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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.

Despite Growth In Numbers, Many Farmers' Markets Face Fierce Competition

Beliot Market

Farmers’ markets provide many benefits for communities of all sizes. They offer a physical location for people to connect with their neighbors, access farm-fresh and healthy foods, and learn more about how food is grown.

Wisconsin's Farmers' Markets Come In Many Sizes And Structures

Whitewater Farmers Market

As many Wisconsinites know, not all farmers' markets are the same, but they are found in all types of communities – cities, small towns, suburbs and rural areas. With differences in size, rules and management styles, many of these markets offer unique features and face diverse challenges in providing localized access to fresh foods and other products.

Food Entrepreneur Roundtable and a tour of Forage Eau Claire

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Food Entrepreneur's Roundtable and a visit to Forage EC

Forage Eau Claire recently held a roundtable for Food Entrepreneurs in the Chippewa Valley.  The event was sponsored by Forage and the Western Dairyland Business Center. The discussion included the growth of Forage, the difficulties of being a food entrepreneur, and a tour of the Forage commercial kitchen and new pop-up food event space. The event was led by Forage owners Kristen Dexter and Michelle Thiede.

How Americans Forgot And Rediscovered The Values Of Farmers' Markets

In a highly connected age of smartphone shopping and new automated grocery delivery services, a trip to a local farmers' market can seem like an anachronistic journey to the past. The streets and parking lots where markets are often held find neighbors greeting each other amid fresh produce and baked goods as live music fills the air, creating a different atmosphere than supermarkets, much less a glowing screen at home.

Crystal Ball Barn Fire

Crystal Ball Fire

Sad news to report this morning in the local food department. Beloved Osceola organic milk supplier Crystal Ball suffered a devastating barn fire last night, and the barn is a total loss. Thanks to an unknown person reporting the fire to the family they managed to remove all of the cows from the barn and they are all doing fine. 

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