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The Farmstead Creamery & Cafe in Hayward, Wisconsin

Updated on July 20, 2014

Don't Just Eat: Have a Culinary & Cultural Experience

My husband and I were looking for a special place where we could celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were spending a week in Hayward, Wisconsin and wanted something out of the ordinary and memorable. In checking around at some of the top restaurants in the area, we "discovered" the Farmstead Creamery & Cafe, part of North Star Homestead Farms. It's so much more than the name suggests, and I can't wait to tell you about it!

This farm, which produces its own meats, cheese, produce and more, is also a great supporter of the arts. Every Saturday night during the summer, they serve brick oven pizzas and on a few special Saturday nights they host live musicians to enjoy while patrons eat. We felt fortunate to be a part of just such a night and it made our anniversary dinner so special, I had to share it with you.

All photos on this page are my own.

Gaining Ground

North Star Homestead Farms and Farmstead Creamery & Cafe have a story behind them. There's something I found there that runs deep, and I can't wait to explore it more. It's a story of a family and their commitment to local foods, value-added, and the arts. It reminded me of this book, a great read!

Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm
Gaining Ground: A Story Of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, And Saving The Family Farm

Forrest Pritchard, the author, tells a compelling, sometimes humorous, story of his quest to save the family farm. He read the market and made a choice to become a produce farmer and sell at local farmers' markets and though questioned by family and friends alike, pursued what he believed would save the farm. It's a wonderful story of farming and family in a modern world.

 
The Farmstead Market
The Farmstead Market

The Farmstead Market

Anyplace where we can find handspun wool, handweavings, locally produced foods, sheep milk soap, upcycled totes made from old feed bags, and so much more... it's a happy place. Oh, and did I forget to mention the gelato? It's made on site from their own dairy and creamery. I can't wait to try that. Unfortunately, I filled up on pizza. Fortunately, I'll be going back and will add gelato pictures to this page to make your mouth water.

In the meantime, this is where we started. It's where we got our beverages - they serve Wisconsin beers and wines and a wide selection of hot or cold nonalcoholic beverages as well - and placed our pizza order. We shopped around a bit before the music started and I can't speak for my husband, but I was tempted by many beautiful and delicious-looking products. Again, I'll be going back many times in the future... In the meantime, you can learn more about the Farmstead Creamery & Cafe Market Store here.

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Pizza Farm Nights
Pizza Farm Nights

Wood-Fired Pizzas Every Saturday Night in Summer

The Farmstead Creamery & Cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating, and we were lucky to be there on a night when the outdoor seating was ideal. There were few bugs - unless you're worried about bees busy pollinating flowers and dragonflies gobbling up the rest of the mosquitoes and gnats. The evening was comfortably cool with a little cloud cover but no real threat of rain. We couldn't have ordered a better night!

We ordered our pizza inside, and the gracious hostess wrote up our ticket, which we then delivered to the pizza chef outside by the brick oven. Pizzas are created on a homemade spelt crust and made in the order they were received. The wait for our pizzas - 3 Sheep Pizza with 3 different kinds of amazing cheese and a rich delicious tomato sauce, and a Margherita Pizza, which was anything but typical - was a pleasure with the music, the beautiful farm scenery, and the good company.

Read more about Farmstead Creamery & Cafe Pizza Farm Nights.

Summer Music Series at the Farmstead
Summer Music Series at the Farmstead

Summer Music Series

We thought we were going to see Sons of the Voyageurs a troupe of men who harmonize beautifully, mostly in French, the old songs of the fur traders. We did get to see and hear them, and they were a great treat. They dressed in period clothing, told stories, invited audience participation, and sang wonderful songs from a time gone by.

What we didn't realize we would also be getting was a concert from one of the owner/farmers who plays harp, accompanied by a guitarist. They played lovely folk music as a wonderful backdrop to the evening.

There are 1-2 events per month throughout the summer and fall months. For more information about upcoming events, visit the Farmstead Creamery & Cafe Music Events page.

Is Your Mouth Watering Yet?

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We passed the time with a glass of wine, the music, and good company. The little wooden sheep told our server where to find us with the pizzas.A truly outstanding Margherita Pizza. Sorry, we ate half of it before I remembered to take a picture so you only get to see this little corner.The 3 Sheep Pizza... the flavor reminded me of a particularly good bowl of tomato soup with a perfect grilled cheese melting into it on a cold night.Musicians played under the tent to the right and the small roof just beyond that is where the brick oven is located. Guests dined all around.Chickens clucked and picked at the ground nearby in a movable coop, and the rooster crowed occasionally just in case we forgot we were on a farm.
We passed the time with a glass of wine, the music, and good company. The little wooden sheep told our server where to find us with the pizzas.
We passed the time with a glass of wine, the music, and good company. The little wooden sheep told our server where to find us with the pizzas.
A truly outstanding Margherita Pizza. Sorry, we ate half of it before I remembered to take a picture so you only get to see this little corner.
A truly outstanding Margherita Pizza. Sorry, we ate half of it before I remembered to take a picture so you only get to see this little corner.
The 3 Sheep Pizza... the flavor reminded me of a particularly good bowl of tomato soup with a perfect grilled cheese melting into it on a cold night.
The 3 Sheep Pizza... the flavor reminded me of a particularly good bowl of tomato soup with a perfect grilled cheese melting into it on a cold night.
Musicians played under the tent to the right and the small roof just beyond that is where the brick oven is located. Guests dined all around.
Musicians played under the tent to the right and the small roof just beyond that is where the brick oven is located. Guests dined all around.
Chickens clucked and picked at the ground nearby in a movable coop, and the rooster crowed occasionally just in case we forgot we were on a farm.
Chickens clucked and picked at the ground nearby in a movable coop, and the rooster crowed occasionally just in case we forgot we were on a farm.
The Creamery
The Creamery

North Star Homestead Farms

Like I said earlier, I'll be going back for gelato and more. To describe The Farmstead Creamery & Cafe as a farm, dairy, or place to eat doesn't begin to do it justice, and I want to explore so much more of what they have to offer.

If you can visit the Hayward area and check it out in person, I highly recommend the experience. It's perfect for a special occasion, or just because.

If you can't, it's worth a look at the Farmstead Creamery & Cafe website to see what is possible when three talented women put their minds and their hard work together to support local foods, the arts, and their community.

By the way, the hummingbirds are worth a visit themselves (see the one on top of the feeder?), and you can see some of their dairy sheep, which also get used for their wool in Erindale Tapestry Studio, in the background.

When and where was your last truly special culinary experience? - What made it special?

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      @ecogranny, You have my mouth watering at your description! Thank you for sharing it. I may need to make some tacos for dinner this weekend just to satisfy this new craving. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I enjoyed reading about your anniversary date and this unusual creamery-farm-come-restaurant-nightspot. I could almost get a whiff of the straw-scented fresh air and hear the chickens scratching.

      My last special culinary experience? Hmmmm. That might be Padrecito's in San Francisco last night, as a matter of fact. We had supper there, and the chef definitely knows how to take tacos, enchiladas and salsas to a new level that involves every taste bud. Excellent food that leaves one feeling satisfied and healthy at the same time.