2019 MOSES Organic Field Day

 

Begin a Farmstead Micro-Creamery

Thursday, May 23, 2019  |  10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  |  Free 

 

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Cosmic Wheel Creamery @ Turnip Rock Farm
260 95th Street
Clear Lake, WI 54005

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As commodity milk prices remain depressed and the consolidation of dairy continues to push small producers out of business, established dairy farmers as well as those hoping to begin dairy farming are looking into value-added dairy ventures. Cosmic Wheel Creamery/Turnip Rock Farm is a micro-dairy that processes the milk from 20 grass-fed cows on the farm into artisanal cheese that is direct-marketed via CSA and farmers markets.

Tour the farm and creamery, and hear how the farmers integrated the dairy into their existing business—and how much they love their decision to milk just once a day and only seasonally. Lunch will be provided by local Amery, Wis. restaurant Farm Table, who sources local farm produce and proteins, including Cosmic Wheel cheese, for their meals!

Topics:

  • What to consider before adding a micro-creamery
  • The art of making artisanal cheese
  • Regulations and marketing
  • Seasonal milking

 

 

Agenda:

 

10:30 a.m.       Welcome and Introductions

11:00 a.m.        Creamery Tour

12:00 p.m.       Cheese tastings* and Lunch 

12:30 p.m.       Direct-Marketing and Legalities

1:30 p.m.          Dairy and Farm Tour

*Cheese purchases available after farm tour!

 

 

Presenters:

As a child, Josh Bryceson saw his family forced out of farming in the 1980s farm crisis.  He was later exposed to sustainable and organic agriculture while serving in Americorps and gained an appreciation for integrated agriculture including livestock while working for Heifer Project International.  He apprenticed on CSA vegetable farms in hopes of learning how to have a successful farm become his livelihood.  He helped to establish and then managed the CSA for the Minnesota Food Association for several years before starting Turnip Rock CSA with Rama Hoffpauir.

Rama Hoffpauir met Josh and then decided to pursue agriculture as a career after being in a CSA work share at the Minnesota Food Association. Trained as an artist, she found her desires to problem solve, be creative, and work with her hands all satisfied in the field of sustainable agriculture.  She later began cheesemaking and thinks of cheese and other food from their farm as temporary works of art that fuel the pleasure, growth, and pursuits of the people enjoying the food.

Josh and Rama began Turnip Rock CSA in 2009 and Cosmic Wheel Creamery in 2015.  Turnip Rock CSA began as a vegetable CSA and later added eggs, meat, and finally cheese to their offerings while creating a whole-farm ecosystem with each endeavor complimenting the other.  Their children, Otto (8) and Sadie (5), assist them in farm work along with a wonderful farm crew.

 

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