We are Beth Kazmar, Steve Pincus and our two children Ari and Sophie. We raise 45 acres of organic vegetables near Evansville, WI. Steve began farming in 1975 and Beth joined the operation in 1999. We purchased our current farm in 2001. We chose this particular farm because it has sandy soil that warms quickly in spring and allows us to get an early start on the growing season. As a result, our CSA begins weeks earlier than others. It helps that we are in southern Wisconsin, about 15 miles from the Illinois border.
Our farm and crops are certified organic. That means that we are biological farmers, interested in understanding the biology of our 45 crops so we can grow them better. Crops are fertilized with cover crops, rotten leaves and composted manures. Pests and diseases are controlled through pro-active management and gentle natural materials.
Half of our farm’s sales are through our CSA. The remaining sales are to natural food stores in Madison, Milwaukee and Janesville. If you shop at any of our wholesale customers below, then you may already be familiar with our produce.
Willy Street Co-op in Madison
Willy Street Co-op-West in Middleton
Whole Foods Market in Madison
Basics Co-op in Janesville
All four Outpost Natural Foods co-ops in Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa
We are joined in our farming endeavor by many long-term employees. We rely on each one of them. Do you have a favorite vegetable? So do we. Think about our hardworking field crew when you enjoy one of their favorites. Here is our crew list, the year they started working for us, and their favorite crop from the farm.
Gage Badeau (2014), “Shucks, it’s sweet corn. I enjoy the harvest, maybe because we don’t have to bend down to pick it.”
Boi Casillas (2013), “Eggplant because it’s delicious and so beautiful. Japanese eggplant are especially divine.”
Tristan Cray (2014), “Pumpkins are the funniest because they invade everyone’s space. ‘Hey there! How are you doin’?’ as they grow out into surrounding crops.”
Kerry Devlin (2006),
Jon Fagan (2014), Muskmelon but maybe orange watermelon.
Brianna Fiene (2013),
Billy Frain (2013), “Carrots. They bring the whole crew together during weeding, despite the tedious, arduous nature of the work.”
Clint Freund (2009), “I’m tied between kale and sweet potatoes. If they were in a fight, sweet potatoes would win.”
David Hettenbach (2008), Watermelon. The fields are beautiful when the vines first cover the ground, and the leaves are waving in the wind.
Michael Loesch (2012),
Bee Lor (2013),
Michael Lor (2014),
Bonnie Murphy (2011), Red onions, because there’s nothing that red onions aren’t good in. She likes their layers and their purple color with so many shades of purple and gray.
Caitlyn Nicholson (2013),
Karen Nicholson (2013), Winter squash, because they signify the change of seasons. She appreciates the switch to cooking fall comfort foods that comes with winter squash.
Simone O’Donahue (1999), Simone loves peppers. She appreciates the variety of colors. A favorite job is re-potting the young plants in the warm, sunny greenhouse. She appreciates seasons when they are prolific, and has an affinity for this crop that grows well in hot summer weather.
Kyle Rudersdorf (2012),
Maggie Schley (1999?), Tipi carrots are a big part of Maggie’s life. They were pictured on her wedding invitation. She has lots of carrot jewelry. Everyone on the farm saves ‘lover carrots’ for Maggie; these are carrots that have grown together in a spiral. Maggie is always on the carrot harvest crew unless she is in labor.
Lee Fong Thao (2008),
Chia Vang (2012),
Pang Vang (2012),
Peter Wocjiechowski (many years), Leeks, because they are delicious and because he doesn’t have to harvest them, just appreciate them. (Peter always leaves the farm in fall).
Steve Pincus (1975), watermelons
Beth Kazmar (1999), Asparagus. Ask me in August and I’ll say red peppers.
Sophie (since birth), strawberries
Ari (since birth), watermelons, asparagus