August 3, 2017
By Ed Byrne
The Brillion News
MAPLE GROVE – If the idea of living in paradise appeals to you, a preview is available at Solaris Farms, just west of Manitowoc County W on Taus Road.
You can’t live there, but a visit is possible until the middle of August.
The farm produces peonies and daylilies – and several other plant varieties. Its “open season” is a short window: from July 5 to August 13; Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the farm is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The owners are Nate and Kim Bremer, and they’ve been stewards of the land at Solaris Farms for 20 years.
“My father probably got me interested [in horticulture]. Growing up, we grew orchids in a greenhouse,” Nate said.
His family actually collected wild orchids in Guatemala and Mexico when he was a young man in high school.
He hybridized orchids when he lived in Neenah, and then his father got him interested in daylilies.
“I started hybridizing those, too,” Nate said.
His interest in daylilies outgrew their Neenah home, and the Bremers found an old vacant farm on Taus Road for sale. It needed a new well and new septic system, but all of the essentials of paradise were there – and it was perfect for growing daylilies and peonies, and for raising kids.
Their son Ethan is now a chemist in Sheboygan and their daughter Emma works in business management.
“They kind of helped build this place, but that helped pay for their college education,” Nate said. And the children got to work side by side with their mother and father – a huge plus for both generations.
Today, the Bremers employ a group of high school and college-age young men and women from the Brillion and Reedsville communities.
“We want to continue that. It’s a little more work having young employees because they need more guidance,” Nate said. “It usually works out. The ones who have been around for a few years bring the other ones along. A lot of them don’t know how to work when they get here … That’s part of our goal too, to continue with the youngsters.”
So maybe the Solaris Farms website should say the Bremers grow lilies, peonies and young souls.
Please see the complete story in the August 3, 2017 edition of The Brillion News.