FRESH Food Connection is a group of farms in southern Wisconsin sustainably producing vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, cheeses, canned goods, wool, and other farm commodities.
Our farms operate based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, inviting customers to purchase a yearly or seasonal share of our production. Vegetable and egg/dairy shares are typically provided weekly or bi-weekly, and other types on a more occasional basis.
As farmers seeking to produce in harmony with nature and with the least environmental impact, we sign onto a sustainability pledge that enumerates the principles we follow. Farms that also have organic certification are noted in the member farm list.
As a group, we are organized democratically, following a collective decision-making process and chartered as a cooperative in the state of Wisconsin, with membership tiers allowing both farmers and the wider public to join. We also act as a growers guild, encouraging communication and information-sharing between farmers in order to hone our professional skills.
Latest FRESH Blog Post
By - John Equinox Community Farm
As another CSA season comes to a close, we can't help but reflect back upon it and all that we have learned. Each year on the farm we have been presented with radically different challenges and predicaments. Each year the landscape has been added to and taken from as it reflects the people who have spent their time and placed their hands upon it. We think it's important to recount what was learned; what worked and what didn't, what made us laugh and what made us cry. After all, it's not just the vegetables that have to do the growing and the adapting.
In the spring we learned that baby piglets are the most miraculously perfect creatures we have ever set eyes on. Promptly a month later, we learned that actually baby goats are the most miraculously perfect creatures we have ever set eyes on. We now know that piglets can escape through the tiniest of spaces in order to feel the sunshine on their faces. That baby goats will dance on the hard bouncy surface of a paved road the first time they set foot on it. Ducklings are objectively more adorable than chicks, but they are infinitely more messy and perhaps the effort of refilling their ever-emptying water dish just isn't worth the marginal increase in cuteness. Maybe.
In the spring we re-learned the rewards of patience. Three years ago we planted a few thousand crowns of asparagus, and now finally there were enough stalks to actually taste the fruits (veggies in this case) of our labor. Spring really is just one big exercise in patience. Placing tiny seeds into tiny soil blocks in hopeful anticipation that someday they will turn into plants, and that then those plants will provide us with food. Patience is something that we often find must be continually learned and practiced.
In summer we relearned that there are only 24 hours in a day. We did actually know this already, but in summer especially it seems we need to relearn it and learn to believe it. We learned that we could pickle or jam jus ... Read More