Waseda Farms

The farm's rolling hills were formed when the glaciers were melting and left large deposits of gravel and the melting ice made rivers around them. Immediately to the north and south, lower flat land not having these types of gravel deposits can be seen.

The farm was known as the Collins Dairy Farm when it was acquired by Philip R and Eleanor (Kavanaugh) O'Brien who ran it as a dairy farm and it became known as the O'Brien Farm. In the 1950s, the O'Brien's gave the farm to the Priests of Sacred Heart who ran it for forty-seven years.

The priests named the farm, Waseda Farm, for the serenity of the tall pines on the property. The Brothers used the farm as a work area. The retreat used the three hundred and sixty acres and miles of trails for meditation and reflection.

The priests left behind grottoes, crosses and sitting areas to add to the quiet serene atmosphere. Today a different Catholic order, The Catholic Youth Expeditions, uses the trails and visits the fourteen foot cross mounted on the highest peak of the farm. The view from the cross spans over twenty miles of Door County's beautiful terrain.

In 2008, Thomas Lutsey was greatly moved after reading Michael Pollan's book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma." He and his family owned a small herd of cattle west of Waseda Farms. He decided to purchase Waseda Farms with the dream of raising all natural grass fed organic beef in the middle of Door County, Wisconsin. The same type of dream his father had.

Mr. Lutsey's father, Thomas H. Lutsey, was raised on a farm near Angelica, Wisconsin. He believed that hard work and diligence were essential to success. In 1933, the family farm called the Jersey Dairy, began processing milk for distribution in Green Bay. Fascinated by a new idea, he began making ice cream. That evolved into the creation of "Paddle Pops", which were quarts of ice cream sliced into tenths then dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts and served on a stick.

Gold Bond Ice Cream was established in 1945 and milk production was phased out entirely and focus became ice cream and ice cream novelties. By 1986, with the help of his son, there were 6 production facilities around the United States serving all of North America.

The circle of life has brought the Lutsey family back to the farm.

Waseda Farms Market

330 Reid St.

De Pere, WI 54115

920-632-7271

Open 9-7 Daily

 

Waseda Farms 

Country Store

7281 Logerquist Road

Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

920-839-2222

Open 9-5 Mon-Saturday

Open 10-5 Sunday

 

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