World Class Wisconsin Cheese, Saxony Roots in the Soil

World Class Wisconsin Cheese, Saxony Roots in the Soil

Saxony, The Featured Cheese

Jerry Heimerl

Saxon Homestead Creamery may be the next frontier for a unique understanding of the terroir of Wisconsin. The combination of location, geology of the soil, average humidity, rainfall, wind, and other climate conditions that can make a wine distinctive, also make the creamery’s namesake cheese, Saxony, distinctive.

“I never really believed it when people talked about the terroir of foods, or recognizing the region of origin of a cheese just by its taste, but now I know it’s true,” Jerry Heimerl …

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Celebrating our Regional Diversity – Beaver Dam Pepper & Ark of Taste

Celebrating our Regional Diversity – Beaver Dam Pepper & Ark of Taste

Celebrating Our Regional Biodiversity

The Beaver Dam Pepper: An Ark of Taste Success Story
The Ark of Taste, Slow Food’s catalogue of more than 800 rare, regional, and extraordinary foods from around the world, has worked to bring back several delicious foods from the brink of extinction.

 

One such success story is Wisconsin’s own Beaver Dam Pepper.  This year the large, crisp fruits, just now blushing red in my gardens, are spicier than I’ve ever tasted them before…maybe the horrid drought & heat is responsible for the extra lovely heat …

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Take the Eat Local Challenge

Take the Eat Local Challenge

Did you know that the average ingredient in a North American meal travels over 1,500 miles to reach your plate?

It’s true. Now imagine the impact that distance has upon the freshness of the food we’re eating, the amount of fuel that’s used to transport that food, and the farms which grow that food.

Does it make you think?

If you’re like many Americans, you’re becoming more aware of the impact your buying decisions have on your health, the economy, and the earth.

During the Milwaukee Eat Local Challenge, …

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The Farm in My Backyard

The Farm in My Backyard

A Retrospective

After visiting a few farms this year, I felt inspired. I wanted to get in touch with my “inner farmer,” on the assumption that she existed. On each farm, whether urban or countryside, I felt peace on the property, a desire for natural growth, for the nourishment of animals and plants in a healthy way. There was a “oneness” to the way the farmers saw the soil, animals, plants, and the cycle of the sun and seasons. I wondered, “would it be possible to …

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Maryland Avenue School Garden

Maryland Avenue School Garden

The Slow Food WISE Learning Garden at Maryland Avenue Montessorri, an MPS school on Milwaukee’s Eastside, was planted the last week of May by the students along with the help of parents and Slow Food volunteers.

watering seedlings

The raised gardens, which were built last year, stand on asphalt adding some much appreciated greenspace to the school grounds. The gardens, which use principals from “square-foot gardening,” give the kids an opportunity to connect with nature but also to apply skills in measurement and planning.

The goal for the 3rd and 6th grade …

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Johnny Appleseed or Johnny Apple Scion?

Johnny Appleseed or Johnny Apple Scion?

Last September I finally had the pleasure of shaking Tony Dembski’s hand and walking through his orchard, Maple Valley Orchard, as he picked out apple after apple for me to taste. It was an honor to finally meet him, you see, not only because Slow Food WiSE had been working with him from afar for two years, and not only is he a rare sentinel of apple biodiversity, but he also tends the only adult Milwaukee Apple tree that we know. It is his Milwaukee …

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