• Fearing Angus Farm

  • Stoney Ridge Fruit Farm

  • Dandelion Ridge Farm

  • Weston School Dairy Sheep Barn

  • Narrows Creek Winery

  • Ernest Hupeden’s Painted Forest

Welcome to the:

Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: A Celebration of Rural Living

The 1st Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour was a Smashing Success!  Thank you to everyone who came out and explored!  We are delighted to announce a 2nd Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour. 

Save the dates:

Hill and Valley Exploration Tour:
A celebration of rural living
October 6–7 and 13–14, 2018

Two autumn weekends to explore farm traditions.
Area farms open their doors to welcome you!
xperience farm living first hand!

About the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour:

Occurring on the first two full weekends in October, the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour:  A celebration of rural living is a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful hills and valleys, view the fall colors, shop the fall harvest at rural farms, restaurants and businesses, and learn about the vibrant small farm economy of Northern Sauk and Richland Counties!  Prepare yourself to explore and experience farm and rural living first hand! Feed the Calves. Walk the Fields. Harvest Honey. Create beautiful Farm Arts and Crafts. Take a Hay Wagon Ride with beautiful vistas. Learn about farming. Visit Folk Art Sites. Find Vintage Treasures. Share history with your neighbors. And so much more.

Don’t forget to bring your mud boots and an extra sweater.  Grab the cooler to fill with farm fresh meats, cheeses, honey, preserves and veggies. It is good ole, country-​style fun – rain or shine.

Come and Join the Fun!


Watch our Website and Blog, and Join our email List for Information Updates Including Participating Farms, Restaurants, Businesses and Events!

Tour Venues

Meet Your Local Professionals

Lisa Buttonow

Branding Iron Roadhouse,
Farm-​to-​Fork Eatery,
Lime Ridge

Welcome to the Branding Iron Roadhouse, Main Street, Lime Ridge, WI, established 2011.  The Branding Iron is a true farm-​to-​fork restaurant serving delicious food, cooked to order, and made from locally grown beef and other locally-​produced products.

Doreen and Michael Whiteside

Buck Wild Ranch,
Family Farmstead,
La Valle

New­ly found­ed in 2014 by Michael and Doreen White­side — two city folks with a dream to live a sim­pler life and a pas­sion for clean food and agri­cul­tur­al prac­tices. We grow buck­wheat, a pseu­do grain (actu­al­ly a seed) that is high in essen­tial min­er­als and antiox­i­dants and is gluten free. Buck­wheat has many health ben­e­fits and makes won­der­ful kasha, noo­dles, tea and PANCAKES! And while we love the deli­cious, healthy prod­ucts we get from our buck­wheat, its main pur­pose is to feed our bees.

Sid Cook, Owner; Patty Koenig, Business Manager

Carr Valley Cheese Co, La Valle

Nestled amongst the rolling hills and lush pastures of central Wisconsin, Carr Valley Cheese remains a staple of Wisconsin cheesemaking tradition.  Stop by our retail store and try any one of our over 100 varieties of cheese; you will be greeted with a warm smile and a staff eager to answer all your cheese related questions!

Edgewood College, David Wells, Director

Ernest Hupeden’s Painted Forest, Valton, WI

Between 1899 and 1902, Ernest Hupeden, a German folk painter, covered the complete interior of Valton’s Modern Woodmen of America meeting hall with vivid, imaginative scenes presenting the vision and aspirations of this fraternal society.  Edgewood College maintains this restored folk art treasure, fostering its educational role through programs open to the general public.  E846 Painted Forest Drive, Valton WI 53968

Steve Fearing

Fearing Angus Natural Freezer Beef, La Valle

Fearing Angus Natural Freezer Beef is a family farm located in the unglaciated hills of NW Sauk County.  We raise Angus Beef and Club Calves.  All our animals are humanely-​treated, naturally-​grown, pasture-​raised, and whole-​grain supplemented.  That’s a lot of adjectives to describe our beef, but each one means something very specific for us, and, for you, the beef consumer.

Sandy and Melvin Smith

Narrows Creek Gardens,
La Valle

Narrows Creek Garden is a 3rd generation family farm operated by Sandy and Melvin Smith. We are focusing on growing Aronia berries, an emerging ‘super fruit’ that may aid in fighting cancer, lowering cholesterol, and helping control diabetes.  Aronia berries, also known as a chokeberry, are used for juice, jelly, wine, and additions for both color and flavor to yogurt, sauces and an endless variety of other food products.

Dean and Vicky Baumgarten

Narrows Creek Winery, Loganville

The winemakers and owners of this fledgling winery are Dean and Vicky Baumgarten. Opening late summer, we hope you will come and give us a LOOK and a TASTE.  We are located on Narrows Creek Road, about 1 mile off of Hwy 23, north of Loganville, WI.

John Bergman

Stoney Ridge Fruit Farms, Loganville

Rooted on the top of a ridge outside of Loganville, Stoney Ridge Fruit Farm is unapologetically simple. It is a stone’s throw from where owner, John Bergman, was born and raised. Inspired by the many heirloom and historic apples, and the thousands of different varieties, John started planting the orchard in 2008. There are now nearly 350 trees, including 130 varieties, in the ground.

Don and Dorothy Harms

Valley Springs Farm and Bed and Breakfast, Reedsburg

Don and Dorothy Harms operate a working dairy and beef farm which offers the sights and sounds of the country – from Sandhill cranes returning in the spring to newborn Red Angus calves frolicking in the pasture with their mommas.

Peter Kinsman

Dandelion Ridge Farm, Lime Ridge

Joyce Ihde

Old School Art Asylum, Lime Ridge

Visit Joyce’s Art Studio/​Gallery where she will be displaying her paintings of rural life. Take a little of the beauty home with you by means of a new painting for your wall or some greeting cards to share with family and friends. She will be doing two step-​by-​step painting classes for those who want to join in the fun. Guest Artists will also be there creating and selling their work!

Patricia Duren

Patricia Duren Art Studio, Cazenovia

I’ve been interested in art since I was a kid. After art school, and retiring from a position as a graphic designer, I now carve out time and space for my art exploration. My recent move from Madison to Cazenovia (70 miles NW of Madison), has given me a larger studio space and an endless supply of inspiring landscapes to paint. I look forward to showing you my paintings during the 2018 Hill and Valley Exploration tour.

Sue Louis, Student/​ Family and Community Relations Coordinator; Randi Osborne, Agriculture Educator

Weston School District, Cazenovia

The Weston School District, in beautiful Sauk and Richland counties, is situated on 60 acres in the midst of cornfields and woodlands. Even though the district is small, Weston’s 300 preK -12 grade students experience a challenging academic environment with a wide array of athletic, artistic, technical, vocational, exploratory, and college level course offerings. Our “hands-​​​on” curriculum keeps students excited about learning.

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