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Farmers Union donates 30,000 pounds of pork to Feed My People

Farmers Union Enterprises Truck
May 8, 2020

During the current pandemic, food insecurity has visited many families in the area due to unemployment and under-employment. Farmers Union Enterprises donated 30,000 pounds of pork ribs to the Feed My People Food Bank in Eau Claire today The ribs come from Redwood Farms, one of the companies belonging to Farmers Union Enterprises. Redwood Farms supplies premium pork products to high-end restaurants in New York, Chicago and other cities across the U.S.

Menomonie Market Food Co-op and Just Local Foods announce cooperative agreement

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April 15, 2020

In a letter this afternoon, Menomonie Market Food Co-op of Menomonie and Just Local Foods of Eau Claire announced plans to share some services between the two co-ops. 

Disclaimer -  I am a member of the Board of Directors at Menomonie Market Food Co-op

Stepping Stones in Menomonie Makes Changes, Asks for Volunteers

Stepping Stones Changes
March 17, 2020
#1c1e21; font-size: 13px;" class="_xlr">Volunteers Needed Now at Stepping Stones!
Message from Katherine Dutton: We need some extra volunteers right now to help with the food packing. Many of our volunteers are in the high-risk age category--but young at heart! We know some will want to step down for the time being and we want them to be safe.

Our Favorite Things - Menomonie Winter Farmers Market delights the senses

Rachel Henderson at Farmers Market

Sock Making Machine

December 21, 2019

This is the start of a new series of articles about our favorite things in the Chippewa Valley. Today's is the  For the winter, the Menomonie Farmers Market moves indoors, and features a variety of winter foods, crafts, art, baked goods and more.

Live Stream from Iowan Organic Farmers Presidential Forum

BERNIE SPEAKS AT IOWAN ORGANIC FARMERS PRESIDENTIAL FORUM

December 5, 2019

I believe this will just be a stream of Bernie Sanders at the forum.

Local Organic Milk Supplier Closing

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November 15, 2019

We are very sorry to hear that local organic dairy pioneer is closing down. Castle Rock was one of the first dairies in the area to ship organic milk in returnable glass bottles and has since expanded to produce ice cream, eggs, and butter.

Why Homegrown Garlic Is Best Planted In Autumn

October 10, 2019

Ed. Note - I am at the moment getting ready to plant the garlic at Cruiskeen Lawn Farm

When most of Wisconsin's farmers are focused on harvesting the season's corn, potatoes and cranberries, some of them — along with a good many home gardeners — are already preparing to plant one crop that won't be ready to pick until the following summer: garlic.

Where In Wisconsin Do Hardiness Zone Shifts Reflect A Changing Climate?

June 6, 2019

For centuries, gardeners have depended on tradition and long-honed folk knowledge to inform their spring planting decisions. Although many American gardeners may still prefer to sow their seeds guided by the advice of their forebears today they have another source of information.

Menomonie Market Funds Our Foodshed

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May 23, 2019

For the second year, Menomonie Market Food Co-op has awarded grants to local farmers to promote the growth of regional farming, food processing, and product development in the Chippewa Valley.

90% of the farms in the US are classified as small according to the USDA. Although an increasing amount of our food comes from large agricultural concerns, small farms help to maintain our rural economies, steward our resources and are incubators for new agricultural opportunities.

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