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 …Read More »
Terra Madre, or Mother Earth in Italian, is a day dedicated to the celebration of local foods. You can join in the celebration by enjoying our locally produced foods or an endangered food item. Like endangered animals, many unique traditional foods are facing the risk of disappearing. In order to slow this process down and highlight these unique food products, Slow Food has established the Ark of Taste. The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of distinct foods that are vanishing. Over 200 foods …Read More »
“Growing peaches is gambling,” Andrew Klauck of County Line Orchard says with a knowing smile. Like any good entrepreneur, he likes to take calculated risks. When he began the journey of growing peaches in Wisconsin, Klauck’s family told him that he was crazy. His children said that peaches could not be grown on Wisconsin soil in Wisconsin weather. A nearby neighbor sold peaches, but he brought them up from Michigan.
Cheryl, his wife and partner in the family farm, says that he “likes to prove people …Read More »
Oh my pepperazzi has there has been a lot of coverage on the Beaver Dam Pepper this month! The pepper has been discussed on two radio stations, AM1170 WFDL and Wisconsin Public Radio, mentioned in in the news locally and out of state, been the topic of conversation at a Friends of Real Food event, featured in a cooking demonstration at the South Shore Farmers’ Market & Fondy Farmers’ Market, and there’s still more to come!
Here are the answers to some of the questions we have gotten about …Read More »
Special offer for September!
Join or renew your membership with Slow Food USA and select Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast as your local chapter! For every member who joins/renews with us this September, Slow Food WiSE will send you your very own packet of Beaver Dam Pepper Seeds!
Visit Slow Food USA’s website to join or renew now! Slow Food Membership is a tax-deductible donation and goes towards promoting good, clean, and fair food for all! There is room for everyone at our table!
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What’s in Season in Wisconsin?
Communities around the state are bustling at local farmers’ markets. Within the last week, I visited two of them, one in Sheboygan and the other in Madison, Wisconsin. The fruits and vegetables at Farmers’ Markets can sometimes be overwhelming, and it can be a challenge to think of no-fuss ways of getting that fresh market food onto the table. This article features what’s available and shares a few ideas for meal planning.
Berries and Rhubarb: The Pies Have It
Rain hit the earth …Read More »
Last month Carolyn Swabek and I had the wonderful opportunity to be able to attend the national Slow Food Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The conference opened with an energetic and promising discussion by Katherine Deumling, Chair of the Slow Food USA Board of Directors and Richard McCarthy, the new Executive Director of Slow Food USA. They discussed the refocusing of Slow Food’s mission to better serve local chapters and to focus on equity and inclusion in all programs. They also cautioned us …Read More »
Wading through the endless rows of plants and flowers at Weber’s Greenhouses, there are several things that are hard to miss: Franz, his jovial dog and sidekick, Basil, and the feelings of energy and anticipation that pulse through a place brimming with so much new life. Franz Weding has operated Weber’s Greenhouses for roughly four years, though the business was first established in 1931. His mission is simple and sincere: to grow healthy plants from non-GMO seeds, in a safe and natural way, free of harmful pesticides …Read More »
Ahead of the City of Milwaukee’s compost bin and rain barrel truckload sale, DPW Recycling Assistant Becky Curtis shares some great ways that composting and rainwater harvesting help the environment, our wallets, and our community.
As warm weather moves in, our thoughts turn to lush gardens filled with fresh produce and yards full of beautiful flowers. Where does it all start? Healthy soil and water, of course! Composting and rainwater harvesting are great ways to boost crop and flower yields, conserve resources, reduce waste, and much, …Read More »
We all know how easy it can be to drive down to the local garden center and pick up a few “six packs” of tomatoes and petunias to start a home garden. But for many gardeners, the benefits of starting their own seedlings far outweigh this convenience. If you do not already, below are five reasons to consider starting your own plants this year.
Nurseries tend to only stock a small number of tried-and-true varieties that people are familiar with. ‘Big Boy’ hybrids are often the …Read More »