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Antitrust panel at WFU State Convention 2019

Wis.Community will be traveling with the Wisconsin Farmers Union to the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake Iowa. The trip will include the forum itself, which is the first candidate forum of the 2020 campaign season. It will also include a Farmer Bill of Rights Rally sponsored by Family Farm Action.

Eau Claire City Council At-Large Candidate Forum

Eau Claire City Council, At- Large Candidate Forum; March 21, 2019

The April 2 election is quickly closing in on us. We have featured some forums from the Menomonie area, but for those of you in Eau Claire, we're providing a video of the At-Large Candidate Forum for the Eau Claire City Council. These candidates are all running for the City Council, and this video may help you make up your mind. Thanks to Valley Media Works for the video.

Time to decide what ‘reality’ we want for America’s Dairyland

Danielle Endvick

Upcoming Dairy Together Road Show brings hope, research for a path forward

By Danielle Endvick | WFU Communications Director

“Reality.” It’s a word I’ve run across lately more than I’d like.

Menomonie Market Receives Grant

Menomonie Market Logo

Menomonie Market Food Co-op has received a grant from The Micah Fund, a fund of The Community Foundation of Dunn County. The $3000 award will further support the co-op's Double Dollars food access program, which incentivizes FoodShare participants to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables. Any customer using their FoodShare card to buy fruits or vegetables any Tuesday receives a voucher to match up to $10 to be redeemed for fruits or vegetables on their next visit.

More big changes in Chippewa Valley Retail

Retail in the Chippewa Valley and across the state continues to shape-shift. Two announcements today of particular interest:

$4 dinners at Menomonie Market

Pulled Pork Dinner

A new project at the Menomonie Market Food Co-op is the $4 dinner. Every Wednesday from 4:30 to 7:30 the Co-op offers a different $4 dinner. I go almost every week now, and it's a chance to have a wholesome, healthy, filling dinner at a low price. Take-out dinners are also available at the same price. There is a link to the dinner menu for the next few weeks below. 

The Allure Of Destination Breweries As Rural Economic Engines

In view of the two new breweries opening in Menomonie by year's end (more later).

Craft beer fans seeking different flavors are accustomed to hitting the road to taste offerings from breweries both near and far from home. Special releases of new and limited-run creations are a big draw, but so too are the breweries themselves.

Ken Meter speaks on Strengthening Communities

Ken Meter

Ken meter strengthening rural communities

Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. Meter holds 47 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building. His local economic analyses have promoted local food networks in 140 regions in 40 states, two provinces, and three tribal nations. 

Changes in the Eau Claire restaurant scene

A few big changes in some highly-valued restaurants in Eau Claire:

The popular coffee shop Racy D'Lene's and the associated breakfast spot The Nucleus are changing hands. They have been purchased by Pablo Properties, currently involved in The Oxbow Hotel and The Lismore in Eau Claire. Pablo Properties has promised to not make big changes in either of the very popular spots, but the new owners do intend to attempt to source more local ingredients.

Maple Syrup's Deep Roots In Wisconsin

Maple Syrup

Breakfast enthusiasts understand the importance of a quality maple syrup. But the real stuff often isn't in the big bottles that line grocery store shelves — no, genuine maple syrup is a product resulting from a meticulous practice of tapping trees and cooking sap. And even though it's produced in the spring, maple syrup is a year-round household staple.

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