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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Celebrate Terra Madre Day, December 10, 2013!

Celebrate Terra Madre Day, December 10, 2013!

Terra Madre, or Mother Earth in Italian, is a day dedicated to the celebration of local foods.  You can join in the celebration by enjoying our locally produced foods or an endangered food item.  Like endangered animals, many unique traditional foods are facing the risk of disappearing.   In order to slow this process down and highlight these unique food products, Slow Food has established the Ark of Taste.  The Ark of Taste is a living catalog of distinct foods that are vanishing.  Over 200 foods …

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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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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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