Rush River Fiber
N3724 County Rd D, Bay City, WI 54723|715-273-4534
Pete and Cindi Beurskens created a warm and welcoming homestead with the spirit of sharing their farm and fiber art experiences with others.
Their website opens with an invitation to schedule a farm tour, or visit to purchase lambs, wool or organic produce. The farm is home to a flock of Shetland Sheep and goats. Cindi's prowess as a fiber artist is on display in artisan yarns and products she produces for sale year-round from the farmhouse sunroom store, or at The Purple Turtle Artisan Collective in Stockholm, WI.
The farm also sources Shetland fleece and rovings and can take orders by phone or email. The website includes a blog with wonderful photos and RushRiverFiber@facebook.com includes a listing of sheep currently for sale.
Sutton Ridge Farm
1500 West 200th Street, Jordan MN 55352|1500 W 200th St, Jordan, MN 55352| www.suttonridgefarm.com
Our family owns and operates Sutton Ridge Farm where we grow and raise high-quality food for your table and beautiful, natural fibers for textiles, crafting and art. Crop diversity and crop rotation coupled with multi-species pasture rotation helps to ensure good health for the animals and the land. Products available include: 100% grass-fed, dry-aged Highland beef; milk-fed pork, grass-fed lamb, raw fleeces, roving, yarn, wool products, and whole grains.
The Farmer & The Rancher
212 Mohrhauser Drive, Vermillion, MN 55085 | 612-964-9413|
Kim and Joe Mohrhauser are known to generations of shoppers at the Fluegel's Farm, Garden & Pet stores they co-own in Hastings and Rosemount. Kim's family has owned the main store for 92 years, serving the many needs of farmers large and small for feeds, forages, bedding, pasture management & garden.
As Dakota County became more urban the stores evolved to appeal to residential homeowners as well. At their own farm along the Vermillion River they own Llamas, Suri Alpacas, and numerous breeds of sheep - Rambouillet, Columbia, Dorset, and Suffolk.
162 Newcomb Ave SW, Cokato, MN 55321|612-930-7033
When Peter and Jane O'Shea bought 60 acres for a farm, they had a vision of a healthy lifestyle for their young family, the animals they would take into their care, and the wildlife that might return with dedicated stewardship of the land.
Visit during the Tour weekend to gather a dose of that goodwill and intention for yourself.
Today, the restored native prairie is alive with migratory birds, butterflies, insects, and native animals drawn back just as they imagined. Deer graze along side the Icelandic and East Fresian Sheep, goats, miniature donkeys, jersey cow, chickens and a couple of yak.
The homestead garden features abundant produce that will be familiar to many visitors, but few Minnesota gardeners are as bold as Jane to grow their own rice. Jane and Peter's Wildflower Farm Facebook page is a blog of intimate sessions milking sheep for artisan cheeses, sharing coffee on the porch with Zinnia the ewe, putting food by with an artist's eye for canning, and photos of farm-raised, delectable dinners from her kitchen.
Meet their baby yak Shanti, who just happens to be for sale as well as Francisco, the 6 week old miniature donkey (sorry, already sold). Also take time to visit with Land Stewardship Project, who chose this special farm for good reasons. Wildflower Farm is a showcase of what happens when good people do the right thing for the land, and the land then gives them back everything they need for a good life.
Windswept Hill Farm
20828 Ahern Blvd, Farmington, MN 55024|612-246-6332|
Windswept Hill Farm is a 30-year story of salvaging 12 acres of neglected prairie into a welcoming place for living, learning, and creating, largely with repurposed material. The landmark sheep barn is 90% recycled, designed in the style of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. The sheep that live in the “MondriBarn” produce (of course) MondriYarn. The flock that started 20 years ago with Marywent, the 4-H ewe, now includes registered Leicester Longwools (on Livestock Conservancy’s critical list), Blue-Faced Leicester, and select Shetland X Leicester (all descended from Marla The Troublemaker). The farm produces about 200 lbs of fine wool fiber, market lamb and chicken, free-range eggs, vegetables, herbs, and fruit for the Wustenberg family and a small, loyal clientele of cooks and artisans. The farm also includes two horses, pet koi fish, Sweet Pea the pet hen & friends, and Brick the Airedale. Ask about “sustainability” upgrades for energy and water conservation, pasture management, healthy soils, increased composting, and native plantings for pollinators and migratory birds. The garage of The House Next Door creativity retreat will host its first class on Oct. 12 (Barb Franke Needlefelting) and hosts the pop-up farm store with visiting farms Frosty Acres Alpacas (with three very friendly alpacas); and The Farmer & The Rancher from Hastings. Wendy Wustenberg is deeply committed to North Star Farm Tour’s educational mission as a founding board member. She and President Melodee Smith co-chair the Farm Safety & Health Project. She and her family are proud that the farm was chosen to display the haute couture garments created by Minneapolis designers Tim and Thom Navarro from the fiber of nine members, including Windswept Hill Farm. For more information see the Farm2Fashion Project link on the home page.