“Our goals are to feed our community with delicious, nourishing produce; to preserve our soil and environment; and to provide our family with meaningful, skilled work. Growing fruit for you is our delight and passion.”
Chris grew up in New York City but fell in love with farming on his grandparents’ farm in Illinois. After college he fell in love with Juli. He has kept faith with both his loves. He is motivated to get out of bed every morning to touch the land and let the weather touch him, to see his family, and to get stuff done. On the farm he is primarily responsible for caring for the trees, marketing our produce, and building and fixing things.
I grew up in Budapest, Hungary. After college I spent a year in upstate New York where I met Chris, and the rest is history. I learned a lot about myself since moving to our farm: I cherish working with Chris, I have a knack for physical labor (this is coming from a city girl), and an eye for perfectly ripe produce. Raising our family on our farm was one of the best decisions in my life, and homeschooling came naturally. I am passionate about feeding my family and community with beautiful, clean and tasty food, and so you will find me raising our own meat, keeping honey bees and baking bread as well as working in the orchard. In 2017 I introduced Juli’s Organic Applesauce and Apple Butter to give new life to our not-so-perfect apples. -Juli
Two Onion Farm is located on 12 acres in Belmont, Lafayette Co., Wisconsin, between Madison and Dubuque. Once covered by prairie and oak savannah, the land here is fertile and high in organic matter, and it was part of a larger crop and livestock farm until the 1990’s. We purchased the farm in 2003 and raised organic vegetables for our community-supported agriculture program from 2005-2018. We were known for the quality and cleanliness of our produce, our attention to detail, and our prompt and responsive attention to our CSA members. In 2012 we started an organic apple orchard alongside our vegetables, and we have gradually expanded our orchard since then. At the end of the 2018 season we stopped growing vegetables; we now focus on apples and are exploring other farm enterprises. Because of a changing marketplace, we realized that vegetables no longer provided the living and quality of life we need from our farm, and we also wanted to raise perennial crops which would protect our hillside soils from erosion. We have developed excellent methods of raising organic apples in the past seven seasons, we are passionate about raising fruit, and we look forward to continuing to grow food for our community!
Caring For the Land
We live on our farm, and we love our farm. We’ve planted pollinator and wildlife habitat and we’ve worked hard to enrich and protect our soil with compost, mulches, cover crops, and permanent waterways. Songbirds, native bees, toads, and mushrooms abound in our orchard. We are proud that much of our farm’s electricity needs are produced by our 15 kilowatt array of solar electric panels.