September Membership Drive

September Membership Drive

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!

http://www.slowfoodusa.org/ways-of-giving 

 

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Farm to Fork

Farm to Fork

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 …

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Slow Food National Leadership Conference

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 …

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Our Local Gardener

Our Local Gardener

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 …

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Composting and Rainwater Harvesting in the City

Composting and Rainwater Harvesting in the City

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, …

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Seed Starting

Seed Starting

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.

1. Selection.

Nurseries tend to only stock a small number of tried-and-true varieties that people are familiar with. ‘Big Boy’ hybrids are often the …

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The Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin

The Farm Fresh Atlas of Southeastern Wisconsin

The Farm Fresh Atlas is a great resource to local and sustainable food in our community.  Slow Food WISE board member, Paula Stone, provides a reflection on her family’s journey to discovering good, clean and fair food in Southeastern Wisconsin…and how you can too!  

Four years ago, my family and I were fortunate to relocate to Milwaukee, just as we were beginning the journey of eating more local and seasonal food. As long time amateur chefs, my husband and I always liked to work with …

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MKE Apple News

MKE Apple News

Grow it to save it!

Preserve this endangered fruit by adopting your own Milwaukee Apple tree!  Click here for details.

For Current MKE Apple Tree Growers:

Did you adopt a bench grafted tree last year?  If so—it’s time to get pruning! Some orchardists prune year round (if you have hundreds of trees  it’s a year round job!) but our experts tell us that we are approaching the best time of year to prune: during the dormant season when the weather is mild (above freezing.)  Here are some resources …

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Help Protect Wild Rice

Help Protect Wild Rice

Real wild rice is at risk of disappearing.   

Manoomin, the “good grain” in Anishinaabeg, the only grain native to Northern America, the richly delicious and nutritious aquatic seed that is a keystone traditional food of Anishinaabeg (Chippewa) people has yet another threat to its existence. Unique to the Upper Great Lakes’ region, Manoomin, which is on Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste (and one of only seven US Presidia) for its amazing depth and diversity of flavors and its rich cultural heritage, is respected around the …

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Turkey Musings

Turkey Musings

It’s been a couple weeks now since many of us carved up a Thanksgiving turkey. Was it cooked right, juicy and tasty? Or was it a little lacking?

About 7 years ago, my wife Dara and I started getting a locally raised heritage turkey for Thanksgiving dinner every year. After a number of years of eating vegetarian, and an unfamiliarity with cooking any kind of meat, we found ourselves bewildered as to where the gizzard and such were until we realized we were looking in the …

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