Our farm: It all started in 2016 when Scott and Megan Lester bought a 65 acre retired seed potato farm 1 mile north of Reserve on Whitefish Stage so they could live with their three children and Megan’s parents.
Megan grew up in a family growing most of their own vegetables in a giant garden that fed their 5 member family nearly all year. The Lesters had already prepared a large space at the farm to grow a huge garden. They’d also spent a lot of time in Europe where local communities feed themselves and saw the really strong connections between people that live in community and the nearby farmers who feed them. Scott and Megan realized people in the U.S. were losing or had already completely lost that connection. They decided they wanted to use their land to produce high quality food for the community and help strengthen the grower/consumer connection here in the Flathead Valley.
In 2017 Whitefish Stage Organic Farms produced an estimated 180,000 pounds of food served up to local folks right here in the valley. What’s more, that food is being irrigated and washed in fresh, clean Montana well water, grown in clean air and soil, and without any pesticides or herbicides.
The farm supports around 12 seasonal jobs and provides all the high quality, delicious vegetables needed for a balanced diet over a 6 month period for hundreds of families and thousands of more consumers. We always knew this farm was special…now we get to share it with our community!
Our beef: Why grass fed? First, grass is what cows are supposed to be eating…and as a result the beef is healthier and it tastes better. You are what you eat applies to cows. Think grass = fresh veggies, while corn = junk food. Long before cows were mass produced in corn-fed, feedlot, meat factories, they ate grass on pasture. Fortunately, here in Montana, we have more cows and acres than people. So for those of us that know better, we can get high quality grass fed beef, not pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones, at reasonable prices. And in the case of our beef, we know exactly where our beef comes from…Across the street from our Farm! Mike makes sure his Angus cows are 100% grass fed and finished without any growth hormones or antibiotics! He keeps his herd relatively docile, so it’s the tenderest grass-fed beef we’ve ever had. We carry this beef in our store. We feed it to ourselves, our friends and our children. And we use it in the hamburgers at the Maze event every fall! Needless to say, we’re pretty proud of it! Every time we make this available we have repeat customers.
September 14 – October 27: Local Whitefish Stage Straw BEAR Maze & Pumpkin Patch. Family activities fall pumpkin patch and straw bail Maze. Included with the pumpkin patch is a hay wagon ride, barrel train, off-road peddle bikes, jumpy pillow, bungee trampoline, barn jungle gym, tiny farm animals, straw pyramid, no-left hand turns maze, you-pick pumpkin patch and more! Also the food truck; with farm fresh food including hand dipped corn dogs, the famous Farm Burger, apple cider churros, fresh cut fried, homemade hot apple cider and more! Open Saturdays and Sundays 11:00am – 6:00pm!