Champions for School Gardens

Champions for School Gardens

Everyone Can Help!

Kids at the Neighborhood House Garden water endangered vegetables from the Ark of Taste catalog.

Consumption of vegetables by children has declined over the last decade. Between 2007 and 2010, 90 percent of children ages 2 to 18 did not eat the recommended amount of veggies. Today, one in six children are considered obese, with food environments, food marketing, and education cited as contributing factors.

Now for some good news: School gardens and farm-to-school efforts are on the rise. Between 2006 and 2012, there …

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A Salute to the Pimento

A Salute to the Pimento

Meet the 2016 Ark of Taste Kit Veggies!

The Wellspring Seedling Sale will be held from 10am to 2pm May 14, 2016.

 

Every year, Slow Food WiSE selects six varieties from an endangered seed catalog, called the Ark of Taste, to package for home gardeners. Growing these heirloom veggies in your garden puts our community one plant closer to protecting rare and delicious flavors.

New to this year’s selection is the Sheepnose Pimento—a pepper that’s primed for cooking, canning, stuffing, and partnering with cheese.

It’s meaty, it’s sweet, and …

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Last Call for Ground Cherries!

There’s a little window that stretches from late September to mid-October that offers the best time for farmers’ market goers. It’s when summer meets fall. Signs for just-picked tomatoes perched next to new varieties of acorn squash; sweet bell peppers mingling with sugar pie pumpkins; honeycrisp apples by the bag are sold next to Brussels sprouts by the stalk. It’s last call for summer, first call for fall.

But as the leaves begin to turn from green to gold along our crisp Packer countryside, let’s not forget about …

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6 Foods You Can Save From Extinction

What is an Ark of Taste kit?

Every year, Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast selects half a dozen plants from a catalog of endangered foods—called Ark of Taste—to sell to home gardeners. For $30 ($25 for members), you can purchase the entire 6-pack and help restore the longtime tradition of growing and sharing delicious food.

Learn more about the cultural significance and flavor profiles of this year’s Ark of Taste picks, and consider making room in your garden for these treasured varieties. Or hey, maybe Mom’s garden bed …

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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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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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