a Navy veteran and relatively new to farm life but has been gardening and putting up her produce since she was a kid alongside mom and dad. She also hold down an off farm job in the housing industry whose focus is providing education in financial literacy & promoting home-ownership as a vehicle to stabilizing some of Beloit's tougher neighborhoods.
Brandi Bonde (and Christopher)
Harmony Farm, New Glarus
Nestled in the valleys of beautiful New Glarus, Harmony Farm is a small woman-owned and operated farm passionate about sustainable agriculture, responsibly raised food, and the joy and health of our animals and the earth. The farm offers wetlands, restored trout stream, prairie, and a meditation labyrinth. We raise pastured meat goats and poultry, and our motto has always been "Respect and care, from pasture to plate.”
Grassroots Farm, LLC is a certified organic 40 acre pasture, vegetable, and big ideas farm north of Monroe, Wisconsin. Grassroots Farm is owned and operated by Farmer Lindsey (who goes by FL) and her mother Gail. They established their business in 2008, developing a highly diversified, small scale direct to consumer vegetable, fruit, fresh egg, poultry and meat farm. Grassroots Farm distributed certified organic vegetables to their local communities and also to Madison and Chicago markets for 8 seasons before FL decided to take a break from the grind in 2017. They are now coming back to the hollow, with an entirely fresh perspective and a drive to re-start as a social business that integrates their farm and healthy products affordably and exclusively into the community in which they are located.
Michelle Harrigan, along with her husband Dan and her two children, started Food Web Farms in 2014. A small family farm committed to finding how we can best care for the land and provide fresh, homegrown, and well cared for meat and produce for our friends and neighbors. Michelle also holds farm themed programs for young children and their families to help inspire the next generation.
Roberta Barham (and Kim)
Barham Gardens, Blanchardville
After raising commercial cut flowers for 10 years, Barham Gardens transitioned to growing Certified Organic Aronia Berries and their orchard now includes over 1,000 plants. Aronia is a native Midwest superfruit with the highest antioxidant of any fruit or vegetable and is the basis of a liqueur they sell. A leading aronia advocate, Roberta served as president of the Midwest Aronia Association. She also weaves handwoven rugs and crafts felted accessories in her loom studio. The Barhams are working on grassland bird habitat development and restoring native Oak Savanna using goats to control undergrowth and recently completed construction of their cordwood masonry home.
Marci Hess (and Jim)
Driftless Prairies, Blanchardville
Driftless Prairies, a 30-year dream, provides a native haven for wildlife. We do this with a simple management plan – nurture and increase native plants, trees, and bushes while decreasing the non-native, invasive plants. Our 60 acres supports over 200 plant species and over 30 natives trees and bush species. Why is this important? As the non-native vegetation replaces the natives, insect diversity dwindles. Insects are the protein source necessary for baby birds, reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals to survive. Marci studies and documents the wildlife (including insects) and plants. Her work also embraces science research and writing that explains the balancing act of ecosystem restoration and its many interconnected parts.