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This past week has been crunch time, so I’ll post more soon about out delightful interaction with Cowboy Kettle Corn and Herrin Veggie’s, but for now just two quick things from last weeks market.
Nasturtiums in the lettuce mix at LOTFOTL…
… and the August 17, 2013 DOG OF THE WEEK!
Meet Toby, we’ve had our eye on him for a couple of weeks, always hanging out at Drewery Farms with the Maple Syrup, but the timing had never been right. This cute little pup is a pekingese/beagle mix or “peagle.” He was picked up at the animal shelter, and is very loving, but a bit weary of being pet by strangers, as we experienced. However, he was warming up to us by the end of our lovely conversation with his mom and dad who say that SSFM has been good therapy and has done wonders for his social skills.
See you tomorrow!
This past weekend was FULL for myself, my husband, and my father who was visiting from out of town. His visits always prompt us to do things we’ve never done in Milwaukee (we have only been here a year and a half). We had an amazing dinner at Braise, pork fat budino… what!?! We went to the zoo, the elephants were my favorite. We went to the State Fair on a super busy day, so I was a little overwhelmed, but the trip did produce this great photo of cows, rotating while simultaneously diminishing in size.
I’m not surprised to say, however, the most fun, educational and inspiring outing we had was our trip to the SSFM. My father had just brought us a truck full of vegetables, so it wasn’t necessary to stock up on food. I did, however, spot some amazing looking door county peaches, and as market manager Adam Horwitz put it, all the ingredients for ratatouille had finally arrived (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, basil, etc…)! Another new arrival was the SSFM CD, featuring music from various entertainers who have performed at the market throughout the years, pretty good deal at only $10, I plan to pick up my copy tomorrow at the information booth!
Perhaps most interesting was the presence of the The Milwaukee Observatory pop-up museum. This program is a collaboration between Discovery World, Bay View High and Bradley Tech High. What I walked upon was a very impressive installation, complete with well designed, engineered and built signage communicating a stunning amount of information about the Bay View neighborhood.
What was even MORE impressive were the high school students and recent graduates who are involved with the program. What bright young minds. They gave me a tour of the pop-up museum, feeding me facts about historically significant trees, homes, and artifacts from an excavation they had conducted (pictured below). I spoke with the Bay View High Principal, who was delighted to be a partnering school, and humbly passed my questions onto the students. Seeing the evidence of this multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary approach to education left me feeling optimistic about the future. I encourage you all to seek out their next pop-up museum, and you must talk to the kids while you’re there.
Last but not least, you know what’s coming, it’s the DOG OF THE WEEK!
That’s Rocky on the right and Cooper on the left. What sweethearts! Both Golden Retrievers, both 9 years old. Their mom got them when they were one. You might see them at Colombia St. Mary’s where they both volunteer as therapy dogs.
Hope to see you tomorrow morning!
Well, I have been very busy. From mid July to early August I have been traveling, hosting guests, and starting a new job. It has been marvelous, but it also means I’ve missed a few SSFM’s and a few blog postings. This is a little snippet of the July 27th market, and I’ll post another about the August 10th market soon.
July 27th, 2013:
The day was warm, and I was exhausted. I’d flown back from Maine the night before after what can only be described as a two week art bender at Haystack, where my finest culinary experience was eating fresh lobsters on the rocks with seals swimming by, but I digress. I’m pretty sure we ate ALL the breakfast sandwiches available at the market, drank iced coffee and juice, and collapsed onto the grass, too exhausted to make the extensive 1 mile journey home until the food I’d just consumed provided nourishment. Usually, we get to the market right at 8am, buy our produce and are out of there by 9:30 or 10. Good for taking care of business (TCB) but bad for watching the entertainment. I am SO GLAD we didn’t miss it this time because the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra (their performance name) was truly fantastic.
They are a non-profit organization, called the Bonne Amie Musical Circle, who have been in operation continuously since 1900. In their mission they state that Members of the Circle shall preserve, study, and perform before the public music that is written or adapted for the mandolin orchestra on traditional mandolin orchestra instruments. Their website has a section of historical photos from the various eras, including this photo of the band trying their luck at performing in an unusual setting.
On this fine morning, they played traditional songs. There was amusing banter between the cellist and the guest singer (the two with microphones). There were little kids dancing. There was a big ol’ smile on my face. It was a good reminder to forget those household chores on Saturday morning, sink into the market and experience all it has to offer.
We didn’t buy much food, as our garden is starting to produce, but we did get apricots from Door County, which were positively amazing, and a few hunks of havarti.
And now, for the 7/27/2013 DOG OF THE WEEK!
Meet Gilly Rose! This dog was so cute and funny, with a tuft of hair on top of her head, and a little beard, leaning up agains her mom lovingly, we couldn’t resist. She is a black lab-poodle mix, bred by a high school student who sold the puppies to family friends in an effort to raise money for college. The best part is that all the owners get together every year for a dog birthday party, the dogs are now 7.5 years old.
More coming soon!
When we arrived to the farmers market this morning we were FAMISHED!!! Perhaps it was the warm weather, or rather the bike ride to the market since the weather was finally good enough. Either way, ice coffee from Anodyne and a crepe was just what the doctor ordered. Believe it or not, this was our first time to La Creperie! It was fascinating to watch the process, especially the use of the crepe rake. We ordered one apricot jam and when asked “Would you like powdered sugar on that?” we thankfully paused, for the response was fantastic, “You gotta have powdered sugar, it’s what makes it low cal.” Though our crepe was amazing, it didn’t quite fill us up, so we trotted over to Ney’s for a sausage, egg and cheese sandwhich. Mmmm… Fitting that our morning was so centered on eating at the market because a reporter from the Journal Sentinel was roaming about doing research for an article about prepared food vendor culture at farmers markets.
To fill our fridge, we purchased a bunch of onions, crimini mushrooms, strawberries, spinach, and eggs. We also stopped by the Clock Shadow Creamery booth and tried the ricotta and the quark. Quark is a german cultured cheese with a unique punch of flavor, and these urban cheese mongers take it a step farther by providing many flavored varieties, as well as a website page full of quark recipes. If you haven’t stopped by their cheese factory in Walker’s Point, I highly recommend it. Not only can you indulge in a scoop of Purple Door Ice Cream, but you can also check out the innovative Clock Shadow Building.
This morning we also bought and got a lesson in beeswax. Jim is a wealth of knowledge and is always ready to share. He sells cappings beeswax, which is produced by the bees from ingested honey, it takes 10 lbs of honey to produce 1 lb of wax. There are endless uses, fixing a squeaky door, cooking, I’ve always seen it used by bookbinders to wax their string. Beeswax has an indefinite shelf life, according to Jim, bees vacuum seal their honeycombs with cappings wax, and if you found it one hundred years later, you could open it and eat the honey with no processing. An amazing product well worth researching.
And without further ado, here is our choice for ‘DOG OF THE WEEK‘
A Siberian Husky named Ramone (who was also there with a dog companion, another Siberian named Ziggy). According to their dog mom and dad who have had Siberians for 30 years, they are a difficult breed. Because they are do-ers you must give them something to do or else they’ll find something to do, but they are also very fun and loving.
There will be no farmers market next week, but you can still stop by to see the ‘South Shore Frolics and Parade.’ Till next time!