The GrassWay Farm is a certified organic dairy farm located on a winding country road near New Holstein, WI. For over 20 years, this is where people have come to see happy animals, outside in their natural environment. Sunshine, fresh air, exercise and nutrient-dense soils are our basis for healthy, happy animals right here in Wisconsin. All of our animals graze and frolic on the certified organic pastures and eat all organic feeds. We believe in the importance of supporting our local meat processors, although they are not certified organic. Our beef, chicken, turkey, lamb and eggs are available in an on-farm store where we also sell various organic foodstuffs. Because of zoning issues, a small membership fee is required.
Stop in to chat for awhile and see how animals should be raised. There are baby lambs in the spring now too – although they can be grazing anywhere on our 240 acre farm! They’ll talk for hours about what they’ve experienced here, without the video games. We can’t wait to meet you and talk to you how an organic family farm operates, using permanent managed pastures and organic materials to create a healthy environment. This is the way farming needs to be.
Those who know me, know I am a huge fan of Cook’s Illustrated. I get the bi-monthly publications and have subscribed to both of their on-line services. I was scrolling though old publications (yes, that is my pastime), and I ran across the July/August 2011 editorial from Christopher Kimball. It really struck home with me, and I’d like to share some of his thoughts with you. I’m going to pick and choose his ideas to keep it short.
“Millions of words have been written about junk and processed foods, about the failings of the USDA, about school lunches, about our diets and our health, to little effect. But few have commented on the loss of experience, about the degrees of separation between our noses and the rich scent of life. Forgive the metaphor, but the smell of Charlie Bentley’s dairy barn in July has been stamped on my brain as if hit by a locomotive, and I wouldn’t give up that memory sesation for anything. If you are reading this editorial now and no strong odor membories come flooding back, go out and find a dairy barn this weekend, stick your head in, and take a long, deep whiff. It’ll do you good.
Unhappiness steps through the front door when we find our lives removed from the world, from the shock and pleasure of our five senses. That’s why we cook, to remind ourselves that we are alive, that we are connected to the food chain and to the ebb and flow of nature.
Living with zero degrees of separation entails risk – yes, that glass of raw milk might contain pathogens – but nothing worth doing is entirely risk free.
I just want to experience life as fully as I can before memories of life outside my window fade forever. And that’s something that even our kids will understand.”
May you live close to the land.
Our normal store hours are 9:00 to 5:00: Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday. We are closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Member Meeting: February 21st at 1:00 – New Holstein Public Library
Memorial Day (May 25th) – closed
July 4th – closed
Labor Day (September 7th) – closed
Thanksgiving (November 26th) – closed
Christmas Eve (December 24th) – closed at noon
Christmas Day (December 25th)
New Years Eve (December 31st) – closed at noon
New Years Day (January 1, 2015) – closed
2/3/15: Milk members – As of this time, there is still milk all day, every day that we are open, but shortage has begun (we have stopped milking some cows due to baby calves starting around March 20th). Please consider coming earlier in the day or call for availabilty.