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Farm & Brew Newsletter for Oct 6, 2016

Thursday, October 6, 2016 11:51
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News & Happenings at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery:

You’ll notice that this newsletter now looks slightly different!  We are now combining all 3 of our newsletters (Farm & Brew News, Beer Share/CSB, and Veggie Share/CSA) into one weekly newsletter format.  There will be 3 sections, and you can simply scroll down each week to the section you want to read: “Taproom”, “Beer Share/CSB”, and “Veggie Share/CSA”.

We want to take a moment to say Thank You to everyone who visited our Tap Room & Store last Saturday for our “soft opening”!  We had a great time and hope you all did, too.
Now Open, Saturdays 11am-6pm – visit our web site for location, directions, and

Tap Room & Store
In our Tap Room this week, open to the public Saturdays 11 am- 6 pm:
  • NEW - Organic Honey Wheat Ale (our certified organic beer)
  • Jack-O-Java (Pumpkin Coffee Spice Ale) 
  • 3PO  (Kystalweissen)
  • Dark Side Stout
  • Apple Cider Ale 
  • Homemade Root Beer

In addition to fresh beer by the glass, we will also have growlers & bottled beer available for carry-out on select styles of beer!

Fresh from our farm & available this week at our taproom & store on Saturday from 11-6:

  • Arugula
  • Sweet Peppers (mixed colors!)
  • Spicy Asian Greens Mix (great for stir-fry)
  • Fresh Dill
  • Hot Peppers
“Beer Share” CSB News:

CSB Members, you may bring your growlers in anytime on Saturdays or during our members-only time on Thursdays to fill up on any of the above beers listed in the taproom section!  Sorry, Jack-O-Java not yet available for growler fills, but we do have a new beer this week, our Organic Honey Wheat, and CSB members get first dibs on it if you come out during the Thursday members-only time slot!

Our “Beer Share”, aka CSB Program (Community Supported Brewery) is an ongoing membership program that offers members a 1-year supply of our beer at discounted prices, plus additional discounts & benefits.  Learn more on our web site:

“Veggie Share” CSA News:

CSA Members, the full shareholders & Group A half-shareholders are scheduled for pickup here at the farm today (Thursday) between 3:30-5:30, during our members-only open time slot.  Give me a call or text (815-990-2380), or email if you have questions or concerns with pickup this week.  Your veggie shares are chock-full of fall greens & more, including:

  • Garlic
  • Winter Squash, choice of butternut or white acorn
  • Hungarian Hot Peppers
  • Sweet Bell Peppers, all colors
  • Radishes, French Breakfast variety
  • Pac Choi
  • Kale
  • Asian Greens & Mustard Greens
  • Arugula
  • Lettuce
  • Also, optional u-pick fruit, there are still apples on the trees if you wish to pick some while you’re here picking up your share!

The CSA Program (Community Supported Agriculture) is a membership program in which members become “shareholders” in the farm’s vegetable production & receive a “share” of the farm’s produce! Our CSA Program is sold out for 2016, but our 2017 registration will begin this winter.  To learn more: 

Our brewery & taproom building!  Visit us on Saturdays 11-6, just off US Highway 20, at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL.
Be sure to follow Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery on facebook!  Here is a link to our facebook page
Recipe Corner!

Vegetable Lo Mein 

It’s fall greens season here at Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!  We grow many varieties of Asian Greens, all of which lend themselves beautifully to this Lo Mein recipe.  Simply substitute your fresh Asian Greens (just saute them first)  in place of the “frozen stir fry vegetables” mentioned in this recipe! CSA Members, your Pac Choi and Asian Greens in your shares this week will all be great in this recipe, and the stems of the Pac Choi should also be used, just chop them a little smaller than the leaves.

Thank you & Best Wishes from Wishful Acres Farm & Brewery!
Open Saturdays, 11 am – 6 pm
Tap room & store located on our farm at 4679 N. Flansburg Rd, Lena IL
You can contact us at: or 815-990-2380


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