If you’ve never heard of a pizza farm, it’s something worth investigating. They are popular in Wisconsin during the late summer months, into the beginning of fall.
A ‘pizza farm’ is a community supported farm that grows all (or most) of the various toppings one might use on a pizza. Most grow things like herbs and tomatoes used in creating the sauce. Some have various vegetables, hogs for sausage and lots of Wisconsin cheese.
Heather Secrist, owner of Suncrest Garden Farms says, “The pizza is a blank canvas. It’s a way to use what we’re growing. We take it and create different seasonal pizzas.”
Suncrest, for example, featured a “Spring Fling” pizza which included walnut pesto, mozzarella cheese (locally sourced), arugula, asparagus and radishes all adorning the wood-fired crust. They do not advertise and are located deep in a farming area – so be sure to bring a map. Even with their remote location, they attract a decent crowd. On summer weekends, families come for the pizza, marshmallow roasts, playground equipment and the chance to see farm animals up close and personal.
Another Wisconsin pizza farm is the Stone Barn, owned by Pamela Taylor. Her pizzas offer the freshest of ingredients with nothing being premade. All of the ingredients are organic and the sausage is from locally sourced pork. Taylor originally hoped to make at least 40 pizzas a weekend. Last year she made 226 a night.
Families can add to their trip by visiting many of the interesting towns along the way, including La Crosse, Pepin and Stockholm. There are lots of activities and shopping opportunities along the way.