Season’s Best: Farmers Market Edition
Celebrate the fall harvest at one of the Fox Cities’ many farmers markets. Here are some of the best seasonal buys.
Available at Oshkosh and Neenah Farmer’s Markets, Green Valley Acres has the best to offer when it comes to greens. Pick up some fresh spinach before the season comes to a close at the end of the month. If you are looking for recipe ideas, visit greenvalleyacresproduce.com under the “farm” tab for suggestions.
Stop by Field Notes Farm’s stand at the Neenah Farmer’s Market for a variety of quality, healthy produce. Their fresh beets make for a tasty seasonal addition to the kitchen. Field Notes is a Certified Organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, so they are 100 percent organic, non-GMO and do not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. The beet season runs through October, so get them fresh while you can!
Visit Jim’s Produce, based in Appleton, for tasty, locally-grown cauliflower at the Menasha Farm Fresh Market. The cauliflower season runs through October, so pick some up before the last farmer’s market on October 26, which will feature trick-or-treating, live music and Halloween activities.
Fried Apple Pie
For something sweet, head to Yoder’s Essen Haus’ popular stand at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market and try one of Sylvia and David Yoder’s deep-fried hand pies. The Yoders, based in Cecil, make all of their ingredients from scratch to create a delicious, fried apple pie finished off with a homemade glaze. —KM
According to the official Travel Wisconsin Fall Color Report, this year residents of the Fox Cities can expect to see peak fall color the third week of October. Plamann Park, on Appleton’s northside, offers lovely color viewing with 257 acre of hills and trails. Trot across the Trestle Trail Bridge in Menasha or climb the observation towers at High Cliff State Park and Ledge View Nature Center for panoramic views. Looking for a scenic drive? Foliage fiends should skip Highway 41 and try cruising the eastern shore of Lake Winnebago instead.