Named 2016 Organic Farmers of the Year by MOSES!

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 East and North stores in Madison
Willy Street Co-op-West in Middleton
Basics Co-op in Janesville
All four Outpost Natural Foods co-ops in Milwaukee, Mequon and Wauwatosa
Good Harvest Market in Pewaukee.

We are joined in our farming endeavor by many long-term employees.  We rely on each 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 are our workers, the year they started working for us, and their favorite crop from the farm.

Smitty Bietila (2008 – 2013, returned in 2017)  Kale, the gift that keeps on giving all summer long.
Jory Carlin (2014)  Carrots because they are delicious.
Kerry Devlin (2006)  Kerry loves making green garlic pesto.  She also loves eggplant and is our go-to person for experimental eggplant recipes, e.g. Eggplant Preserved in Olive Oil.  Kerry’s favorite edible weed is field pennycress.
Jon Fagan (2013)  Crenshaw melons.  Jon loves crenshaw melons because they are delicate, ephemeral, sweet and delicious.  They are very difficult to grow in Wisconsin so we only get a few each year.
Billy Frain (2013)  Onions.  He likes the steps in harvesting onions; pull from the ground, leave to dry, pull off tops, gather to cure in the greenhouse.  Also … “Carrots.  They bring the whole crew together during weeding, despite the tedious, arduous nature of the work.”
Charlotte Hammond (2016)  “Watermelons because our watermelons are the best on the planet.  I can eat a whole watermelon every day during melon season.  If I ever have my own farm, it’s gonna be a watermelon farm.”  It’s also her favorite crop to harvest.  Charlotte is on Steve’s melon harvest crew because she’s very strong and can catch.  Out of season, Charlotte stays in shape with a ‘watermelon chair’ exercise routine, using a Roman chair at her gym (google it for photos).  She works with 20+ lb weights to mimic picking up and stacking melons.
Kristin Knoener (2008, returned in 2016)  Kristin likes cherry tomatoes, lettuce and watermelons.  “There’s nothing like watermelon at 3:00 pm on a hot day.”
Raul Cacique Montes (2017) 
Kelcie Morgan (2015)  Sweet corn.  “It’s a fast-paced straight-forward harvest, a race to the end of the row.  Then we get to eat it on the wagon on the way back to the buildings.”  Strawberries and peas are other favorites to eat but are not her favorites to harvest.  (Beth’s note; these low-to-the-ground crops are hard on everyone’s backs.)
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.  Disclaimer; Simone runs our pepper harvest crop.  It’s a natural match.
Maggie Schley (1999?)  Maggie loves cucumbers because she loves pickles and salt and fermentation.  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; carrots that have grown together in a spiral.  Maggie is always on the carrot harvest crew.
Matt Sheaffer (2017)  
Rebecca Stebbins (2015)  
Josh Stuewer (2017)  
Dana Teske (2015)  Sweet corn.  It’s her favorite to harvest and favorite to eat.
Roger Timpe (2016)  
Jim Walker (2016)  Rhubarb.  He likes the fact that you can make dessert from a vegetable with mildly poisonous leaves.  Also it reminds him of home because there was rhubarb growing at all the houses where he grew up.  
Michio Waterdu (2015)  Spinach because it’s so satisfying to harvest.  “Tip it over, cut the stems, bundle and you’re done.” 

Steve Pincus (1975)  Watermelons
Beth Kazmar (1999)  Asparagus.  Ask me in August and I’ll say red peppers.
Sophie (since birth)  “Sweet potatoes and strawberries because they taste so good.”
Ari (since birth)  Cucumbers.  “You can do lots of things with them. Eat them raw or make pickles or turn them into cucumber salad.”

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