Bon appetit! Organically farm raised food is at the heart of these words. Here at Cedar Gate Farm we are dedicated to a self-sustained way of life. Raising our own food, farmyard to table, is not only a healthy, satisfying lifestyle….it tastes better too!
We grow a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, berries, nuts and mushrooms in our gardens and orchard. Everything produced and processed on our ten-acre farm is done with respect for our environment using only organic products…no pesticides or chemicals are found here. We believe in leaving a small footprint on our environment in everything we do.
In addition to the gardens, we keep honeybees, make maple syrup every spring, raise meat rabbits, free range chickens, ducks, geese, and, last but not least, our beloved Nigerian Dwarf goats. I purchased our first goats in 2009 for the purpose of providing dairy to our table but did not realize how they would impact my life. They are the heart of the farm, endearing all who meet them and providing us with the best milk you can imagine. From the milk I make yogurt, cheese, butter, kefir and soap. The quality is incredible and so much better than store-bought.
Even though most of this labor of love is my work, my husband John is a great support and a very willing partner in enjoying the good eating! John’s work is in wine so he is especially helpful in making sure we have good wine to go with our home grown meals.
Here are links to some articles and a short video that feature Cedar Gate Farm:
Our Door County “Home Grown”, Door County Visitor’s Bureau/Peninsula Filmworks September 2016
Door County Living, “Return To The Pastoral” Carol Thompson Late Summer, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Two couples, two approaches, one sustainable lifestyle Terri Milligan September 24, 2013
Door County Pulse, Beet Salad Re-defined Melissa Ripp December 22, 2009
I often say that farming is my second full time job. I am an artist by profession, and chose to live and work in Door County, Wisconsin because of its beauty and supportive community of artists. I moved here in 1993 and bought this ten acre property two years later. It was perfect, having a barn for my studio and land for a garden. Over the years the garden became a farm. When I was young, I spent a lot of time visiting my grandparent’s dairy farm and I believe that experience is where my love of growing things and caring for animals came from.