A Slice of Country: Pizza Farms in Wisconsin
Savoring the day
The farmer wielding the pizza paddle is Heather Secrist, who grew up near here. She left the Midwest, only to return by way of these 16 acres. Greener pastures I can't imagine. She began selling vegetables to locals in 2003, adding wood-fired pizza night a few years later to counteract the unpredictability of farming.
A bell clangs, and our number appears above the pick-up window. Within minutes, we dig into pie topped in squash, carrots, onion, basil; another in artichokes, kalamata olives and feta; both heaped with cheese.
As I close the box on the leftovers and pack up, I'm savoring the pizza almost as much as the blend of country drive, relaxing location and tasty local food. It shouldn’t be hard finding a partner for Pizza Farm Adventure: Part III.
Suncrest Gardens Farm is open Thursdays in May, Thursdays and Fridays June through August, and Fridays in September. Pizza from $18. (608) 626-2122; suncrestgardensfarm.com
Click to the next slide for links to pizza recipes from Stone Barn and Suncrest Gardens Farm.
(A version of this story appeared in Midwest Living® May/June 2011.)