Autumn in Wisconsin🎃
Wow! Autumn colors and festivities are in full bloom here in Wisconsin, John’s home state. And in Madison there’s the added vibrancy that a university town brings to the picture. What a gift of vitality to soak in, with three fun activities in just one weekend!
🧡First, The Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, 50 years old this year, extending around Capitol Square every Saturday, is a visual delight. There are enough cheese samples to make any Wisconsinite happy and enough colorful vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods for all.
🧡Then there was the free, self-guided car (or bike!) trip around 50 miles of the Wisconsin countryside called the Farm/Art DTour with food and art stops along the way. It was a most unusual excursion and an inspirational homage to the importance of healthy farmland and food production, with much learning, great nibbles, fun and educational art, and autumn colors as a vivid backdrop. One of our favorite art pieces was a 20’ moveable Giant Farmer of Plain puppet that was a tribute to all the farmers who provide our food.
🧡Finally, we enjoyed a Harvest Happy Hour Party that offered food and beverage that was tasty and attractively presented, and that gave me some fun ideas for future fall entertaining of our own. Here’s what was served:
🍂Housemade Pub Mix: baked Chex mix with ranch slaw
🍁Pear Crostini: Bartlett pears, ricotta cheese, candied walnuts, clover honey on grilled sourdough bread.
🍂Pork Sliders: pulled pork with fall spices, apple cider slaw, chipotle aioli, on brioche buns.
🍁Antipasto Skewers: salami, artichoke hearts, fresh mozzarella, red pepper, cherry tomato, tortellini pasta, marinated olives.
🍎Apple Cider Donuts and a Hot Apple Cider Bar: hot apple cider, caramel syrup, cinnamon sticks, dehydrated apples, and whipped cream.
Oh, Yes…it’s definitely fall in Wisconsin and we are IN❣️ I hope your autumn season is shaping up to be a delightful one for you, as well.🧡