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.
Fall is starting to be felt around here. Our water line out by our laying hens was froze a couple of days ago when Wayne showed up in the morning to move them. Yes, it was parked in a low part of the field – - – - but still.
Half of the turkeys (about 30) were taken to the butcher shop last week and will be available today (the 22nd of Sept.). The other half will go in 2 weeks – on Oct. 2nd. After the terrible start with these birds, the balance look very nice. We’ve had no problems once they were old enough to go out on pasture. The saying with turkeys is: “you can hardly keep them alive the first 6 weeks, and hardly kill them after that”. It does seem true.
I am so thankful that we have the red Freedom Rangers for our meat chickens this year. They made it through the cold rain without a hitch (although they are eating about 15% more feed). If we would have had the Cornish Cross, I know we would have had some dead birds. They have been bred to not have as many feathers, so the poor white birds just can’t stay warm. Of course the weather this year has been something else. Frankly, I like it not so hot. It is a lot nicer doing all the outside chores when the temperature is 80 degrees and not 93!
The laying hens have been doing great. We have the old girls (250 or so) and the 200 or so youngsters together, so it really looks like a BIG flock out in the field. Ricki, the guard dog for the laying hens has certainly been doing a great job. No fox or hawk attacks this year that we know of. Moca is out with the meat chickens and she also is doing a great job. I was coming back from some chore on the ATV and I saw a hawk fly low over the chickens. Moca jumped up and barked at the hawk, chasing it away. Good dog! No one even walks on the road by her without her noticing it.
The cows just LOVE this cooler weather. It’s so neat to come in the morning to get them for the morning milking and seeing all 70 cows lying down. A resting cow is a happy cow. Happy fall.
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.