2017 Event Calendar

harvest party

All events listed here are held on our farm located at 901 N. Marsh Rd, Brodhead, WI 53520.

June 17th: CSA Open House on the farm, 3-7 p.m. with a potluck meal beginning at 5 p.m.
All CSA members are invited out to the farm to meet your farmers and see where your food is grown! There will be farm tours, yard games, beer brewed by CSA members, kid-friendly activities and a sprawling potluck! This event is free, but only open to CSA members and their friends and families. If inclement weather, event will be held June 18th at same time.

August 4-6th: Soil Sisters Weekend
For three days, the jam-packed SOIL SISTERS culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead, Wisconsin. There will be many opportunities to visit the farm during this weekend!

August 4th, 1-3 p.m. Join The Barmadillo for an early start to the weekend. Attendee will learn the basic of shaking your own cocktails from this mobile cocktail bar and create three alcoholic beverages with vegetables and herbs from the farm. Early registration required. Tickets $30 per person and can be purchased here.

August 5th, 9-11 a.m. Pesto isn’t just for basil anymore! Join Lauren on the farm to explore the wild world of pesto. Made with cilantro, parsley, kale, arugula, or carrot tops, every green you use imparts a different flavor into this versatile sauce. Sample an array of different pestos, choose your favorite and work with Lauren to create your own recipes. Attendees will take 2-3 jelly jars of homemade pesto back home with them when the day is done! Early registration required. Tickets $25 per person and can be purchased here.

August 5th, 1-3 p.m. Join three Madison-based food bloggers for an afternoon of photography and food-styling. After a quick farm tour, guests will gather on the back deck for a grilled pizza demonstration. Attendees will take turns creating their own grilled pizza while Lauren of The Leek & The Carrot, Vicky of Things I Made Today and Sarah of Wisconsin From Scratch give hands-on lessons in photography, composition, food styling, plating, lighting and editing. Bring your cameras (iPhone or DSLR recommended) and your appetite! Kids 18 and under are welcome to attend for free, but will not be given any instruction.  Early registration required. Tickets $30 per person and can be purchased here.

August 6th, 11-6 p.m. Raleigh’s Hillside Farm is honored to be a part of the Soil Sisters Farm Tour this season! We’ll have a farm stand set up with produce and pickled goods for sale. My mom will be running a food stand. Our friends will be selling artwork and rustic barn wood signs. We’ll also be giving extensive farm tours and just generally sharing our farm with the general public. Open to all supporters of agriculture!

September 17th, all day. Featured farm on FairShare CSA Coalition’s Bike & Bus the Barns route. Find more details here. 

***New date: October 1st: Chef four-course brunch on the farm, 11-2 pm.
Enjoy weekend brunch on the farm with your farmers and other CSA members. Local chefs will each create a brunch course featuring our veggies. Chefs include Shannon Berry of Fromagination, Jennifer Mans of Humble Sweet & Savory Pies, Jenny Weidel and farmer Lauren. Find tickets and more information here.

Rain date: Sunday, October 8th

October 14th: Fall Harvest Festival on the farm

Music, good food, hot apple cider, farm tours, big ass bonfire from the trees cleared for our new driveway, field camping, and morning pastries.

Join us out the farm for our biggest party of the year!

MUSIC: We’ll have an open mic situation from 4-6 p.m. for anyone who wants to share their music with the group; from 7- 9 p.m. we’ll be joined by the Momotaros.

FOOD: We’ll be serving up Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Grilled Jalapeno Poppers, and Assorted Pickles; please bring a dish to share.

BONFIRE: We’ll be lighting the bonfire just before sunset to help with warmth but still be sure to bring lots of layers. Obviously there will be smores.

CAMPING: Anyone is welcome to spend the night and in fact its encouraged! We’d love to invite you all to share in the beautiful sounds and night sky we have here at our farm. We’ll have plenty of space for camping so bring your gear!

BADGER GAME: We don’t know what time the Badgers will be playing this Saturday yet but we’ll be broadcasting it from the side of our greenhouse if it falls during the party.

BRING: lawn chairs, a dish to pass, beverages, musical instruments if that’s your thing, warm layers, and a tent for sleeping

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2016 Event Calendar

June 25th: CSA Open House on the farm, 2-6 p.m. with a potluck meal beginning at 5 p.m.

All CSA members are invited out to the farm to meet your farmers and see where your food is grown! There will be farm tours, music and many kid-friendly activities! This event is free and only open to CSA members and their friends and families.

August 6-7th: Soil Sisters Weekend

For three day, the jam-packed SOIL SISTERS culinary event celebrates Wisconsin’s family farms and rural life in and around the farming communities of Monroe, New Glarus, Blanchardville and Brodhead, Wisconsin, over the first weekend of August 2016. There will be many opportunities to visit the farm during this weekend!

August 6th, 10-12 p.m. Join Kathy (Raleigh’s Hillside Farm farmer Lauren’s mother) in the kitchen at the farm to learn how to cook three seasonal farm meals in 40 minutes or less! Early registration required. Farm tour included. Cost is $25 to attend.

August 6th, 1-3 p.m. Join Lauren at the farm for a basic introduction to storytelling, photography and food styling. Begin your afternoon with a tour of the farm and then join Lauren in the kitchen to gain a better understanding of lighting, thoughtful stylistic arrangement and other tricks of the trade to help your food look beautiful in photos. Early registration required. Cost is $40 to attend.

August 7th, 11-6 p.m. Raleigh’s Hillside Farm is honored to be a part of the Soil Sisters Farm Tour this season! Stop by our farm on August 7th. We’ll have a farm stand set up with produce and pickled goods for sale. We’ll also be giving extensive farm tours and just generally sharing our farm with the general public. Open to all supporters of agriculture!

August 28th: Farm-to-table brunch, 11-1 p.m. (ticketed event; inquire at raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com)

September 17th: Farm-to-table four course meal, 6:30-9 p.m. (ticketed event; inquire at raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com)

October 15th: Farm-to-table pizza night, 5-8 p.m. (ticketed event; inquire at raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com)

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First Spring Work Day: May 18th!

Weather permitting, you will have your first opportunity to get your hands dirty on the farm this upcoming Monday, May 18th from 3-8 PM!!

If you are lucky enough to have a flexible schedule, we’d be happy to have your help for the whole time! If you can only make it to a couple hours after work, don’t let that stop you! There will be plenty of work to do until the very end. Post work, dinner and beers will be provided on my parents’ back deck as the sun sets. Feel free to bring a dish to pass if the mood strikes you. Please let me know if you have any dietary restrictions that need accommodating.

Monday projects include:

  • Laying compost
  • Planting potatoes
  • Mounding potatoes
  • Transplanting cucumbers
  • Putting up the pea trellis
  • Weed, weed, weeding
  • Perhaps some seeding and/or up-potting of plants, time permitting

Please RSVP to raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com as there are rain clouds in the forecast and the event may need to be canceled or delayed.

The farm is located at 901 N. Marsh Rd, Brodhead, WI.

Make your way to the fields if you enjoy lovely people, lovely food, and general outdoor happiness.

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2015 Event Schedule

Farm Work Day

Monday, May 18th: Potato Planting & Spring Seeding Volunteer Work Day (dinner provided), weather permitting

Saturday, May 30th: Super Transplant Saturday Volunteer Work Day (dinner provided), weather permitting

Saturday, July 18th: July F2T Dinner (limited availability; inquire at raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com)

July:  Dilly Beans Canning Workshop (date TBD)

Saturday, August 15th: August F2T Dinner (limited availability; inquire at raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com)

August: Salsa Canning Workshop (date TBD)

September: Pepper Pickling & Pepper Jelly Making Workshop (date TBD)

Saturday, September 12th: September F2T Dinner (limited availability; inquire at raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com)

Saturday, September 26th: End of Season Harvest Party & CSA Member Potluck!! 

Saturday, October 10th: October F2T Dinner (limited availability; inquire at raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com)

October: Applesauce, Apple Butter & Apple Cider Making Workshop (date TBD)

Saturday, November 7th: Tentative Celebratory End-of-Season F2T Brunch (limited availability; inquire at raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com)

 

Because the vast majority of our events take place outdoors, many will be weather dependent. Please RSVP to raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com for any events you plan to attend so we are able to contact you in the event of a cancellation.

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First Farm Work Day of the Season!

We are so excited to finally be hosting our first farm work day of the season!!  These days spent out in the field with friends are easily some of our favorite memories of the entire summer.

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So join us this Saturday (May 24) from 1PM to 6PM!

We will be planting potatoes, seeding beans and radishes, transplanting radicchio, arugula and lettuce, weeding like crazy and maybe even putting up a pea trellis.  The more the merrier.  It’s a chaotic time on the farm and more hands makes very light work.

At 6PM, we will prepare a small dinner with seasonal favorites (asparagus, mushrooms & rhubarb), drink good beer and celebrate the true start of spring!  There will also be free asparagus for all who come to help!

field

Please e-mail by Friday night so I know how much food to make.  raleighshillsidefarm@gmail.com

 

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DINNER PARTY AWHILE AGO

Just ran across these lovely photos from a farm dinner in early August and thought we’d share them with you all.  We harvested some beans and potatoes for dinner then made many bouquets of lovely flowers for the table.  It was a perfect night.

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kyle in the field

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SECOND ON-FARM FARMER’S MARKET

That’s right ladies and gents, it’s time for another wonderful on-farm farmer’s market at Raleigh’s Hillside Farm!  In addition to our CSA and weekly farmer’s market, we will be having three Farm Stands throughout the summer!  We are already onto the second event and will be having our final one in September.  We hope to get friends and family out to the farm so they can see our fields and hopefully buy a thing or two.  

This Sunday we expect to have three varieties of kale, chard, collards, kohlrabi, cucumbers, peppers (from bells to jalapenos and hopefully a couple more), several varities of tomatoes (slicers, cherries, Sun Golds, etc), Walla Walla onions, yellow Cipollini onions, okra, fresh herbs and hopefully even some cabbage, green beans and broccoli!

The farm stand will run from 10-2 PM.  We will be serving tasty snacks made with the goodies from our fields and also giving tours to anyone who thinks they can make it through the seven-foot weeds.  Hope to see you there!

WHO: The FARM STAND is open to everyone who wants to buy some Raleigh’s Hillside Farm produce and/or wants to see our lovely little part of the world.

WHEN: The FARM STAND runs from 10AM- 2PM on Sunday, August 11th.

WHERE: 901 North Marsh Road, Brodhead, Wisconsin (8 miles south of Evansville, no where near Brodhead)

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FARM STAND & CSA POTLUCK DINNER

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In addition to our CSA and weekly farmer’s market, we will be having three Farm Stands throughout the summer!  One in each July, August and September.  We hope to get friends and family out to the farm so they can see our fields and hopefully buy a thing or two.  

By next week there should be beets, radishes, kale, chard, collards, bok choy, sugar snap peas, kohlrabi, fresh herbs and hopefully cabbage, summer squash and cucumbers (and MAYBE even a few pints of Sun Gold tomatoes).  We will also be selling maple syrup bottled by our friends in Richland Center this spring.

In addition to the farm stand, which runs from 10AM to 4PM, we hope to get CSA members out to the farm so they can see the source of their bounty!  CSA members can take home the extra unsold goods Sunday evening (if there are any!) and then we will all relax on the back porch of my parents home for an intimate potluck.  Farmers Kyle & Lauren will be giving tours of the fields.  CSA members, please RSVP by Wednesday, July 10th and tell me what dish you plan to bring (entree, salad, dessert).  We’ll fill in the meal and provide beverages.

WHO: The FARM STAND is open to everyone who wants to buy some Raleigh’s Hillside produce or wants to see our lovely little part of the world.  The CSA POTLUCK is open to CSA members and their families.

WHEN: The FARM STAND runs from 10AM- 4PM and the CSA POTLUCK runs from 4:30-6:30PM

WHERE: 901 North Marsh Road, Brodhead, Wisconsin (8 miles south of Evansville, no where near Brodhead)

 

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LAST MINUTE WEEDING EXTRAVAGANZA & POTLUCK

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I know we usually give you way more advanced notice than this, but the weather has been, ya know, kinda iffy lately.  It sounds like Friday may be rain free (and maybe even mud free….well, we can dream).  To celebrate the good weather, we will be weeding all damn day long because things are getting a little unruly around here.  We will also be harvesting for our Saturday farmer’s market and beginning our tomato trellis.
Please bring rain boots or shoes that you don’t mind getting real dirty.  We will have a couple extras, …but not many.
All guests can take home as many weird experimental radishes as they like and also drink plenty o’ good beer.  Please bring a dish to pass if you plan to stay for dinner.  I’ll be making something tasty from the fields.

WHO: members & their families, friends, family, wanna-be friends of the farm

WHEN: Friday, June 28th from 3-9 PM

WHERE: 901 North Marsh Road, Brodhead, Wisconsin (8 miles south of Evansville, no where near Brodhead)

WHAT: enjoy some time in the fields with your lovely farmers and then dine around a wooden picnic table and taste the flavors of our little acre

IMPORTANT DETAILS:

1. If it is raining or does look like rain, the event will be canceled.

2. Please bring something to share, it can be a baguette or jar of home-made pickles, we don’t discriminate.

3. We’ll provide the delicious beer.

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