How is it that something that isn’t even really a restaurant could be the best restaurant in Wisconsin? Well I don’t know how…but I think it just might be.
Hello all, let me tell you about our idea of a well spent Saturday in the Driftless Area. Our first ”must do” was a walk over to Cafe Ellie to get a cup of latte (a pumpkin spice one for me) made with Kickapoo coffee. Then we made quick stop at a Little Free Library to drop off a book then a walk up High St. toward the farmers’ market. At the market, we spent a good couple of hours chatting with friends and even meeting some new ones (Denise and her husband Doug of the Digging in the Driftless blog). Ollie dog was smothered with hugs and kisses from several little girls. He also made a couple of new furry friends (Ziggy and Emma).
Imagine this, my skin is red with yellow flecks and my body has ballooned into a giant strawberry shape. Yes, this little Strawberry has been as greedy as Violet in Willy Wonka. Hold on a second while Keith rolls me off to the juicing room.
The Best Strawberries
Good morning everyone. I just received a message from one of our favorite local farmers Rink DaVee. He is offering a special Thanksgiving sale through his company website Green and Green. So if you need some greens, root vegetable, cheese, and more, go to the site today and sign up. Orders should be placed by 9PM tonight. Pickup location will be at Atomic Ice in Mineral Point on Wednesday between 4-6 PM. Please spread the word and feel free to give some feedback as he might pursue to expand this service in the future. I’m in, are you?
Care for a bowl of cheddar and fractal soup? No thanks? Just what is that strange, dinosaur-like item below? That my friends is a Romanesco broccoli. A gift from Jenny & Rink of Shooting Star Farm. Something between a standard broccoli and a cauliflower in flavor. The structure is described as fractal because it is built up of one shape that repeats over and over no matter the size. In this case it is self-similarity in spiral pyramid form. Like nature’s matryoshka doll I suppose.
Romanesco Brocolli, Brocoflower, Roman Cauliflower
You’re probably planning on going to the farmer’s market today, right? If so, it’s the perfect time to go ahead and buy that huge box of tomatoes, any kind you want. For ourselves, we bought some beautiful striped Roma tomatoes (I didn’t even know of this variety) from Yellow Barn Farm purely for its loveliness. They also happen to taste as good as they look. Tomato confit is our favorite way of enjoying local tomatoes in the cooler seasons. The recipe is from chef Tory Miller of L’Etoile. We have made them in the late summer three years in a row now.
Matt Sweeny of Simple Earth Hops has recently told me about a great opportunity to help and be involved with his passion for hops. He is fundraising through Kickstarter, a web based platform for creative projects all over the world. The individual/group present their ideas, selects a deadline date, and a monetary goal. They receive funding for their project only if the goal is met by the deadline. Please check it out!
Hello everyone. If you’re looking to do something local, tasty, and fun this weekend then you should attend the 8th Annual Kickapoo Country Fair at Organic Valley in La Farge, WI. Keith and I will be there for the first time this weekend. We are excited about participating in the DIY Artisan Ice Cream & Tasting class, enjoying some music, and getting a chance to meet Will Allen and Andrew Zimmern. If you’ve got kids, there are many activities planned for them. Here is the schedule of events.
Parachute Games photo courtesy of Organic Valley
Will Allen, named one of TIME Magazine’s “World’s Most Influential People” in 2010 and recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant. Allen is among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy and systems and is the founder of Growing Power. Based in Milwaukee, Growing Power serves as a ”living museum” or “idea factory” on sustainable food systems for the young, the elderly, farmers, producers, and other professionals ranging from USDA personnel to urban planners. Training areas include everything from urban agriculture, permaculture and food distribution, to community engagement and participatory leadership.