SUPPORTING LOCAL AGRICULTURE
The focus from the beginning was to support local and sustainable agriculture on Washington Island. Historically, Washington Island was known for its potato farming but since the 1970s most of these fields sat fallow. In 2005, agriculture once again returned to the island in the form of five acres of hard red winter wheat. Now nearly 1,000 acres of wheat are grown on the island.
In addition to the wheat, the barley utilized in the gin, vodka and whisky and is grown in Wisconsin in partnership with other farmers. The botanicals for the gin (juniper, coriander seeds, and fennel seeds) are sourced in the state when possible. In fact, the company has an annual juniper harvest festival on Washington Island whereby guests pick wild juniper berries.