Getting the perfect, fresh-cut tree can be an amazing family holiday experience, and there are plenty of places in Oz that deliver. Here are the top picks for in or near Oz where you can cut your own or choose a pre-cut fresh tree!
Uselding's Christmas Trees
Located on Western Rd. just outside of downtown Cedarburg, choose a pre-cut tree, wreaths and other trimming.
Cedarburg Creek Farm
Located at 649 Hwy 60 in Cedarburg, the Cedarburg Creek Farm has pre-cut trees, wreaths, decorated pots, petting zoo, hayrides and more.
Sandhill Tree Farm
Located at 2323 E River Rd. in Grafton, Sandhill Tree Farm will be open for cut your own trees December 5th & 6th from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate, candy canes, a holiday gift shop, fresh florals from Shady Lady and photo opportunities.
Gene Fransee & Son Nursery & Landscaping/ Home of Kletzien Garden Center
Located at 3670 Hwy. W in Port Washington has trees, wreaths, poinsettias, vintage Christmas collectibles and more.
First Congregational Church
Located on the corner of Jackson St. and Grand Ave., along the Sauk Creek, the First Congregational Church is now in their 35th year of selling pre-cut trees as a fundraiser for the church.
Buechler Farms, LLC
Located at 587 S. Royal Ave in Belgium, Buechler's offers trees, wreaths, planters and a special Christmas Shop with ongoing activities for the kids.
Willoway Farm & Friends
For their second year, Willoway Farm and friends are selling pre-cut balsams at N5412 Cigrand Dr. in Waubeka, as well as some other local goodies. Enjoy a campfire and hot chocolate, too.
Anderson’s Greenview Tree Farm
Located at W4266 County Rd. D in Random Lake, Anderson's has pre-cut trees as well as wreaths and a Christmas Gift Shop in the barn, or take a walk or hay ride out to the fields to cut your own.
Trees For Less
Located at 11550 Wausaukee Rd. in Mequon has cut your own and pre-cut trees.
Stumpf's Tree Farm
Located at 340 Horns Corners Road in Cedarburg, Stumpf's is already sold out for this season, but a consideration for 2021.
*Edited from 2017
By Mary Boyle
The conventional method of holiday shopping is so ingrained in us, it's easy to overlook the many treasures we have right in our own community. Supporting local businesses and organizations is the gift that keeps on giving; the money you spend at these places not only stays in our community, but oftentimes helps to support important organizations that make Ozaukee and the greater Ozaukee area so wonderful. Read on, and find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!
For the Kids (and Kids at Heart)
Hands down, my favorite place to buy toys in Ozaukee County is the Cedarburg Toy Co. Owners, Zach and Natasha Loos, will not only assist you in finding the right gift, they'll wrap it for you. They are also experts at covert operations, if you happen to actually have your children with you and need to shop. Wink, nudge, or pass them a note, and they'll have all the presents wrapped and ready for later pick up, or whatever other crazy antics you can think of. CTC truly has gifts for all ages, from blocks and rattles to puzzles and books, and things you didn't even know existed! Don't miss this magical little store in the heart of downtown Cedarburg.
For the Foodies
Oz is home to some really great restaurants, and a special dinner out could be a lovely gift. Try Fork & Tap, The Steerage, Plier's Full Circle Pub & Restaurant, or Twisted Willow in Port; Cedarburg has Brandywine, The Stilt House, The Anvil Pub or The Farmstead. Messina's in Saukville is a good bet, or try No No's in Newburg. A CSA Subscription is another great idea!
For the Nature Lovers
Oz is home to two amazing nature preserves: Riveredge in Newburg in the north and Mequon Nature Preserve in the south. Memberships to both offer access to trails and programming, but also help support environmental restoration and education in Oz. Besides memberships, Riveredge has a Visitor's Center full of great gifts for the Outdoorsy person in your life, including the syrup they make onsite each spring.
For the Art Lovers
The art community is strong in Oz, and there are a variety of places where original artwork of all kinds can be purchased. In Cedarburg, try the Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg Cultural Center, or the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts gift shops, but memberships to these organizations also make great gifts. In downtown Cedarburg, you can find local art in many of the gift shops, including Bohemia, the Pink Llama Gallery, and within the Shops of Cedar Creek Settlement. In Grafton, look no further than the NSAA Arts Mill, where a wide variety of treasures await.
For the Coffee Lovers
If there is one thing the Land of Oz has aplenty, it's good coffee shops. Gift Certificates are great, of course, but most also offer t-shirts, mugs, and other fun items to show your coffee shop pride. In Port, there's Java Dock Cafe (and keep an eye out for Banjo's Brews Coffee which will be opening inside of Lakeside Music & Naturals soon!); in Grafton, we have AM Coffee, NSeven, and Colectivo (also in Mequon); in Cedarburg, there's the Cedarburg Coffee Roastery and Java House. You can find a Fiddleheads in Cedarburg, Grafton, Thiensville, and Mequon. There is no lack of caffeine in Oz, people.
For the Pet Lovers (and pets!!)
Oz is home to a bounty of wonderful, independent and local places to shop for the pet or pet lover in your life! In Port Washington, check out One Wag on the corner of Franklin and Jackson St. downtown, which specializes in natural food and nutritional support for your pets. In Saukville, there's Dawgs In Motion, which has day camp, training classes, a pool, a shop, grooming and more, or Pet Supply Port, which has been in Oz for over 25 years. In Mequon, try the Feed Bag, which also offers a pool and grooming, as well as a selection for pets beyond dogs and cats. In Cedarburg, try Landmark Supply, which has been serving the critters of Oz for over 150 years!
For the Beer & Wine Lovers
Oz is home to a number of breweries, and there are a few winery options, as well. In Cedarburg, of course, there is the award-winning Cedar Creek Winery and Chiselled Grape Winery, but Cedarburg has two breweries, as well: Rebellion Brewing and The Fermentorium. In Port Washington, try Inventors Brewpub or Vines to Cellar. In Grafton, Sahale Ale Works is a recent arrival, while Foxtown Brewing in Mequon is also fairly new.
For those who love to wander through Gift Shops and be inspired...
Sometimes, you just want to wander around and see what might jump out at you, or have someone in the know who has the time to help you find the perfect gift. If that's you, you could just start at one end of downtown Cedarburg and finish at the other, but Cedarburg isn't your only game! In Port Washington, try Pear & Simple, Eclectic Avenue, Lakeside Music & Naturals (which has all types of goodies for the musicians in your life, too), The Shoppes of Port Washington, and Locally Inspired.
For the Jewelry Lover
Armbruster Jewelers in Cedarburg has been around since 1884, so you really can't go wrong, there; however, if you're lakeside, check out Sharbuno Jewelers in Port Washington, another family business that has been serving Oz since 1950. Mequon's East Towne Jewelers boasts over 30 years of business, which is certainly an accomplishment, as well. Cedarburg has several more unique and boutique shops that may also serve you well, such as Pagoda Fine Jewelry, Wyndrose Fine Jewelry or Jewelry Works.
For the Outdoor Sports Enthusiast
Snowboarding, skiing, cycling, kayaking, skateboarding and more! Check out ZuZu Pedals or Sherper's in Port Washington, Cedar Creek Outdoors or Phase II Skate Shop in Cedarburg, Extreme Ski & Bike in Thiensville, or ERIK'S in Grafton. Surfing on Lake Michigan? You bet! Try the Board Shack in Port.
Candy for St. Nick's & Gifts
On the lookout for candy, the perfect chocolate Santa, or maybe just something to satisfy your holiday sweet tooth? Oz has you covered! In Port Washington, you must visit The Chocolate Chisel for some of the best hot chocolate and ice cream in Oz, as well as amazing chocolates. In Grafton, Sweettrio is the place to go for candy, chocolates or caramel apples. In Cedarburg, you have your choice of Amy's Candy Kitchen, which is known for their caramel apples, or Ashley's Confectionery, which is a great place to find vintage candy and M&M's by the color, as well as chocolates. In Mequon, you must visit the Cocoa Tree Confectionery (and, if you have a great sense of humor and aren't easily offended, follow them on Facebook for some weekly laughs;)!
The important thing to remember about gift giving, especially this time of year, is not to buy stuff just to buy stuff. Slow down, really be present with people, and when you do want to give something, consider giving a gift that gives back to our community. Happy Holidays, everyone.
By Mary Boyle
Last year, many of our holiday traditions were undone by the pandemic, which makes the return of them this season all the more sweet. From beloved holiday theatre opportunities to tree lightings and parades, we've got the line up in Oz and beyond!
Friday, November 26
Festive Friday in Cedarburg
Illuminate Ozaukee in Cedarburg
Kapco's Kids2Kids Christmas Wonderland in Grafton, through November 28
An Enchanted Christmas at the Cedarburg Art Museum
Saturday, November 27
Shop Hop Event in Port Washington
41st Annual Grafton Christmas Parade
Illuminate Ozaukee in Cedarburg
Tree Lighting in Fredonia
Monday, November 29
Tree Lighting in Cedarburg
Wednesday, December 1
Kapco's Kids2Kids Christmas Wonderland in Grafton, through December 5
Thursday, December 2
Illuminate Ozaukee in Cedarburg, through December 4th
Friday, December 3
Festive Friday in Cedarburg
An Enchanted Christmas at the Cedarburg Art Museum
Holiday Art Fair in Cedarburg, through December 5
Tree Lighting in Thiensville
Saturday, December 4
Christmas at the Legion in Saukville, through December 5
CJWC's Breakfast with Santa in Cedarburg
Christmas Cookie Walk at St. John's Lutheran in Port Washington
The Polar Express in Port Washington
Christkindlmarkt in Port Washington
Christmas on the Corner in Port Washington
Sunday, December 5
European Christmas Parade, Festival and Chili CookOff in Belgium
Tree Lighting in Saukville
Wednesday, December 8
Kapco's Kids2Kids Christmas Wonderland in Grafton, through December 12
Thursday, December 9
Illuminate Ozaukee in Cedarburg, through December 11
Friday, December 10
An English Manor Christmas Tour with the CCC, through December 11
Holiday Bough Trimming - Make a Holiday Wreath at Riveredge
Festive Friday in Cedarburg
An Enchanted Christmas at the Cedarburg Art Museum
A Night of Holiday Music to benefit Advocates of Ozaukee
Saturday, December 11
Santa's Dash Away 5K Fun Run/Walk in Cedarburg
Kid's Ornament Workshop at Buechler Farms in Belgium
Winter Market at the Foxtown Annex in Mequon
Piano Brew All Request Holiday Show at the CCC
November 20-December 26 A Charlie Brown Christmas with First Stage
November 30-December 24 A Christmas Carol with The Rep
December 3-5 Elf the Musical with Sheboygan Theatre Company
December 3-5 A Christmas Carol with West Bend Theatre Company
December 10-12 A Christmas Carol with West Bend Theatre Company
December 10-26 The Nutcracker with The Milwaukee Ballet
This competition is for the Wisconsin artist who has a true passion for the Ozaukee County Fair. Artists are asked to submit a color design celebrating the Ozaukee County Fair. Be a part of this fun competition and submit your most creative idea that showcases the fun side of the Ozaukee County Fair. Artists have the chance to win a grand prize if their piece is selected. All entrants will receive a complimentary daily parking pass for each entry, to the 2022 Ozaukee County Fair, August 3-7.
The Poster Art Competition is open to Wisconsin residents only, age 18 & older.
Artwork should reflect a celebration of the Ozaukee County Fair, with a dominant fair element as the focal point (i.e. animals, rides, music, competitive exhibits, food, etc.). A specific medium or artistic style is not required however, we are not looking for a collage. Submissions are encouraged to be a celebration of the Ozaukee County Fair and should be created as an advertisement. All posters submitted to the state contest will become the property of the Ozaukee County Fair, and may be used for promotional purposes.
All submissions must include the following:
1. A completed entry form
2. Resume (maximum of two pages)
3. Color design depicting fun at the Ozaukee County Fair
4. Brief description of submitted sketch and intended medium
5. 3-4 color copies of previous work
6. Do not use objects raised from the surface.
7. Do not use well-known or copyright characters
8. All digitally created files must also be submitted via .eps, .ai, or .psd and .pdf format.
9. All materials must be submitted in hard copy form on an 11x17 sheet of paper with artist’s name on the back of each sheet.
Submission materials will not be returned. Artwork must be two-dimensional and use traditional media in the final piece. Concepts may be rendered using computer software but the final piece must use traditional media. The final size of the grand prize artwork must be able to transfer to an 11 x 17-inch horizontal or vertical poster. The submission must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 30, 2021. See Submitting Entries below for mailing and drop-off addresses.
Judges will be looking for the following in each of the submissions:
• Artwork should be fun and a celebration of the Ozaukee County Fair with a dominant Fair element (not a collage)
• Passion for the Ozaukee County Fair
• Appeal to a broad audience
• Must include “Ozaukee County Fair” and year (2022) in artwork; Fair dates are optional (August 3-7)
Failure to adhere to these standards will result in disqualification.
There will be three parts to the selection process:
1. A panel of judges will review all submissions and select their top three submissions.
2. The artists of the top three submissions will be invited to the Ozaukee County Fair to further explain their concept. Then, each finalist will create a more detailed draft of his/her concept. Each of the finalists will be given a $____ stipend and six (6) complimentary Grand Stand admission tickets upon the timely completion of the second draft, as outlined by an artist’s agreement.
3. The panel of judges will review the finalists’ concepts and will select the artwork.
4. After the Grand Champion Artist has been selected, the artist will meet with the judges to discuss why their piece was chosen and the next steps.
5. The top artist will receive a grand prize of $100 after final artwork is delivered to the Ozaukee County Fair
Terms and Conditions for Grand Champion Artist
A complete agreement will be presented at the time of artist selection. The artist will retain the copyright, but full ownership of the finished selection will be transferred to the Ozaukee County Fair. The Ozaukee County Fair will also have the right to reproduce the original artwork for use in advertising and promotion of the Ozaukee County Fair. The artist of the final selection agrees to publicity to promote their artwork upon request. In addition to the Grand Prize of_____ for being the Grand Champion Artist, the artist will receive 25 posters The Ozaukee County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Ozaukee County Fair established in 1859, is a 501c3 non-profit corporation.
Schedule of Events
Competition opens: October 31, 2021
Entry deadline: November 30, 2021
Judges review artwork & selections made: December 7, 2021
Grand Prize Winner informed: December 8, 2021
Grand Prize Winner signing of releases: December 10, 2021
Materials must be postmarked by November 30, 2021 to:
Ozaukee County Fair Poster Art Competition P.O. Box 173 Cedarburg, WI 53012
Any questions about the competition should be directed to Jamie Nevins @ email@example.com
By Mary Boyle
In their 2019-2020 season, Forward Theater Company of Madison was just one week away from the opening night of their final production of the year when Jen Uphoff Gray, Forward's Artistic Director, led the Company through not only the difficult decision to cancel all of the performances for the run of the last show, but also the brave decision to have faith in their theatre community and support the professional theatre artists who had committed to the show by fully honoring their contracts, as well as keeping their staff at full employment and benefits throughout the shut down. Her faith and determination payed off. After a successful virtual 2020-2021 run, Forward has made the return to live, in-person theatre for their lucky 13th season, while continuing to offer a virtual option in order to include everyone. Not only that, for their second production, they have brought back the play the pandemic took away: THE AMATEURS.
The universe has a peculiar way of trashing our best laid plans, only to prove that it is, in fact, the true master of good timing; such is the case with this play. Written by Jordan Harrison and directed by Jen Uphoff Gray, The Amateurs follows a troop of rag tag players in 14th Century Europe, during the time of the black death, who "bring stories of the scripture to the people." In the hope of impressing their patron, the Duke, the players are developing a new play about Noah's Ark, but they are hit with misfortune after misfortune as they journey to Court while trying to outrun the plague and their own secrets. Along the way, the players contemplate and reckon with individuality, their value as actors, sin, God, love, fear and death, and though that may not sound like the basis of a good comedy, the play is laugh-out-loud funny, as well as being remarkably relatable, thought-provoking, poignant and timely.
Four of the cast members returned from the original production: Matt Daniels is Larking, the pompous and overbearing director; Josh Krause plays Gregory, a simple man who makes props and scenery, but is rarely given lines; Emily Glick plays Rona, Larking's love interest and a player with a secret she soon won't be able to hide; and Kat Wodtke is Hollis, who loses her older brother and fellow player to the plague in the opening scene. New to this version of the production are James Carrington as Bromo, who secretly misses Henry as much as Hollis, and Ty Fanning as the Physic, who joins the players to replace Henry, but also to escape secrets of his own.
Forward Theater has demonstrated a knack for choosing bold new and culturally relevant productions, and The Amateurs is just that. The set design, props and costumes are simple yet incredibly well-designed, and are just enough to take you into the medieval world without being overdone (Scenic Design by Nathan Stuber, Props by Pam Miles and Costume design by Monica Kilkus). The entire cast is incredibly strong and talented, featuring several of Milwaukee's finest. Matt Daniels and Kat Wodtke have long been two of my favorite Wisconsin-based actors, but Josh Krause, who is relatively new to the scene, has continually blown me away with every performance I see him in, and this one is no exception (both Daniels and Krause were brilliant together in Jeeves at Sea at MCT). James Carrington is always fun to watch, and though it's been a bit since I've seen Ty Fanning on the stage, since I don't get to APT as much as I'd like to, I was truly impressed by both his Emily Glick's performance.
One of the very interesting aspects of the play is that the playwright, Harrison, wrote himself into the story. Played by Josh Krause (who also plays Gregory in the players), the main story takes a pause and jumps into the present as the playwright comes on stage and removes the fourth wall, addressing the audience directly. He proceeds to tell a series of stories about growing up during the AIDS epidemic of the 80's and early 90's, already aware that he, himself, was gay. Those experiences clearly inform the play, though he admits they weren't the main inspiration for the story, at all; it was coming across an actual medieval play of Noah's Ark in which the wife of Noah, who does not have a name, does not obediently get on the boat, as she does in the bible. The deviation from the story prompted the playwright to wonder at the cause, and that wonder brought forth a play.
The parallels between the Black Death, the AIDS epidemic and our current pandemic are unmistakable and fascinating, and yet the play was written before the current pandemic, which makes it even more remarkable. Our human collective is suffering, but we are awakening to the idea that the collective is only as strong and healthy as the individual and that, as individuals, we are not simply actors on the stage condemned to our lines; we can improvise. We have agency. The plague, the AIDS epidemic, our pandemic: they have all taken people away, but we who are left behind are charged with "naming the nameless" and to "remember...the things it extinguished and the things it inspired." Yet, as Hollis notes, people have always thought the world is going to end, but "the persistence of the normal is strong. Confronted with a crisis, I guess it's sad, we forget easily."
"But maybe that's how we're able to move forward," the playwright suggests.
The Amateurs may be the most important production of the season, and I am thrilled that Forward has made it so accessible to everyone. Although I love and miss the experience of live theatre and the connection that takes place between the audience and the actors, the virtual experience of The Amateurs was nearly as good as the real thing (when you factor in that I watched it on my laptop while I was warm and comfortable in my own bed, I think it actually evens out). The purchase of a ticket gets you a link to the performance that can be viewed online any time through the run of the show, without the need to make the trip to Madison (though I certainly believe it is worth the trip, should you choose to make it).
THE AMATEURS runs through November 21st at The Playhouse at Overture Center, located at 201 State Street in Madison. Tickets for both in-person and virtual performances may be purchased online at https://forwardtheater.com/show/the-amateurs.
There are two Live Lectures happening at the Overture Center which are free to the public and proceed a performance:
Traditions of Medieval TheaterSaturday, 11/13 at 6:30pm
Presented by Martin Foys
- Martin Foys is a professor in Medieval Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Macabre and the Performance of DeathSaturday, 11/20 at 6:30pm
Presented by Thomas Dale
- Thomas Dale is the UW Director of Medieval Studies and Professor of Art History, and will give a lecture on the macabre and the performance of death in late medieval art and visual culture.
By Mary Boyle
Once upon a time, most of the fresh food available for purchase at the grocery store or market was produced locally; the systems simply did not exist to transport fresh food economically, so fresh produce was mainly limited to what could be grown nearby. In Wisconsin, with our long, cold winters, this meant that farmers had to know how to extend the growing season, as well as how to store produce properly so that it could be utilized until spring finally arrived. What couldn’t survive fresh was preserved in a variety of ways, either by individuals, the farmers or, as time went on, companies that specialized in canning food. This was why, when my mother was a child in the 1950’s, getting an orange in the toe of your stocking on St. Nick’s at the beginning of a Wisconsin winter was a treasured treat. Were we able to beam ourselves back fifty years to a local grocery store, most of us would be shocked at how little choices were available for fresh produce, especially in the dead of winter.
The availability of cheap oil gradually changed our local food systems into a global one. More vehicles needed good roads, which went on to replace the trains that were once the only way for food to travel long distances (and only food that could survive the trip). Eventually, even airplanes became an economical option and, with speed like that, we can now find fresh raspberries and tomatoes grown in Mexico or South America in vast produce aisles in the middle of February in Wisconsin. The convenience and availability are so commonplace, we are no longer aware of what a luxury it is…or what the real costs are, not just in the quality of the food, which is often picked long before ripeness, so it travels well (or is even bred to be sturdier for travel), nor in the environmental cost caused by more vehicles on the roads and planes in the air burning more fossil fuels, but also in the gradual loss of local food systems.
The need for redeveloping a year-round market for local food has become more obvious as we witness the disruption in the supply chain caused by the pandemic: the farther our food and other products must travel, the more likely it is that the supply will be disrupted; a community that solely relies on food produced outside its borders will not fare well should those outside systems be disturbed, be it from a pandemic, natural disaster or some other event we haven’t happened upon, yet. Furthermore, we have already seen how the price of oil affects the cost of goods that must travel long distances to reach us; this isn’t really an issue when the product isn’t something we actually require, such as the latest smart phone or a particular brand of shoes, but it is not impossible to imagine a time when food that must be transported could become too costly for a part of the population.
Ozaukee and the surrounding area is blessed to have a number of long-running and popular outdoor Farmers Markets between June and October, offering the opportunity to purchase food and other goods straight from the producer, which benefits the consumer because they’re able to know exactly where and how the food is produced, and benefits the producer because it allows them to get more profit for their goods than they can by selling it wholesale to grocery stores, restaurants or other wholesale buyers outside of the community the food is grown in. The end of October has, in the past, meant the end of the local food season; but now, as demand for local food grows, indoor Farmers Market opportunities have also grown which, in turn, encourages producers to use methods to extend their season and goods, such as using cold frames and hoop houses, or preserving their harvest by freezing, canning, or dehydrating.
For several years, PortFish, Ltd., a local aquaponics outfit in Port Washington, ran the indoor Port Washington Winter Market out of the local Congregational Church, which was then taken over by Jennifer Sapiro and went on to be sponsored by Port Washington Main Street in 2018. During the 2017/18 season, they began to alternate the market between the American Legion/Inventors Brewpub and the church and quickly learned that the new venue was a huge hit; the Winter Market has been happening there ever since, though it has been outdoors when possible, or order online and purchase pickup when it wasn’t, over the pandemic. Finally, the Winter Market will return in person on Saturday, November 6th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continue for two Saturdays every month through March.
The Winter Market is no longer the only local food game in Port, however; the DreamPort Harvest Market, a new venture by Dream Apple Farm (read the story here), will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through December 18th, then they plan to open as a retail store in April, giving even more opportunities to purchase local food throughout the entire season.
There are also several options for buying direct from the farmer on the farm in Ozaukee County. In Cedarburg, Witte’s Vegetable Farm Store will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday until the Saturday before Thanksgiving, while Appleland Farm Market in Fredonia will be open daily through November and Friday through Sunday for the first two weekends of December. Barthel’s Fruit Farm in Mequon will be open daily from 9-5 through Thanksgiving, with their bakery open Friday through Sunday and November 24th (you can order your pies for Thanksgiving directly from them!).
Another local food option that became available thanks to the pandemic is the Ozaukee Area REKO Ring. Founded by Venessa Quiñones in April of 2020, the REKO Ring allows local food producers to put their offerings into Facebook posts on the group's site where members can then place their orders. Pick ups are on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. in Grafton in the former Shopko parking lot and the final pick up for the year is December 16th.
Now is also a great time to consider buying a CSA share (or, consider giving one as a gift for Christmas!). CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is when a person buys a share of the harvest before it is grown or produced so that the farmer has the funds upfront to begin planting, as well as a guaranteed customer. Appleland Farm Market and Willoway Farm (which also offers a fresh flower CSA) in Fredonia, Winterspring Farm (formerly Wellspring) in Newburg and Rare Earth Farm in Belgium are all excellent places to support.
Convenience and availability are hard to ignore, of course, so we are extremely lucky to have two dedicated, year-round grocery stores that are committed to local food in Oz, which is the next best thing to buying direct from the farmer: the cooperative Outpost Natural Foods in Mequon and Slow Pokes Local Foods in Grafton. Kathleen McGlone, who opened Slow Pokes in 2006, has been dedicated to not only supporting local food systems, but to helping people with food intolerances, particularly gluten sensitivities. After 15 years in business, Kathleen is looking for the right person to take over her venture; if you’re interested in being Ozaukee’s next local food champion, get in touch with Kathleen.
Ozaukee Living Local was born out of the local food movement in Ozaukee County to promote local growers and to connect the community with them; we continue to take this part of our mission very seriously. Did we miss someone? Let us know! Most importantly, please commit to buying as much local food as possible, as well as buying other products that are locally made. The money you spend on local food and goods stays local and contributes to the building and strengthening of our local economy – a process called relocalization – which makes our community more resilient, more connected, and less susceptible to the highs and lows of the global market. This is a mission we can all get behind.