Farm Table Values
The northwest region of Wisconsin is the last and largest concentration of small farms in America — farms 300 acres and fewer. A lot has changed in agriculture, and Farm Table is proud to support one aspect that hasn’t: small farms care about rich soil, wholesome produce and raising healthy animals on grass.
Our products are the best of this region’s heritage: fresh from the farm, vitamin and mineral rich, every season of the year. We favor simple preparations without processed ingredients and preserve local products — storing, pickling and freezing — before purchasing from afar. We are proud to represent the values of small farms and a rich heritage of great food — on every plate.
A Community Food Hub Grows in Amery
Farm Table is part of Amery’s Community Food Hub, a 12,000 square-foot former auto dealership that features the restaurant (Farm Table), a producer’s cooperative (Hungry Turtle Farmer’s Coop) and a 501(c)(3) (Hungry Turtle Learning Center). This facility brings to life a new generation of local food advocacy and entrepreneurship. Each leg of the stool represents a different aspect of local food, and the benefits that small farm, organic production brings to a community like Amery and the surrounding habitat of western Wisconsin.
A Local Food Restaurant
Farm Table is the most immediate and tangible incarnation of the Food Hub. Here, local foods, from heritage pork to Lake Superior white fish, micro-greens to winter squash, fall roots to spring cress, are purchased from area producers and prepared as part of a seasonal cuisine. The spirit of craft cooking, high quality ingredients and avoidance of harmful additives provides customers the tastiest and healthiest food in western Wisconsin. Even the coffee, beer, wine and homemade soda are carefully sourced to ensure high quality outcomes wherever they come from. Pushing the envelope on sustainable sourcing, responsible farming and wholesome eating — in harmony with Wisconsin’s four seasons — is the endless creative project that makes Farm Table unique and ever-changing.
Small Family Farms
Hungry Turtle Farmer’s Coop, located in the warehouse portion of the Food Hub, is home to more than a dozen small farm businesses — true family farms. Formed in 2014, the Farmer’s Coop is a reincarnation of an old Wisconsin tradition: farmers banding together to lower expenses, grow their market, and create something even greater — a community that supports itself by working together and caring for the land. With modern tools — like a refrigerated box truck and 500 square foot walk-in cooler, and cutting edge practices — its Wisconsin retail food license as well as GAP and organic certifications, the Farmer’s Coop serves CSA customers, restaurants and retail stores across the region and into the Twins Cities. Because it aggregates local produce from a growing number of farms, HTFC is changing the scale of “going local” and, in the process, expanding access and bringing down the cost of eating sustainably.
Local Foods Advocacy
With a full commercial kitchen, two storefronts and @2500 square feet of multi-purpose space, Hungry Turtle Learning Center provides the social and intellectual fermentation that makes the Food Hub more than just a food depot. Licensed producers can rent the kitchen and make a wide variety of products for sale in retail stores. With classes on topics ranging from foraging to farming, the culinary to the literary, and events like dances, art exhibits and receptions, HTLC brings focused ideas and experiences to the issues of food system health. Not to mention fun! With its mission rooted in developing food system awareness locally and regionally, HTLC brings gifted producers, teachers and artists to the Food Hub and weaves together a community from the individual strands of food, farming, physical health and a truly sustainable local economy.