Every year for fall season, we plant upwards of 16,000 seeds in an eight-acre field. With the right weather and a lot of care, we see a lot of orange out there! Many of those pumpkins find their way off the farm to be carved for Halloween and to decorate people's homes, but there are always some left. So what do we do with all these leftover pumpkins?
One of the best ways we use up our leftover pumpkins is to send them to another local business, Potosi Brewing Company, for their seasonal Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale. After fall season ends, Kyle and Callie head out to the pumpkin patch spend a lot of time picking 'em, cleaning 'em, baking 'em, and juicing 'em. Check out their hard work below!
After the pumpkins go through our prep here, we send 'em off to Potosi for the rest of the magic. We are so happy to partner with Potosi and be a part of their brewing process.
The next time you take a drink of that smooth brew, send a quick thanks to both your brewmaster and your pumpkin master! :)
(Photos by Potosi Brewing Company)
Oh, and all the rest of the stuff? Those seeds and innards and extra things? Well, that goes to the pigs.
Rene and Brandon were married on a beautiful--but slightly misty--day at the farm in September 2017. We had so much fun with this couple--they are so sweet to each other and to everyone around them, their families kept us laughing all day, and we were so happy to be part of their special day.
Photos by the amazing Adrianna Joy Photography, LLC
Decorating with the Carsons had a few barn wedding fall musts: metallic pumpkins, wood circles, burlap, beautiful floral arrangements, and of course, antlers.
We always love it when we can make donuts for couples and their guests--it's a delicious way to end the meal!
I can't tell you how much fun we and all the guests had at Vesperman Farms. And the food! The brisket and cheesy potatoes are an absolute MUST. Many people said it was the best brisket they had ever eaten!-- Rene and Brandon
We loved the color scheme of this lovely wedding! And the gorgeous flowers were by Country Flowers and Gifts in Lancaster, WI.
Thank you and congratulations, Rene and Brandon!
Kyle, Callie, and I had a lot of fun last night getting out of the barn to join other vendors at the Taste of Lancaster to benefit the Grant Regional Health Center. We met (and caught up with) a lot of great people, ate some delicious food, and, as a bonus, sat by the Spurgeon Vineyard table! :)
We made a variety of appetizers for people to taste, from delicious finger sandwiches to BBQ meatballs, bacon cheddar tots, and buffalo chicken dip. And, of course, we had our apple cider donuts!
Kyle also showed off some pretty impressive carpentry skills creating this snowman and pallet Christmas memory tree to represent our farm. The snowman was auctioned off at the silent auction to a very happy bidder. We kept the tree, though—it had too many memories!
Thanks for inviting us to participate. We look forward to next year!
The big guy is stopping by twice this year for our annual Breakfast with Santa! Today was our first breakfast, and the following Sunday (December 10) we will welcome him and you back for another one! We had a delicious breakfast, super fun cookie decorating, and lots of good times with Santa and his elf. The barn looked pretty festive too. :)
If you're interested in details for next week's breakfast, we'll be here from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check out our website for more information. Thanks to everyone to who came to celebrate Christmas with us!
Happy holidays from our family to yours!
Every detail of Megan and Birch's wedding left us breathless. Each table was unique, set with intricate, vintage details. The romantic lighting. The dramatic draping. The greenery. The XOXOs. Each detail was carefully thought through and meticulously executed. It was simply gorgeous.
Photos by Amy Helt Photography
And we can say the same thing of this couple. They were, first of all, fantastic to work with from a creative standpoint, but also just one of those simply elegant couples that give you relationship envy. Add on that they are just two of the nicest people you will ever meet, and you can see why we so enjoyed helping them celebrate their wedding day.
They also wowed us with their desserts, a ridiculously good looking and delicious selection of donuts from Greenbush Bakery in Madison. Donuts for dessert is a trend that we are fully on board with!
Thank you, Megan and Birch, for choosing us as your wedding venue!
While you're chasing down steals on furniture and clothes, Kyle is locking down a different kind of Black Friday deal...on pumpkin seeds and strawberry plants! By ordering in November, Kyle not only gets the best selection of varieties, but also an early bird special on the price.
These seeds and plants will become part of next year's crop to take home, carve, and enjoy!
Guys, these past two years have been a whirlwind. We are just so grateful for the couples who choose us to help them celebrate their wedding day, to the people who support our events and hold their special events with us, to the families who come for fall fun, and to our fantastic partners and employees who keep us running, keep us laughing, keep us going.
On this day of blessings, we just want to give thanks to all of you who have supported us along the way, everyone who comes back year after year, and those who believe in us in every new venture.
Thank you. And Happy Thanksgiving.
It's a bit later than I promised, but we did finish off the interior of the barn, and it's served as the backdrop for a variety of events in the last two years. Not only is the interior gorgeous (in our opinion), but it has a lot of meaning to the Vesperman Farms family.
The stone, boards, and beams all came from a barn that blew down on the property in 2012 with those high winds (check out the damage below!). We make fun of Kyle and his dad for being superstar packrats, but it was great that they kept this material, as it made for some of the most unique and stunning parts of the barn's overall vibe.
The tin and a many of the other barn boards also came from another family building: a barn that Kyle helped take down on his aunt and uncle's farm. We did have to find a wholesaler for a few of the boards—there was quite a bit of real estate to cover in the space!
Unique for our type of venue are indoor, fully finished restroom facilities. We carried over the rustic theme for the tiling and countertop finishes and even used some of the barn boards for the mirror frames.
Finishing the barn took about four months, from the start of the year to just before our first event in the barn: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny in April 2016. It was great to see people's reactions to the space, and it's even more fun for us to tell the story of how it came to be.
From old barns to new, Vesperman Farms continues to keep their history alive, and we are excited to be able to share it with all of you. The lights are still on at this Century Farm.
But now that we feel that we have gotten our feet underneath us (and we have a little more time), we are exited to give you more Stories from the Farm in the near future! Tune in for highlights from our weddings at the farm featuring our lovely couples, stories about fall season fun, posts about wedding planning and style, farm living, and probably new things that we haven't even thought of yet!
We're having fun with this all, and we hope you all join us.
Morgan and the staff at Vesperman Farms