The GrassWay dairy farm is on a winding country road near New Holstein, WI. T 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. The beef, chicken, turkey, lamb and eggs, along with other organic foods, are available in an on-farm store. Because of zoning issues, a small membership fee is required.
Stop in to chat for awhile, show the kids the new calves (in the spring they are in the paddock by the driveway) and free range chickens (visible from the road around the middle of June to the end of August). 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.
Our August 9th Pasture Walk was a great success. We had just over 60 people walking out to see the cows, chickens and turkeys. And I think everyone enjoyed the meatballs, salad and cookies made by our friend and store member, Kathy.
It’s the middle of August and the grazing season is slowing down a bit. At least there isn’t the frenzy of growth like in late May and early June. As we expected, the overabundance of rain in June was followed by a very small amount of rain in July. We seem to be checking the weather forecast at least 3 times a day hoping for rain. It does make life more interesting.
All of the animals are doing well. I had a terrible brooder time with my turkeys this year. I underestimated the cold on their first night in the brooder (it was June for petes sake). I have 2 heat lamps, but I should have also put a space heater out there that first night. The poor little polts got chilled and it was downhill for the next 4 weeks. I started with 125 and now have 69 out on pasture. Terrible. So needless to say, come get your Thanksgiving turkey early. First come, first served. I’m exited about the Freedom Rangers (meat chickens). Both batches are these hardier birds. The breast meat is smaller, but we think the thighs and drummies are bigger. I certainly know they use them more than the Cornish cross I used to raise.
Our normal store hours are 9:00 to 5:00: Monday, and Wednesday through Saturday. We are closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Memorial Day (May 26th) – closed
July 4th – closed
Labor Day (September 1st) – closed
Thanksgiving (November 27th) – closed
Christmas Eve (December 24th) – closed at noon
Christmas Day (December 25th)
For our milk members, the milk truck from Westby continues to pick up the extra milk in the evening (every other day). So this means that there is milk in the tank all day, every day that we are open. There is no need for a schedule at this time. I will let you know immediately if this changes.