Location: North of Sturgeon Bay at 4724 Mathey Road
Acreage: 20 acres
Meet your growers: Josiah Robben and Joe Lopez, plus farm dogs Judy and Dexter
Josiah Robben and Joe Lopez have been growing and selling vegetables and flowers for 17 seasons in Door County, following in the footsteps of Robben’s grandparents’ self-sustaining family farm in northern Minnesota. Since the beginning, they have worked to grow crops and flowers in an organic, sustainable way.
“In the early years of the farm, I’d talk to my grandma and get growing tips,” Robben said, “and I would tell her about using all organic practices until finally she said, ‘I don’t know what you mean by this word “organic.” What is that? You mean just regular farming?’”
Lopez also grew up in a family that appreciated everything the earth could provide.
“My family taught me to pay respect to and appreciate the land,” he said. “That it provides for us while we are here – we must honor it. We wanted our community to benefit from what the land could provide locally.”
Robben and Lopez take the community aspect of CSA – community-supported agriculture – very seriously, offering the acres of their land to their CSA members to enjoy for hiking, camping and as a good place for families with active kids to play outside.
Currently growing: Vegetables, herbs, flowers and succulents. You’ll find broccoli, collards, cabbage, kale, tomatoes, peppers (from mild to hot), onions, eggplant, chard, carrots, beets, radishes, green and yellow beans, okra, squash, zucchini, tomatillos, cabbage, basil, chives, lovage, mint, cilantro, fennel, dill, leeks and more.
Specialty items: The farm offers a CSA Food Share program of weekly, biweekly or one-time boxes of produce. In the fall, participants will start to find canned salsas, hot sauce and other pantry goodies to store for the winter. And as the holidays draw near, a wreath-making operation begins to create masterfully arranged holiday wreaths for families and businesses.
New in 2020: Robbens Nest Farm’s new barn was finished during the summer of 2019, and in addition to farm-equipment storage space, the barn provides space to expand the farm’s weekly, freshly cut flower-delivery service.
“With folks quarantined, it is handy to have an arrangement brought to their door,” Lopez said. “People can sign up on our website, and each week, a fresh arrangement is brought to them, or they can pick it up from the farm on the weekend if they choose.”
How to get the goods: The farm stand is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am – 6 pm. Call to arrange other times. Order CSA Food Share boxes and fresh flower bouquets online at robbensnestfarm.com. Robben and Lopez also plan to start selling at a farmers’ market later this season. Follow Robbens Nest Farm on Facebook (facebook.com/robbensnestfarm) for updates.