(Sub) Urban spelunking: Little Meadowmere in Mequon

Published April 21, 2020

Tucked away on County Line Road in Mequon, just west of Wauwatosa Road is a charming little farm at the end of a driveway flanked by stone posts. This place has a great history and it can be yours!


Al fresco dining at Parkside 23 might just be the late summer escape you need

Published Sept. 6, 2019

Located just 20 minutes west of Downtown Milwaukee, Parkside 23 sits just beyond a commercial corridor, tucked between an increasing number of suburban residences. And despite its location just off of North Avenue, it provides a remarkable respite from city life with its well appointed patio and local, seasonally driven menu.


Chef-farmer relationship at heart of upcoming Centgraf Farms Wine Dinner

Published July 30, 2019

The upcoming Centgraf Farms Wine Dinner at Third Coast Provisions aims to highlight not only the best locally grown produce of the moment, but also an entire season's worth of locally sourced fruits and vegetables. It also shines a light on the increasingly complex and intimate relationships between chefs, farmers and the food they produce.


Breakfast on the farm

Published June 11, 2012

Yes, I grew up in Wisconsin. But no, for some reason, I had never heard of the concept of "breakfast on the farm." Until this weekend, that is, when my family and I took the short drive to West Bend on Saturday to a not-so-intimate affair at the Homestead Acres. In my mind's eye, I expected a few dozen people to gather for pancake and eggs in a field. In reality, we were one of hundreds (and maybe more) assembled for a breakfast operation of enormous scale.


Milk men make fond memories, modern day deliveries

Published June 11, 2012

For most people, memories of a milk man delivering fresh milk to their door or milk chute are fuzzy to non-existent. Other Milwaukeeans remember the milk man clearly or still have milk delivered to their home via a small, family-run dairy plant called LW Dairy.


Happy cows come from Wisconsin, too

Published Jan. 11, 2007

Maybe I’m just sensitive, considering the time I spend each summer around the barns at State Fair Park, but the latest California cheese commercial has me steaming. You’ve seen them, a bunch of cows parading around sunny fields with the tag line: “Great cheese comes from happy cows ... happy cows come from California.”


Waterford farm cultivates serendipity

Published April 25, 2006

If someone happens to be traveling through Waterford, they may discover the town's secret, whether by accident, happenstance, fate or luck. Maybe it's serendipity at work; at least that's what Tom and Sharon Cerny, owners of Serendipity Farm, hope for.


Percy makes another contribution to "chick lit"

Published April 21, 2006

"The Field Guide for Chickens" looks, from the outside, to be a dry tome on our feathered friends, but Milwaukee author Pam Percy's latest contribution to "chick lit" is actually an interesting overview of chickens.


Whitewater's Fuzzy Pig has something for everyone

Published April 6, 2006

What is The Fuzzy Pig? You could venture 20 guesses and still not come close. But if farmer-turned-entrepreneur Dick Kraus has his way, the "delightful day trip secret" that is The Fuzzy Pig Country Mall -- just outside Whitewater, will soon be well known to residents of Southeast Wisconsin.


Brunquell hatched successful Egg Innovations here

Published Oct. 8, 2003

Egg Innovations of Port Washington was the country's first company to be certified with a Free Farmed label from the American Humane Association. Today Brunquell serves as president of the family business.