We have seen a spectrum of food production while traveling across the US. It was a breath of fresh air to visit Barthel’s Fruit Farm in Mequon, Wisconsin a few weeks ago. The farm is located just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has been in the family since 1839. On their 90 acres, owners Bob Barthel and Nino Ridgeway produce apples, pears, plums, strawberries, sugar snap peas, pumpkins, herbs, and perennials. Most of their produce is sold directly to customers, either at farmers markets or to people that come directly to the farm to buy from their barn store or to pick their own.
Being on the farm that sunny, fall afternoon and taking a bite of a crisp, just picked, golden delicious apple, reminded me of the value of good, wholesome, nurtured, nourishing food. Below is a short clip of Nino talking about the farm.
Mim & Eleanor