I’m very pleased to bring you this special conversation with Kathy Bures as she shares her thoughts on farming through the years – along with a lot of wonderful photos! – and reflects on their journey with joy and gratitude.
First of all, what is Bures all about?
Bures Berry Patch is located just west of Mt. Horeb in Barneveld. We started with just an acre of strawberries and have grown to around 4 acres of strawberries as well as asparagus, peas, rhubarb, green beans, sunflowers, potatoes, sweet corn, raspberries, squash, pumpkins, egg laying chickens, and more! We grow delicious, local, and healthy produce for you and your family. And what's super cool is that you can even come out to the Patch and pick-your-own strawberries, sugar snap peas, and pumpkins!
At Bures we strive to grow the tastiest produce for you by picking varieties based on flavor not just quantity. We harvest frequently so that you get a seriously fresh product, meaning if you don't get to cooking it right away it won't go to waste. And we really hope that you come to love Patch produce as much as we do!
Usually in May we're picking asparagus and it's our family's favorite vegetable in part because it means once again we're eating fresh from the Patch. Plus, the weather is warming up so we like to get outside and cook. And asparagus does not disappoint on the grill! It's quick, it's easy, and it's delicious! Here’s a recipe we recommend.
More recipes from the Patch to make the most of your picks and purchases can be found Right Here.
Customers are starting to ask “when is strawberry season going to begin,” and the answer is probably sometime between June 15th - 20th. Right now, asparagus and rhubarb are both doing really well but they usually slow down by the time strawberry season gets here, so don’t miss out! During strawberry season we let people come out and pick their own berries as well as sugar snap peas! Plus, we start to dig the first of our baby red potatoes!
What’s the best way for folks to keep up with what’s happening in the Patch?
Signup for our newsletter through our website – www.buresberrypatch.com – and follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram.
What do you love about what you do?
We're really grateful to be in the fresh market farming business. We love getting to know our customers and their families, growing food for our friends and neighbors, and we're really fortunate to be in this business and to have such tremendous support from the community.
When you’re not in the Patch, what do you like to do here in the Driftless?
Our family likes to take hikes at Governor Dodge State Park and climb the towers at sunset at Blue Mounds State Park. We also love checking out the shops on Main St. Mount Horeb and going for walks on the bike trail.
Reflecting back over the 20 years you’ve spent farming your land, what springs to mind about that journey that you’d like to share?
I think the most important thing I can say about being in business for 20 years is that it takes the love and support of an entire family to make it all happen. All our family members have come to help during strawberry season. We’ve had nieces and nephews, sisters and brothers, moms and dads and cousins too, all come to give us a helping hand throughout the years.
It’s kind of like raising a child, it takes a village. Someone was always there to take care of our kids when we needed to be down in the Patch, someone was making us lunch and dinner so we could grab something quick to eat in the Patch, and someone was answering the phones and checking voicemail when we were out in the Patch. We’ve been truly blessed with the helping hands of family and friends.
Sneak Peek at the Market This Week
Campo Di Bella is making another appearance with their artisan vinegars!
And Blue Valley Gardens will be bringing turkey chorizo and asparagus.
This is just scratching the surface, so we hope to see you tomorrow, May 26th, for the rest!