Brown Dog Farm
TJ and Molly bought Brown Dog Farm in the Fall of 2012. Named after the couple’s two Chesapeake Retrievers, Brown Dog Farm is 140-acres of rolling woods and prairie in the hills of Wisconsin’s Driftless Region.
The farm had not been farmed since the last 1980s prior to the sale to TJ and Molly. Approximately 80 acres are maintained as grassland for benefit of wildlife in partnership with the Prairie Enthusiasts, a nonprofit. Forty acres have been partially restored back to the native prairie with an ongoing program of planting native Wisconsin flowers and grasses and eradication of invasive species.
When purchased, the farm had a small apple orchard and a good-sized asparagus bed. The farm also hosts black walnuts and wild grapes, wild raspberries, and morel mushrooms.
Since TJ and Molly bought Brown Dog Farm, they have expanded the farm’s planting every year. As of 2016, an additional 190 apple, cider apple, pear, peach, plum, apricot, and cherry trees, as well as black and red raspberries, serviceberry, elderberry, seaberry, and hazelnuts, have all been planted. By late spring 2016, 32 beehives will be in operation and overseen by local beekeepers, providing honey to our restaurants.