Playoff Parties

Our market is well stocked with food for this weekend’s playoff game.

Brats

Chicken (Jeff-Leen), Elk (GBM Elk Farm), Lamb (Pinn-Oak Ridge), Portabella (River Valley Ranch), Beef (Jeff-Leen)

Summer Sausage

Garlic Beef or Garlic Pork (Dominion Valley), Buffalo with Cranberry (Lakeview Buffalo), 3 Beef Varieties Garlic, Plain and Jalapeño Garlic (Jeff-Leen) 

DIY

Chicken Wings (Dominion Valley, Jeff-Leen), Ground Elk (GBM Elk Farm) or Ground Buffalo (Lakeview Buffalo). Use in your favorite chili or Buffalo Wings recipes.

Spreads, Dips, Salsa

Hummus, Tzatziki, Tyrokafteri, Walnut Skordalia (Aleka’s Kitchen); Smoked Trout and Smoked Salmon Spreads, (Rushing Waters); Linda’s Salsa and Beer Dip (Cocina DeLeon); 5 Cheese Garlic Spread and Heirloom Tomato Salsa (River Valley Ranch)

Good to Go

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup (Wisconsin Soup Company), 13 Enchilada varieties (Cocina DeLeon), Smoked Chicken (Lakeview Buffalo, Dominion Valley), Ravioli (Mia Famiglia)

Cheese

But of course. Multiple selections from Clock Shadow Creamery, Decatur Dairy, and LaClare Farms

Bakery

Sourdough Bread, Ale Bread, Bavarian Pretzels, Sweet & Sassy Nuts, Demi-baguettes (multiple flavors), Butterscotch cookies and Mocha brownies. Shawn Rediske (Water House Foods) sources many ingredients from other MCWFM vendors in his baked goods.

Munchies

Sorghum Popcorn from Rolling Meadows Sorghum Mill - addictive 

Treasure Hunt

Richard Spanton of GBM Elk Farm is meticulous about food safety so you may not have seen his Elk Snack Stick samples because he keeps them covered in an ice-filled container. Moist, flavorful and containing no nitrates or MSG, these are the ne plus ultra of cured meat snacks. Available in three variations – BBQ (mild), Triple Play (medium) and Jalapeno Cheddar (hot).

Superbowl Parties

Our market is replete with the components of a quintessential football celebration.

Brats

Chicken (Jeff-Leen), Elk (Golden Bear Monarchs Elk), Lamb (Pinn-Oak Ridge), Portabella (River Valley Ranch), Beef (Jeff-Leen)

Summer Sausage

Garlic Beef/Pork Combo (Dominion Valley), Buffalo with Cranberry (Lakeview Buffalo), 3 Beef varieties – Garlic, Plain, and Jalapeno Garlic (Jeff-Leen)

DIY

Chicken Wings for Buffalo wings (JenEhr), Ground Elk (GBM Elk Farm) or Certified Organic Ground Beef (McCluskey Bros) for chili. Use in your favorite recipes

Spreads, Dips, Salsa

Hummus, Tzatziki, Tyrokafteri, Walnut Skordalia (Aleka’s Kitchen); Caroline’s Cashew Veggie Dip; Smoked Trout and Smoked Salmon Spreads (Rushing Waters); Linda’s Salsa and Beer Dip (Cocina DeLeon); 5 Cheese Garlic Spread and Heirloom Tomato Salsa (River Valley Ranch)

Good to Go

Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup (Wisconsin Soup Co), 13 Enchiladas varieties (Cocina DeLeon), Smoked Chicken (Lakeview Buffalo), 4 Ravioli varieties (Mia Famiglia)

Cheese

But of course. Multiple selections from Decatur Dairy, McCluskey Bros and Clock Shadow Creamery

Bakery

Sourdough Bread, Ale Bread, Bavarian Pretzels, Sweet & Sassy Nuts, Demi-baguettes (multiple flavors), Butterscotch cookies and Mocha brownies. Shawn Rediske (Water House Foods) sources many ingredients from other MCWFM vendors in his baked goods.

Munchies

Sorghum Popcorn from Rolling Meadows Sorghum Mill - addictive

Treasure Hunt

Richard Spanton of GBM Elk Farm is meticulous about food safety so you probably haven’t seen his Elk Snack Stick samples because he keeps them covered in an ice-filled container. Moist, flavorful and containing no nitrates or MSG, these are the ne plus ultra of cured meat snacks. Available in three variations – BBQ (mild), Triple Play (medium) and Jalapeno Cheddar (hot).

Eat Global, Buy Local


Chef Profile: Peter Sandroni

This is the second in a series of mini profiles focused on chefs who are participating in our 3rd Annual Farm Fresh Breakfast on April 14. Peter Sandroni graduated from Marquette with a BA degree (political science) followed five years later with a culinary arts degree from the esteemed Kendall College in Chicago. After working at restaurants in Atlanta, Chicago, and Milwaukee (Eagan’s, Dream Dance), Peter helped develop a dining renaissance in Walkers’ Point, undertaking renovation of a woodworking shop that now houses his own restaurant. In Italian, La Merenda means "early snack" and refers to an Italian custom of early evening socializing and gathering to share food and drink among friends and family. Friends, family and finely prepared food are the hallmarks of Milwaukee’s very own La Merenda.

“Do well by doing good” is a particularly appropriate quote when referring to Peter. This 60 seat popular restaurant features small plates (tapas) from around the world, but Chef Sandroni buys from local farmers whenever possible – 32 at last count. He is exceedingly generous with his time and talent, supporting all sorts of community organizations: his alma mater, the Hunger Task Force, Alliance Française, the Farm Fresh Atlas of SE Wisconsin as well as MCWFM. Last year Marquette University helped Peter evaluate water and energy usage at the restaurant, suggesting a checklist of best practices to enhance the building’s green profile. Here is a YouTube video that gives you a sense of Peter and his “La Merenda”.

Breakfast of Local Champions

Look for flyers at the market information table detailing next Saturday’s delicious breakfast menu. Sourcing ingredients from over a dozen MCWFM farmers, the prix fixe menu includes:



Warm Brioche French Toast
with caramelized apples and maple syrup
Sauté of Winter Greens,
crimini mushrooms and red shallots
Oven Roasted Root Vegetables
with Polonaise* topping
Handmade Country Sausage

*Toasted breadcrumbs, parsley and chopped hardboiled eggs



Comings and Goings

Jeff-Leen Farm suffered a significant loss of chickens last week due to a freezer outage at their farm, so for the next two weeks Dominion Valley will bring chickens from their farm (whole, cut-up, breasts, legs/thighs) to make up for the market shortfall. Brightonwoods Orchard returns this week with apples and cider and the Ovens of Gracie O’Malley will have their resplendent Easter cookies. After her appearance for St Patrick’s Day, we are fortunate to have Ann Marie Craig from Century Farmhouse Soaps in West Bend back for a second holiday visit. LaClare Farms alternates weeks with Decatur Dairy and this week we will have goat milk, cheese and (perhaps) butter. Amaranth Bakery has concluded their season with us; don’t overlook visiting their nearby Washington Heights location and reading Carol Deptolla’s nice feature article from last week’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

We like to say ‘expect the unexpected’ at our market and we hope you will be pleasantly surprised this week (and next) with several new vendors. I met Emily Watson of Stems Cut Flowers last October at the Tosa Farmers’ Market and was immediately impressed, wondering if there was some way for a winter market to have such lovely locally grown flowers. Well, thanks to the early onset of spring, the answer is YES. Just in time for Easter and Passover you can enjoy narcissus, tulips and lilacs from an earth-friendly flower farm in East Troy. Here is a testimonial from one of Tosa’s key organizers: “We LOVE Emily and her flowers! I have personally bought her bouquets and they are so beautiful and unique and last for so much longer than other bouquets.”

This Week’s Vendor Listing:

If there is something you particularly want, don’t overlook the option of preordering by contacting farmers and food producers directly.

Specialty Food Producers: Cocina DeLeon, Aleka’s Kitchen, River Valley Ranch, Wisconsin Soup Company, Thymely Herbals, Eden’s Market, Becky’s Blissful Bakery (caramels) introducing the salted Margarita this week, Mia Famiglia

Bakery: Water House Foods, The Ovens of Gracie O’Malley (Easter butter cookies)

Produce: JenEhr Family Farm, Witte’s Vegetable Market, Springdale Farm, Brightonwoods Orchard

Honey, Maple Syrup, Sorghum: Rolling Meadows Sorghum Mill

Dairy: Saxon Homestead Creamery, LaClare Farms*

Meat: Dominion Valley Farm (pork, beef), Jeff-Leen Farm (beef) Bolzano Artisan Meats (dry-cured sausage), Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms (lamb), BSW Farm (goat)

Game: Golden Bear Monarchs Elk Farm; Lakeview Buffalo Farm

Fish: Rushing Waters Fisheries

Poultry: Jeff-Leen Farm, JenEhr Family Farm, Lakeview Buffalo Farm (smoked chicken), Dominion Valley Farm chicken (whole, cut-up, legs/thighs, breasts) this week and next

Eggs: Jeff-Leen Farm, Lakeview Buffalo Farm, BSW Farm

Oats: Oly’s Oats

Soap: Century Farmhouse*

Flowers: Stems Cut Flowers

Coffee: Valentine Coffee Roasters

*Returning this week

Field Notes

: Last week JenEhr Farm had French Breakfast radishes in addition to their spring greens! Springdale Farm plans to bring Sungold and Beefsteak tomato plants this Saturday.

Saxon Homestead Creamery and McClusky Brothers Organic Farms

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market – Year 3
Tommy G Thompson Youth Center
Ag Village, Gate 5, Wisconsin State Fair Park
640 South 84th Street
through April 14, 2012
Saturday mornings 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Regardless of other events at State Fair, Parking for the MCWFM is always FREE

Saxon Homestead Creamery

When I think of farmers who took a real leap of faith in coming to this market in season one, my thoughts immediately turn to Elise Heimerl of Saxon Homestead Farm, nestled along the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan, near Hika Bay. It seemed like a major milestone to have a specialty cheese producer who would be willing to become a full season vendor at a new farmers’ market, particularly one taking place at such an unexpected time of year. All Saxon’s aged raw milk cheese is carefully crafted from their pasture-based herd of cross bred Jersey, Holstein and Brown Swiss cows. This fifth generation family farm has a long history of environmental stewardship, going back to the late Ed Klessig, who was a student of environmentalist Aldo Leopold at UW-Madison in the 1930s. Ed’s granddaughter, Paula, oversees a well positioned market table, located between Springdale Farm and Rolling Meadows Sorghum Mill on the left side of the lobby’s center aisle.
  • An informative Washington Post article about Saxon’s most popular cheese, Big Ed’s. Includes an enticing recipe for a cheese soufflé.
  • A lovely one and a half minute slideshow of Saxon Farm (1850), accompanied by the special maternal voice of Elise Klessig-Heimerl
  • In depth Cheese Reporter article from 2008

McCluskey Brothers Organic Farms

Three brothers, Kevin, Patrick and Brian McCluskey, continue a family tradition that dates back to the late 1800's: farming the hills and valleys of Shillelagh Glen Farms, milking cows, raising beef, and "sugaring" or making maple syrup. Located in southern Wisconsin, they work a 770-acre, diversified, certified organic (since 1996) family farm. Farm products include certified organic grass-fed premium ground beef, cheese, maple syrup, garlic and eggs; on selected weeks, the first three items can be found at the McCluskey market space that faces the southern windows on the right side of the Youth Center lobby.
  • FoodAlliance Profile (PDF)

Dairy News

Larry and Clara Hedrich of LaClare Farms plan to build a multimillion dollar agriculture facility that will feature a barn, milking parlor for their goat herd, retail store, creamery and café. To read more about this ambitious farming family, there is a recent Wisconsin State Journal article that includes a profile of daughter and cheesemaker, Katie Hedrich. Be sure to look for their goat cheese, milk and butter this weekend. Thinking about Wisconsin’s amazing artisan, specialty and farmstead dairy businesses puts me in an up tempo frame of mind: You’ve Said it All! (song)

As of Friday morning...

We have four market spaces where vendors rotate on a weekly basis; this allows the market to have more variety and maximizes the number of food producers we can help promote. Arranged by category, here is the complete vendor lineup for this Saturday. For further information on individual food producers, please go to the MCWFM website vendor page.

Specialty Food Producers: Cocina DeLeon, Aleka’s Kitchen, River Valley Ranch, Wisconsin Soup Company, Thymely Herbals, Eden’s Market, Becky’s Blissful Bakery (caramels), Mia Famiglia

Bakery: Water House Foods, Amaranth Bakery

Produce: JenEhr Family Farm, Ela Orchard, Brightonwoods Orchard, Witte’s Vegetable Market, Springdale Farm

Honey, Maple Syrup, Sorghum: Rolling Meadows Sorghum Mill, McCluskey Brothers (maple syrup)*

Dairy: Saxon Homestead Creamery, McCluskey Brothers*, LaClare Farm*

Meat: Dominion Valley Farm (pork, beef), Jeff-Leen Farm (beef) Bolzano Artisan Meats (dry-cured sausage), Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms (lamb), McCluskey Brothers (organic ground beef) *

Game: Golden Bear Monarchs Elk Farm; Lakeview Buffalo Farm

Fish: Rushing Waters

Poultry: Jeff-Leen Farm, JenEhr Family Farm, Lakeview Buffalo Farm (smoked)

Eggs: Jeff-Leen Farm, Lakeview Buffalo Farm

Oats: Oly’s Oats

Soap: Thymely Herbals

Coffee: Valentine Coffee Roasters

*Returning this week

Flyte Family Farm

Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market – Year 3
Tommy G Thompson Youth Center
Ag Village, Gate 5, Wisconsin State Fair Park
640 South 84th Street
through April 14, 2012
Saturday mornings 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Regardless of other events at State Fair, Parking for the MCWFM is always FREE

Flyte Family Farm

“If there was ever a food that was meant for this moment it is beans….Healthy, full of protein, inexpensive, wonderful for the environment (when compared to conventionally raised meat), and if cooked well, absolutely delicious.” So began an hour long paean to beans on a recent segment of NPR’s ‘On Point with Tom Ashcroft’. I was amazed at how well the timing fit with a prescheduled guest appearance by Flyte Family Farm of Coloma. MCWFM enjoys opportunities to highlight agricultural crops that are somewhat unexpected at Wisconsin farmers’ markets; dry edible beans certainly fit that category. This Saturday we should have Black, European Soldier, Great Northern, Horto, Red Kidney, Navy, Pinto, and Yellow-Eye beans along with an Eight Bean blend and bean flour (milled at Cress Spring Bakery). Along with dry edible beans, the Flyte family grows 125 acres of sweet corn and 40 acres of vegetables and melons in Waushara County. They also have 5 greenhouses devoted to hydroponic tomatoes and cucumbers that are harvested beginning in April.
  • The aforementioned NPR ‘On Point’ show featuring a conversation about The World of Beans
  • Cookbook written by featured ‘On Point’ author: Bean by Bean
  • A very handy website for reference material on bean cuisine, storage and descriptions of the most common varieties US Dry Bean Council
  • For heirloom bean aficionados you can’t beat Rancho Gordo in California

Customer Survey

In an effort to continually improve the Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market, and to prepare for next year's market, we ask that you take some time (it will take approximately 7 minutes) to complete a customer survey on Saturday. This will help us know a bit more about whom our customers are and how we can better serve you through the market. All responses are anonymous. We greatly appreciate your help with this project and request that you stop by the information table to fill out the questionnaire. The University of Wisconsin – Waukesha assisted with development of this survey and will help us evaluate the data.

News from the Field

Looking for a nice Sunday excursion? Water House Foods of Lake Mills has completed their short move to an expanded space and plans to inaugurate their first ‘Market Friends Sunday’ on February 26. MCWFM patrons who come out to the bistro and mention that they've seen Shawn at our market will receive 10% off their total purchase. On the last Sunday of every month, the Rediske’s will welcome market friends to their new bistro located opposite the Commons Park gazebo. It is a nice opportunity to sample their expanded breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus, music, special events, and classes. See the Water House events calendar for details re this Sunday’s wheat free baking class that requires a RSVP.

As of Friday morning

We have four market spaces where vendors rotate on a weekly basis; this allows the market to have more variety and maximizes the number of food producers we can help promote. Arranged by category, here is the complete vendor lineup for this Saturday. For further information on individual food producers, please go to the MCWFM website vendor page.

Specialty Food Producers: Cocina DeLeon, Aleka’s Kitchen, River Valley Ranch, Wisconsin Soup Company, Thymely Herbals, Eden’s Market, Becky’s Blissful Bakery (caramels), Mia Famiglia, Kick Out the Jam*

Bakery: Water House Foods, Amaranth Bakery

Produce: JenEhr Family Farm, Ela Orchard, Brightonwoods Orchard, Witte’s Vegetable Market, Springdale Farm, Flyte Family Farm

Honey, Maple Syrup, Sorghum: Rolling Meadows Sorghum Mill, McCluskey Brothers (maple syrup)*

Dairy: Saxon Homestead Creamery, McCluskey Brothers*, LaClare Farm*

Meat: Dominion Valley Farm (pork, beef), Jeff-Leen Farm (beef) Bolzano Artisan Meats (dry-cured sausage), McCluskey Brothers (organic ground beef) *

Game: Golden Bear Monarchs Elk Farm; Lakeview Buffalo Farm will have FRESH buffalo steaks, brisket and roasts this week.

Fish: Rushing Waters

Poultry: Jeff-Leen Farm, JenEhr Family Farm, Lakeview Buffalo Farm (smoked)

Eggs: Jeff-Leen Farm, Lakeview Buffalo Farm

Oats: Oly’s Oats

Soap: Thymely Herbals

Coffee: Valentine Coffee Roasters

*Returning this week