Where have we been lately?
|Brooke's Nook is in Fox Lake. We stopped in for lunch a few weeks ago|
when we were camping at Ledge Park. Rick had a burger and I had a chicken
Caesar wrap. We both were pleased with our meals.
Last weekend we traveled to northern Wisconsin to hear Willie Nelson in concert at the Big Top Chautauqua. We stopped in Tomah for lunch.
|The Greenwood Cafe was our destination. We had a nice chat with the owner|
who, just that day, received his copy of Wisconsin's Best. This was definitely
a place where the locals hung out. Our waitress knew every one of them (mostly
senior citizens, like us) by name.
Our next stop was Sheldon, my hometown, where we spent Friday night with my sister, Nancy, and her husband, Jim. They took is to a neighboring town, Conrath, for a traditional Wisconsin fish fry.
Rather than the fish, Rick and Jim each had a delicious steak that we learned came from Iowa. Not quite local, but at least from a neighboring state. According to Rick, it's a better value to go out for steak rather than grill your own these days.
There's no lack of great restaurants in the Chequamegon Bay area, our final destination, where the Big Top is located. We stayed in Ashland in a motel that overlooked Lake Superior and partook of the local cuisine.
But eating locally is not just about the restaurants, it's also about the food that's grown locally.
Our friend, Linda, has a son, Rob, who has a farm outside of Bayfield - Twisting Twig Gardens & Orchard. Rob has owned this 40-acre farm for nearly 10 years. He grows organic produce that can be purchased at the Chequamegon Food Co-op. My brother-in-law jokingly called it the "hippy grocery store" and when Rick asked at a local bookstore where the "hippy grocery store" was located, a young woman instantly knew what he was talking about and gave us directions.
|This store reminded me of our Willy Street Co-op here in|
Madison with its focus on organic produce and other
|Swiss chard ready for market. Rob waters his gardens|
with a system of hoses using water from a deep pond on
|Tomatoes will be ripe soon.|
|Along with apple trees, Rob has blueberry bushes on the farm. The largest|
blueberry farm in Wisconsin is close by Rob's farm.
|Along with good, local food, Maggie's is all about flamingos.|
We vintage camping trailer folks love that mascot!
|It was an hour wait at the Delta Diner but we were prepared that would be the|
case. We passed the time sipping our iced coffee purchased at the coffee shop
on the grounds and visiting with our friends. It was a lovely day to wait outside.
|What better to host at a classic diner than a classic|
car show! (A picture in the diner)
|Yes, we were in the middle of nowhere at the Delta Diner, but|
a destination not to be missed.
One more local stop before we reached home on Monday - Schieneback's Shanty in Butternut for breakfast. This restaurant wasn't listed in Wisconsin's Best but it should have been.
|Again, another place where the locals hang out.|
Let me close this post with some advice when you are traveling anywhere . . .