Foodie Book Club!

There a few things better than curling up with a good book.  How about curling up with a good book about food? Sounds good, right?

Well, we’ve been talking with our friends in the Friends of Real Food Group that meets at the Riverside Urban Ecology Center every month, and have decided to start a book club co-sponsored by Slow Food WiSE and Friends of Real Food!

The book club is open to anyone who is interested, and will be

led, at least for the first few books, by board members …

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A Slow Meat update: better, less

The Slow Meat conference in Denver this June was one heckuva meat meet. All puns aside, mainstream meat production in this country encourages some of the worst practices in livestock management–and moving the dial toward the better would amount to enormous systemic change in an industry fueled by demands of fast and cheap.

So how can we as consumers use our purchasing power to buy good, clean, and fair meat? How do we know how to read labels, source good food, and restructure our plates? Read …

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Slow Meat: down on the farm with Farm 45, LLC

It’s like camping without a tent.. I want them (the sheep) to be as happy and healthy as they can get. –Terry Groth, Farm 45, LLC

A few weekends ago, we enjoyed an afternoon at Farm 45 LLC in Jackson for an event called “BBQ on the Banks”. Owner Terry Groth, together with representatives from Town and Country RC&D and the River Alliance of Wisconsin, accompanied guests on a walking tour to discuss the livestock management techniques he uses to steward his land, its soil and …

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All About – Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries!

All About – Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherries!

Ground cherries (also known as husk tomatoes) were recorded as early as 1837 in Pennsylvania. Aunt Molly’s Ground Cherry is a Polish variety cherished for its unique super sweet taste! They are generally easy to grow.

Ground cherries should start bearing fruit in late July to August and continue until the first frost. If the fruit falls to the ground before they are ripe, don’t worry! Simply gather up the dropped cherries with the husks on and keep them at room temperature …

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Slow Meat: A Meeting of the Minds About Meat

Slow Meat: A Meeting of the Minds About Meat

“I dislike the thought that some animal has been made miserable to feed me. If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” –Wendell Berry

Although Wendell Berry himself wasn’t able to attend the conference, his daughter, Mary, was there to remind us that, though industrial meat production has turned into a global issue, by focusing on your county, town, and …

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Milwaukee and its Apple

Milwaukee and its Apple

Whether during our cold wintery days, or our sizzling summery ones, an apple can always hit the spot, wouldn’t you agree? A crunchy apple can freshen you up, and a smooth apple cider can warm your soul; it’s always a good idea to talk about apples!

The apple fruit has been a symbol for eternal youth, fertility, love and temptation in mythology, religion and art. Here is a quote from Plato which illustrates one of its symbols: “I throw the apple at you, and if you …

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Maggie’s Herbs & Heirlooms

Maggie’s Herbs & Heirlooms

When Bob Dylan said, “I ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s Farm no more”, we’re not sure he had a chance to see Farmer Maggie in action, growing her herbs and heirlooms for home gardens across Southeastern Wisconsin. A former Information Systems Analyst, Maggie in 1999 took her love of herb, vegetable, and flower gardening to the next level and soon after retirement, moved with her husband to their dream “hobby farm” in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. This “hobby farm” now extends across 10 acres with three vegetable plots, …

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Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteer Opportunities!

Bay View Plant Sale

We’re looking for volunteers to help us at the Bay View Plant Sale on Saturday, May 31st. The sale goes from 7:00-1:00 we need volunteers to sign up for a shift either 7 am to 9 am, 9 am to 11 am or 11 am to 1 pm. We’re looking for two people at the booth for each shift. Email Morgan if you’re interested: morgan8908@gmail.com

VGI Blitz

We are also looking for volunteers to make deliveries of Ark of Taste Veggies to people who purchase a …

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Grow Your Own Ark of Taste Garden

Grow Your Own Ark of Taste Garden

Slow Food WiSE is very excited to offer an Ark of Taste Vegetable Set ready to plant in your own home garden. Enjoy the best of the season at the peak of ripeness all summer long.   

The Slow Food Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By growing and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.  

Slow Food WiSE has selected a set of 6 regional vegetable plants that are well suited …

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In Search of SLOW Fish

In Search of SLOW Fish

Photo from Sitka Salmon Shares

Over the last several years, Slow Food has become almost synonymous with local food.  Indeed, shopping locally helps ensure that we are encouraging many of the values of Slow Food.  Although local is not inherently better, when we buy from the farmers in our community, we can see first-hand how the land is being treated, we can see our dollars supporting our local economy, and we know our food is fresher for it has not been picked early and shipped …

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