This week on Wisconsin Foodie, we help Gretchen Mead install gardens in people’s as part of the Victory Garden Initiative. Then we come back to see how Concordia Gardens has grown over the season.
This week on Wisconsin Foodie we’re joining the Victory Garden Initiative for their annual Victory Garden Blitz. Every Year, Gretchen Mead leads the charge to bring gardens to urban spaces. First Gretchen shows us around Concordia Gardens. Concordia Gardens has become a template on how to do gardening in urban spaces on a grand scale. Afterwards, to head out to start the Blitz! Each house gets a garden installed by volunteers that may seem small, but goes a long way towards getting healthy food to places where fresh produce may be scarce. Our very own Kyle Cherek jumps into the fray and helps install a number of gardens and meets the families that are excited to start gardening and earning their green thumbs.
Four months later, we rejoin Gretchen at the now blooming and lush Concordia Gardens. Gretchen shows us what has changed in the garden that is now overflowing with abundance. But all of the changes don’t stop at just the plants, but continues on to the people around the garden. Kids and adults alike have jumped onboard to the garden and volunteer their time and abilities and turn Concordia Gardens into the vibrant place it is today. In celebration of this wonderful growing season, Concordia Gardens is throwing its first Farmraiser. A fundraiser to help curb the costs of maintaining the garden. They have brought in local artists, chefs, musicians to celebrate how far they have all come, both as a garden and as a community.
S08 E13 – Kyle and Jessica take on the Bayview of Milwaukee in a day of great food and cocktails.
S08 E12 – Wisconsin Foodie visits Spain with Jessica and Karen Bell to see and taste all it has to offer.
S08 E11 – We explore Organic Valley at the Kickapoo Country Fair and All Seasons Farm and watch Organic Valley turn their milk into butter.
S08 E10 – We explore the world of perch at UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science and at Wendt’s Fish Fry.
S08 E09 – We celebrate Native American culture at Indian Summer and then are treated to a traditional musky meal made with wild rice.
S08 E08 – It’s all things cheese at Cheesetopia where we check out a bunch of cheeses and then profile LaClare Farms and their amazing goat cheeses.
S08 E07 – Stoney Acres Farm hosts a pizza night with ingredients right from their farm.
S08 E06 – In this episode, we join George Bregar at Company Brewing as he makes a pale ale with fresh, locally sourced hops. Then we celebrate Oktoberfest with Deb and Dan Carey of New Glarus Brewing.
Wisconsin Foodie is organizing Cheesemaker tours this Spring/Summer and we’d like you to join us.
S08 E05 – This week we tour the driftless region and visit Driftless Organics, Viroqua Food Co-Op, and Rooted Spoon.