Local Calender

December 18, 2008 at 9:19 am

Rob Gardner

No Winter Markets this weekend.  Winter markets this weekend.  The Local Family roadtrippin’

After filling us up last week with Indiana ham and Iowa produce, Robin’s Winter Markets go on hiatus for a few weekends.  See her again on January 10.  Schedule here.

Green City Market is giving you one last gasp, with a demo from the Chefs from Blueprint.  They will re-convene on January 17.     Geneva  and Heritage Prairie Market  are here this week AND next week!  Cassie’s Green Grocer is there every day.  Note, last week we passed on word from LTHForum, that the Wettstein’s will be at Oak Park’s Buzz Cafe with local, organic meat. Well that was a slight boo-boo on Ann’s part. The Wettstein’s will be there, I believe, this Saturday.

We are skipping all of that.  To the road (hopefully in a different car, but that’s not for here).  When David Hammond talked local with local chef, Paul Virant, they talked about how our local includes the greater Midwestern region.  For the Chicago area locavore, the road offers chances to find more local food.  More importantly, it offers the chance to encounter dedicated food artisans and special products.

We wanted to see the Madison farmer’s market in its early winter format, at Monona Terrace.  This is the last weekend to do that.  The market takes a week off and then begins, a bit smaller in the Madison Senior Center in January.  Wisconsin is so much deeper in local.  We expect winter produce (just see what Harmony Valley still has) and we also expect the food artisan thing, especially in the form of cheeses.  Can anyone spell BleuMont or Fantome.  The great thing about winter shopping: no cooler required!

A large path of Wisconsin cheese runs right smack through Monroe.  It’s worth a visit for a sandwich and ambiance at Baumgartner’s.  It’s really worth a visit for the low priced, high quality cheese available at Alp & Dell or the Maple Leaf outlet (which has the added attraction of being in a gas station).

You can tour a big brewery in Monroe, but you can find smaller craft breweries to tour and sample all around Wisconsin.  How ’bout Capital in Middleton?

Brats with your beer?  You’ll find all sorts of country butchers driving around Wisconsin.  I’ve been very impressed with Hoesly’s in New Glarus.

I could not possibly list all of the other options, so go here to find a ton more.

What about Michigan wine country or a whole world of local food in Indiana I (at least) have hardly explored.

Near and afar, us locavore have a lot to keep us content this time of year.