2012 Heritage Turkey Producer List

2012 Heritage Turkey Producer List

Its time to get your heritage turkey for Thanksgiving! Slow Food WiSE’s Heritage Turkey Project promotes the restoration of heritage breed turkeys in our region by pairing farmers with eaters.  As opposed to the Broad Breasted White turkey that dominates our industrial food system and tables, heritage breeds such as the Narragansett, Bourbon Red, and Blue Slate have varying foraging, tending and flavor characteristics.

Here’s our 2012 list of local farms offering heritage turkeys for Thanksgiving. We realize this is an incomplete list–please let us know …

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Taking Care of Your Heritage Apple Trees: The Cold Season

Taking Care of Your Heritage Apple Trees: The Cold Season

For those of you who took home heritage trees this spring, you may be wondering if there’s anything special to do now that winter is approaching.  Here are some tips for the novices out there:

Consider compost–adding a little compost around the trees is a good idea. If you don’t have your own, we can recommend Purple Cow Organic.

Protect–your trees need protection from nibbling mice, voles, and even hungry cats.  If you still have the hardware cloth the trees came with, keep it on. …

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Growing Up With Growing Power

Growing Up With Growing Power

“We grow soil,” Will Allen says when he speaks to a community of interested chefs, culinary professionals, and vendors of food products at a local Sysco food trade show. Allen is the founder and CEO of Growing Power, a nonprofit that has seen its 10-year old neighborhood gardeners turn into 30-year olds who come back to work for the organization. While the organization has grown considerably since its foundation in 1993, the focus remains the same. Will Allen and his team teach people how to …

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Eat Local Milwaukee Dinner

Kate Oscarson
www.wilocavore.blogspot.com

 

The Eat Local Milwaukee Challenge is coming to an end, and I certainly used it as an opportunity to try some of Milwaukee’s locally sourced restaurants.  In two weeks I visited more restaurants that I usually would in twice that long.  Both I and my budget are on an eat at home diet for a little bit, but I feel the Challenge is worth supporting!

But, even after all that eating out, the best meal was still the one that kicked it all off: The …

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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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