Farm Fresh Suppliers
We are so fortunate to work with local communities and communities around the world who are committed to the Earth and its sustainability. This page is dedicated to our partners that provide us with the fresh, homegrown ingredients that are the flavors of The Watershed Café.
“The Watershed Café is what it is because of the farmers and ranchers and gardeners and cheesemakers and bakers and piemakers and 'movers and shakers' and 'dreamers of dreams' for a better world.” – Customer of The Watershed Cafe
Meat & Eggs
Peterson Craftsman Meats
Peterson Craftsman Meats is a family owned and operated farm in the St. Croix River Valley near Osceola, WI that practices pasture-raised cattle farming. This was our first farm interview, and we talked with Andy Peterson about the farm's sustainable practices. See the full news article here. For their website, click here.
Photography by Kelsea Fehlen http://www.kelseafehlen.com
Locally Laid Egg Company (LoLa) in Wrenshall, Minnesota is dedicated to the health and well-being of their chickens and the land. Their pasture-raised hens forage and roam outside getting exercise, fresh air, and a varied diet healthy for chickens. In addition to their focus on sustainable eggs, LoLa has a low-carbon footprint with an eco-conscience. The company won a LABO Environmentally Engaged Entrepreneur Award and engages in sustainable practices such as solar power, feeding with non-GMO corn, and planting a tree for every delivery & t-shirt sale (LoLa Facebook Page).
Common Harvest Farm is a sustainable CSA farm set on 40 acres of diverse and fertile land in the St. Croix River Valley near Osceola, WI. This was our second on-location interview with our local farmers, and we walked through the details of CSA farming while Margaret Pennings and Dan Guenthner share their incredible journey of building a fruitful, small-scale produce farm. To visit Common Harvest Farm's website, click here. See our news article here.
Photography by Kelsea Fehlen http://www.kelseafehlen.com/
Steady Hand Farm, LLC located in Amery, WI is the vegetable CSA farm of Jason and Juli Montgomery-Riess. Using safe farming practices – without the use of synthetic pesticides or herbicides, nor use GMO seeds - Steady Hand Farm considers and promotes biological diversity. They work hard to produce food that is safe and keeps our human community vibrant, healthy, and preserves the good life of our companions in this work: the soil, plants, insects and animals with which we share land. For an in-depth interview with Steady Hand Farm, click here. To visit their website, click here.
Morning Sun Farms, located in the woods of Frederic, WI, is the farm of Everett and Janet Marsh. Using organic and sustainable practices, they grow a variety of produce and provide farm-raised products. Morning Sun Farms specializes in hydroponically grown micro-greens, making produce from their greenhouse available year-round. For more information about Morning Sun Farms, click here.
Crystal Ball Farms is a family-owned and operated dairy farm located along the St. Croix River in Osceola, WI. In our fourth on-location interview, we gained an inside look at life on the farm, as owner Troy DeRosier walked us through the details of pasture-raised dairy cattle and processing organic dairy products on the sustainable farm. See the news article here.
Cosmic Wheel Creamery lives at Turnip Rock Farm, a sustainable CSA in Clear Lake, WI. This small, family-owned creamery produces artisan cheeses including aged, raw milk, natural rind, and fresh cheeses. The farm is striving to create a whole farm ecosystem where each element of the farm is interdependent - a truly sustainable model that respects the surrounding environment and wilderness while building soil and providing healthy, beautiful, and delicious food.
Honey & Maple Syrup
Peace Lutheran Pure Maple Syrup
The Maple trees in the St. Croix River Valley tell a sweet story made up of the neighborly efforts of one local resident and the community of many. Through the partnership and hard work of youth and families from area churches, and Don Hansen of Don's Sugar Shack in Taylors Falls, MN, more than 10,000 gallons of sap is collected from local trees to produce hundreds of gallons of syrup. Proceeds of the syrup sales provide support for the youth of participating churches.
Coffee & Tea
The Duluth Coffee Company is committed to providing quality coffee using high quality green beans, proper roasting and freshness. Green beans are selected based on understanding of the farm, processing and shipping, and the beans are roasted on-site in Duluth, MN. For an in-depth interview, click here. To visit their website, click here.
Upper Lakes Foods (ULF) is a small, family-owned and operated restaurant supplier focused on connecting restaurants with local, regional, and sustainable food producers. Through their Natural Marketplace, they offer sustainable supply distribution with natural, organic, and whole foods. To learn about our fun food show experience, click here. For more information about ULF, click here.
Sysco is the global leader in food distribution and non-food products to restaurants and customers around the world. We mindfully source high-quality, specialty items; environmentally-friendly products; and sustainably grown whole foods and produce through Sysco. We specifically look for items that align with our social and environmental focus. With its extended reach, Sysco connects us with additional farmers, companies, and products with our same sustainable initiatives. For more information about Sysco, click here.