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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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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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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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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