Whole Fed Homestead
Hello! My name is Crystal, and I’ve always thought I was born in the wrong time period- give me a wood-burning oven, spinning wheel, and butter churn, please! I have always desired to live close to the land. A quaint home, an orchard, a barn, a root cellar, and a garden bigger than most homes; this is the stuff my dreams are made of!
I grew up in the woods of Wisconsin building forts and catching bugs, climbing towering pines, and picking wild blackberries. I had always helped my parents in the garden, but it wasn’t until I learned to cook in college that I really started to appreciate the incredible food coming from our own backyard!
Now, I live with my fiancé Karl on our 19-acre homestead. We live off the land as much as we can, growing a large vegetable garden and a fruit orchard with everything from raspberries and elderberries to antique apple varieties, and more uncommon fruits like Aronia and seaberries. We grow mushrooms, nuts, medicinal plants, and even make our own maple syrup! We raise chickens and honey bees and have dreams of raising pigs and sheep one day. Since I don’t have my own milk cow, I’m really thankful for Kalona SuperNatural dairy products- especially the sour cream, it’s my absolute favorite!