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Michael Zydowicz

The alley cat is back. No, not that stray tabby that's been hanging around your garbage can, but one of the best ways to spend a night on a bike. The organizers behind the Don't Kill the Messenger alley cat race this past April have put together another event for the Madison bicycling community in November. more

Nov 12, 2010 6:00 PM A & E

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Michael Zydowicz

Sutter's Ridge Farm has seen a lot of changes over the years. Owned by a single family for three generations, it was originally one of over 100 dairy farms in the Mount Horeb area. However, over the years, the cows were sold, the barn burned down, and times changed. The only constant was that the farm always stayed in the Sutter family, eventually ending up in the hands of Matt Sutter, grandchild of the original owners. more

Oct 7, 2010 9:00 PM Cooking

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Michael Zydowicz

Today, Wisconsin Highlands Farms no longer sells any vegetables, and the majority of the 120 acres on the property are rented out to other farmers. The only part of the farm to stand the test of time is the wool business, which currently uses approximately five acres of grazing land. more

Sep 30, 2010 9:00 PM Cooking

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Michael Zydowicz

When Ed and Diane Westra bought their family farm from Ed's parents in the early 1980s, they thought they were getting a typical Wisconsin farm. Ed knew the land well, because he had grown up on the 80-acre plot in Randolph. In fact, this dairy farm had been in the Westra family for over 100 years. But when Ed and Diane took over, like any new management, they decided to make some improvements. more

Sep 23, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Michael Zydowicz

Back in 1982, Helen and Michael Kallenbach decided to chase their dreams and buy a small farm in Poynette. They had goats, a garden, and all the other small farm mainstays they could wish for. In addition to living a simpler life, the Kallenbachs also made a commitment to eating all-natural, healthy foods, and cutting things like butter and refined sugar from their diets. more

Sep 9, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Michael Zydowicz

Today, Weston's Antique Apple Orchard boasts well over 100 varieties of apples on 16 acres of land. Some 98% of the apples are heirloom varieties not commercially grown on a large scale. more

Aug 26, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

Remember that seasonal beer New Glarus Brewing Company made a couple of years ago? You know, the one you really liked, but can't find anymore? Well, the brewery remembers it too, and is giving you a chance to help bring it back via its third annual Beer Vote. more

Aug 25, 2010 8:37 PM Beer

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Mike Zydowicz

Brantmeier Family Farm consists of four acres of crops, with 15 acres of hay and mulch, 55 acres of woodland, and the remainder of the land dedicated to the USDA Conservation Reserve Program. It sells an assortment of products including herbs, natural soap, and several "feral foods," foods that naturally grow in the wild and are collected for consumption. more

Aug 12, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

Every Saturday, the farm offers a selection of gourmet mushrooms, dried mushrooms, fresh herbs, and mushroom seasonings. Oyster mushrooms have proven to be the most popular item. Customers are often attracted by the array of colors that the mushrooms display, including red, white, blue, and yellow. more

Jul 29, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

About an hour's drive northwest of Madison, in Sauk County, lies the city of Reedsburg. At the corner of Main Street and North Webb Avenue, near the bridge over the Baraboo River, is a worthy stop: The Corner Pub & Brewery. more

Jul 27, 2010 8:00 PM Beer

Alsum Sweet Corn is a large family affair operated by Alsum, his wife, and their five children. The farm is located in Randolph, Wis., and consists of 450 acres of cash crops, which are not sold at markets, 100 acres of sweet corn and 15 acres of other produce such as beans, cantaloupe, zucchini, and peppers. more

Jul 22, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Michael Zydowicz

While the Flyte Family Farm has been in operation for decades, it began a new era when one of the Flyte children, Adam Flyte, married his wife Carrie. Adam was raised on the farm, and grew up with plenty of traditional agricultural experience. Carrie's training, however, was rather unorthodox. While a student at UWPlatteville, she received an internship with Walt Disney World. more

Jul 15, 2010 9:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

Starting a microbrewery is difficult, but an exclusive distribution channel through Wisconsin Hospitality Group -- owners and operators of all Applebee's restaurants in Wisconsin -- may help the newly formed Lead Feather Brewing Company outpour its competition. Incorporated in November 2009, and founded by three business partners, including a brewmaster with over 30 years of experience, the brewery is a new entrant to the Wisconsin scene. more

Jul 13, 2010 8:34 PM Beer

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Michael Zydowicz

When Noah and Josh Engel were children, aged nine and 11 respectively, they started a small business selling potatoes. Their original farm was a quarter-acre plot on the Engel family organic dairy farm. As the brothers grew up, their interest in farming never waned. more

Jul 1, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Michael Zydowicz

Paul Ehrhardt and Kay Jensen can trace their families' farming history back for hundreds of years, and are proud to continue that tradition today. Growing up on small dairy farms, they both learned from an early age that a farmer could make an honest living without having a large plot of land or hundreds of animals. more

Jun 24, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Michael Zydowicz

After four years of being an apprentice on organic farms, Bross struck out on her own in 1990, founding Luna Circle Farm. She and her partner borrowed land from a friend and started their organic farm with only a "rake, shovel, hoe, and hard work." more

Jun 17, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

New Belgium couldn't be more proud of Fat Tire, but it wants the public to know that it's not the only beer that the company brews. In fact, it makes nearly 30 other year-round, seasonal, and special brews. To get the word out about these lesser-known beers, the brewery has developed the Clips of Faith Tour. The inaugural year of the tour kicks off at Olin Park in Madison on Wednesday, June 16, and will feature 40 amateur video segments submitted by fans of New Belgium beer. more

Jun 14, 2010 3:43 PM Beer

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Michael Zydowicz

If you think that Wisconsin loves cheese, you should try going to Switzerland. Or better yet, bring some of the Swiss affinity for cheese over to the States. That's exactly what Willi Lehner's parents did in the early 1950s, when they brought their passion for great Swiss-made cheese to Wisconsin. more

Jun 10, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Michael Zydowicz

Pete and Pam Augustyn have always been about family, and that's why, in the mid-1990s, with an ever-growing clan at home, they began looking for a business that would allow them to earn a living and spend time together as a family. After a bit of searching, their answer came in the form of a 4-H field trip to a hydroponic tomato farm. more

Jun 3, 2010 8:00 PM FOOD & DRINK

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Michael Zydowicz

Madison is known for being progressive, but when it comes to vegetarian restaurants, the city has long missed the mark. Vegetarians have often been forced to settle when it comes to food options in the city, with many having to make a meal out of appetizers or selecting from the children's menu. more

May 26, 2010 7:00 PM FOOD & DRINK