Prairie Junction Farms finds success with pigs, chickens — and toffee

Prairie Junction Farms finds success with pigs, chickens — and toffee

Kristine M. Kierzek

Prairie Junction Farms finds success with pigs, chickens — and toffee

When Bill and Sarah Coulman decided to raise pigs on their land in East Troy, it was about creating food for their family. It’s grown into a business with pigs, chickens, eggs, vegetables and award-winning toffee.

Every member of the family has a part, including their five kids, ranging in age from 6 to 19.

Prairie Junction Farms has three types of toffee for sale — a traditional, a bourbon made with Wisconsin’s Driftless Glen Distillery, and a dark chocolate almond — plus aronia syrup that Sarah Coulman swears by for allergies.

Look for Coulman and her family at local markets, including Burlington, East Troy (Fridays twice a month), Brookfield and Oconomowoc. Prairie Junction Farms toffee is also sold at Sendik’s, West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe and Pop’s Marketplace. Additionally, the family just signed on to sell toffee in the marketplace at the Waukesha County Fair July 20 to 24.

For additional information and ordering, go to prairiejunctionfarms.com

Becoming a farm family

Prairie Junction Farms in East Troy is a family thing for Sarah (upper left) and Bill (in back) Coulman and their five children: clockwise from lower left, Axel, Wyatt, Logan, Stella and Mina.

We are on 5 acres and my husband was working a job where he was out of town all the time. Our 2-year-old said one day when he came home, “Oh, that guy is here.” So we said, what is our biggest expense? food. A family like ours, with five kids ages 6 to 19, it is food. I am already doing a garden. Maybe we’ll get animals, or I’ll get a regular 9-to-5 job.

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