Egg Week It was Egg Week. One of our professors, who lived in an acreage off the grid outside of Decorah and kept chickens, was selling eggs that spring. Local farm fresh eggs? We went crazy for them, and soon our kitchen island was anointed with a holy tower ofContinue Reading

The gathering was inspired by a guy named Daniel Mack in upstate New York. He is a famous artist/builder who makes furniture and home décor from rustic materials found in nature. He describes it best in this quote.  “And it dawned on me that to some people, the chairs representedContinue Reading

I arrived at the downtown La Crosse venue, which is also home to the German heritage festivities known as Oktoberfest, around noon on a Wisconsiny overcast and slightly misty day. The usual accommodation for this festival it seems. This did not persuade any of the beer tasters to stay atContinue Reading

While I was there, I had the pleasure of talking with Bob Anderson, the bakery’s current general manager and, the namesake, Linda’s nephew. He told me about how he and his siblings grew up in the bakery making what he referred to as “science experiments” and “random inedible concoctions” withContinue Reading

Over the years with hard work and dedication the couple turned the original family farm into a thriving winery. They offer 56 homemade wines: each with their own unique pallet and “Pride and Prejudice” flair.  The fan favorite “Victor’s Folly”, a sweet watermelon wine. The couple’s passion for an exquisiteContinue Reading

Driftless Historium: The Driftless Historium should be your first stop if you’re interested in learning about the history of Mount Horeb and the Driftless region. Located right off Main Street and across the street from The Grumpy Troll, this building looks small, but it’s bigger on the inside. Open andContinue Reading

But back to Middleton. Due in part to some new construction and some refurbishment of old buildings into new lofts, downtown Middleton has grown itself a restaurant district of varied and complimentary tastes. Within a three-block radius we have Japanese, Hawaiian Poke, Thai, Italian, Retro 50’s Americana, Louisiana Cajun, BarContinue Reading

Tell us about the food philosophy behind GoMacro’s impressive set of certifications? We’re committed to creating high-quality products from simple, sustainably-grown ingredients, and certifications are one way we keep that promise to everyone who purchases MacroBars. We want to set the standard for the quality and integrity of the foodsContinue Reading

Tell us about what you do for work or your business, and how long have you been doing this? We started Cannon Belles Cheese 5 years ago with a dream to build a manufacturing plant to process cow’s milk into cheese. We have been through a lot of ups andContinue Reading

Here we are. I told you it would be a short trip, only about fifteen minutes from my old home. From the outside, it looks like a plain white clapboard building. It reminds me a whole lot of the school from the television show Little House on the Prairie. DoContinue Reading

Junk Devotion Cheryl and Philip (Woody) Woodward of Pine Island, MN. Both fully employed, but also have Junk Devotion, a hobby/business. “Approximately 15 years ago we started seeing ideas for turning trash into treasures and we were hooked.” The picking part of the job isn’t as glamorous as it sounds.Continue Reading

At this particular class, I noticed a variety of ages interested in pickle ball from 9 through retirement age. There, I met Jaxson who started playing pickle ball at the YMCA  at around 8 just for fun but developed a competitive streak for the game.  Along with Jaxson, was hisContinue Reading

If you want an up-close encounter with the Driftless region perhaps the best way to experience it is through the many parks and bike trails that crisscross this special place. Nothing brings the magic of the area to life like a bike ride down an old railroad track that hasContinue Reading

Now that the weather is starting to get nicer and it’s more pleasurable to explore the Driftless, one of the hidden-in-plain-sight treasures are the trout streams.  Forgotten by the glaciers that swept the Midwest thousands of years ago, these little watersheds that cut our coulees are full of clear cleanContinue Reading

Baraboo Wisconsin. The town that “pulls you in” … and around! There are some amazing places in the Driftless!  Because of this, it is all too common that we miss opportunities to visit some of these amazing places and adventures.  One such place is Baraboo.  Once we got word ofContinue Reading

After earning her degree in psychology, she worked with children diagnosed with ADHD and had a hard time with prescribing them ritalin. It wasn’t the career she wanted. The mainstream culture of food and medicine didn’t sit well with her, which led her to research natural healing and seek aContinue Reading