Starting Out: Get to know farmers and CSAs for keto success

Keto food collection

We knew early in our experience with good-food making our eating habits needed to be remodeled. Habits for keto success started with simple things such as removing sugar. We had to stop buying snacks with modified ingredients. Among other changes, we prioritized buying fresh– farm-fresh– produce.

It was only a matter of time before we found local farms ready to provide not only the basics (beans, beets, onions, radishes, carrots, tomatoes, peppers) but exotic items such as bok choy, ginger, and fermented kim chi, olive tapenades, and prepared fish (sardines).

Before we knew it, we had sourced all our meat, vegetables, dairy from several local farmers who also were our neighbors during a time without farm markets. Weekly deliveries during the pandemic replaced our farm-market Saturdays; online previews of what was being harvested helped us plan our menus to make the freshest meals.

This is the same experience and process we use now to create our weekly dinner plans.

Today, we’re almost 100% supported by local farms and small-batch food makers for our #whatsfordinner features. We have become members in cooperatives and farm hands to contribute to the cause of making good food affordable and available.

CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs, are available from all of the farms in this post. They all offer our community fresh, local, organic produce and other artisan supplies that are naturally-grown, non-GMO (some even from aquaponic or other specialty farming practices).

On certain farms, the advance purchase of a box of produce through a CSA each week provides someone in need with a job. As our friends at Riverview Gardens say, “the best part is, by purchasing a CSA, you are supporting our non-profit mission and transforming lives right here in the Fox Cities!”

Take a look at the opportunities to support area farms!

CSAs in the Fox Cities

Ledgeview Gardens, DePere


Ledgeview Gardens is a small, family owned business specializing in sustainable, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. We started in 2001 with just a few hydroponic greenhouses and a big dream. We have learned a lot in the past 17 years and we are devoted to providing fresh, pesticide-free, quality food to our local community.

source: Ledgeview Gardens

Produce with Purpose, Fond du Lac


Our goals are simple. Produce quality food at reasonable prices…
make it accessible to all demographics. Stay sustainable in all we do.

While we are not certified organic, we practice sustainable methods. We are all about soil. Our goal is to leave the soil in much better shape than what we found it thru adding organic matter and using no harmful pesticides. In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.

Actual photo of produce purchased from Produce with Purpose.

The Garden, Neenah


Our market garden operation is beyond labels. Terms like ‘Organic’ and ‘non-GMO’ are worn out and have many hidden meanings and fine print. We use eco-friendly practices to guarantee terrific produce, flowers, and greens. We practice no-till gardening to help ensure the healthiest soil for our crops and the earth.

source: The Garden

Riverview Gardens, Appleton


Riverview Gardens’ founders saw the beautiful, prominent property as an opportunity to address critical community needs in a completely new way. Riverview Gardens is the collaborative transformation of a 72-acre golf course and related country club resulting in a certified-organic urban farm on former golf course fairways and hydroponic greenhouses, one of which is built over the country club pool.

source: Riverview Gardens