Snug Haven Farm, family-owned and operated for over a century, is located in the driftless area in the south-western corner of Dane County. Nestled in a valley at the end of a mile long driveway, the farm is down in a valley that opens to the south, providing us with ample sun and sheltering us from the harsh north winter winds, hence the name, Snug Haven.
After three generations as a dairy farm, we transitioned into a low-tech growing operation as we continue into the fourth and fifth generations of this family farm. Most of our crops are grown within our thirteen hoop houses. Added up, nearly all the land we grow on comprises less than two acres.
Our goal is to produce high quality, fresh, chemical-free food and flowers to people in our area. After transitioning from a dairy farm, we began focusing on hoop house spinach and tomatoes. Soon after, we added cut-flowers and many other annual food crops. Recently, we added honey and oats to our long line of products.
Most people begin their growing season in the spring, but for us it seems to start in September. That’s when we plant our spinach. At that point almost all our other crops are removed from the hoop houses and we start fresh with spinach. Known for our “frost-sweetened” spinach, we plant the seeds in September and harvest from November to May. Due to the freezing and thawing process of the winter clime, the sugar content of the spinach is increased until it becomes incredibly sweet, thick, and hearty. By early November the spinach is ready to harvest and we continue harvesting it into May.
In February we begin starting seeds for future crops. Flower bulbs go in the ground shortly after and arugula is seeded. April is the month to plant our heirloom tomatoes. Our hoop houses allow us to extend the season by starting earlier and growing throughout the cold Wisconsin winter.
We have decided to grow some things outdoors. Our peppers, onions, garlic, oats, and honey are all outside for various reasons. Sometimes it’s nice to be farming out under the open sky.
Flower shares are available starting in the spring. Flowers are also available upon request for weddings and special occasions. Contact Danielle for further information.
Due to our intensive growing area and our belief to produce high quality crops, it is critical for us to pay close attention to soil health. A very strict crop rotation practice is followed using cover crops, organic matter inputs, mineral supplements, and intensive hand weeding. Soil health is of utmost importance because it is the root of our farm, our crops and our lives.
We strive to educate children and customers on where their food comes from and to make it available to people in our area. During the winter our farm provides spinach to the REAP Food Group’s Farm to School Snack Program. Past educational events have included field trips for area schools. Current markets include a winter spinach and organic rolled oats CSA and a summer flower CSA, the year-round Dane County Farmers’ Market, and restaurants in Chicago and Madison.