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Tracy's Farm Bus
As promised, here’s a little more info on Tracy’s Farm Bus, from Tracy, herself. A new way to get local food in Rock County and surrounding areas.
Hello farm-fresh food fans!
My name is Tracy Thompson, owner of Tracy’s Farm Bus, which will launch later this month! Growing up on a dairy farm in Richland County, I understand the true value of wholesome farm-fresh meat and produce, and Tracy’s Farm Bus is my way to deliver it right to your doorstep!
I grew up on my grandparents’ dairy farm in Bear Valley Wisconsin. We primarily milked Holstein cows but also raised poultry. After graduating from River Valley High School I spent more than a decade in Chicago, where I received two degrees: a bachelor’s in business administration and a catering and personal chef certificate from Kendall College. I met my husband, Tim, in 2009 and soon after moved back to Wisconsin.
We’ve called Milton home for the past four years. Tim and I decided early into our relationship that our dream was to own a small farm in the country where we could grow our own food and raise livestock. We found our dream property in the summer of 2012; it’s now known as High Five Acres, where we raise meat and dairy goats, chickens, turkey, ducks and geese.
Like everyone at Farmer At Your Door, Tim and I believe in the health benefits of consuming local, farm-fresh food whenever possible, not to mention the added community and economic benefits that result from supporting family farms. Tim and I registered with Farmer at Your Door in 2013 as both producers and consumers and immediately fell in love with the concept.
Farmer at Your Door made me think about how I could help provide even more people with access to farm-fresh food — especially those who may not have access to them in close proximity to their homes — and Tracy’s Farm Bus was born! Rick and Diedre have been strong supporters of my efforts to build this business and I feel completely blessed by their “we’re all in this together” attitude.
The goal of Tracy’s Farm Bus is similar to that of FAYD: To offer the same high-quality, fresh food that members have come to rely on, but with some expanded options that we believe our customers will find useful. Our mission is to offer only products that have been produced by small, family farms in Wisconsin, to provide more seasonal choices, and to provide home delivery six days per week.
Initially, Tracy’s Farm Bus will serve customers in Rock and parts of Dane, Green, Jefferson and Walworth counties. Online ordering is available 24/7 with delivery right to your doorstep as early as 10 a.m. the following day on most items.
As Tracy’s Farm Bus grows we will expand our service area and make house calls, providing customers a “shop straight from the bus” experience at their home. Our long-term plan is to purchase a refrigerated delivery truck, allowing us to make extended stops in neighborhoods, at community events and the like.
Our farm, High Five Acres, is just one of many that will source food for Tracy’s Farm Bus. In addition, several Farmer at Your Door producers have expressed interest in sourcing, as well. We welcome anyone who wants to participate. No farm is too small!
Our website, located at http://www.tracysfarmbus.com, is being built, but for now, please “like” Tracy’s Farm Bus on Facebook. We’ll also be at the Shop Local Expo in Janesville on Sunday, Nov. 3 to meet everyone, answer questions and sell some of our locally sourced products!
I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I am!