Red Oak OJ Dairy
Hello there! I’m Glenn Knutson and I co-own and operate Red Oak OJ Dairy Farm with my son, Cody, his wife, Selina, and my wife, Patty. Our family farm rests in the heart of small town Leon, Wis. – just outside of Sparta, Wis.
Patty and I have three children, who are not so much children anymore. Along with our son Cody, we have two daughters, Jill and Ashley, who are moved out with careers of their own. Jill teaches in Onalaska, Wis. and Ashley works for Kwik Trip headquarters in La Crosse, Wis. And thanks to them, we are blessed with five wonderful grandchildren.
I am a third generation farmer. I grew up on this farm with my parents, Ole and Janice Knutson. After high school, I decided to continue on with the family legacy of dairy farming. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I love that I get to spend each and every day outside working with Mother Nature – even in the cold! Just give me a hooded jacket and I’m good to go. There’s nothing better than the smell of the fresh outdoors and the freedom that comes with it.
I’m proud to work alongside my son, Cody. I’m glad we share the same love for the land and that he has also chosen to continue on the family legacy. Plus, if my wife and I want to take the day off to enjoy ourselves, we have Cody and Selina to keep everything running while we’re gone.
We milk 45 cows on roughly 220 acres of land. The name, Red Oak OJ, came to be because we used to raise pure breed Red Oak cows for the local 4H. And then the, “OJ,” is a combination of my parents’ initials in honor of them.
We have been proudly providing Westby Cooperative Creamery with high-quality milk for quite some time now. I have fond memories of the Westby milk man that would stop by our farm when I was younger. He was a stern man, but my brother and I could always get a laugh out of him.
Red Oak OJ Dairy Farm has pretty much been the same old small, family farm as its always been. Although in 1999, my dad started building cabins on our land so that we could run a bed and breakfast for folks passing by. Today, we have three cabins that make up our small business, Grapevine Log Cabins. Our guests tell us they love staying with us because it reminds them of home. Most of them grew up around farming as well, so they appreciate being so close to the farm during their stay.
If you’re ever in the area we would love to have you! Visit www.grapevinelogcabins.com or give us a call at (608) 269-3619 to start planning your stay today!