Remember winter? I kind of do but I think it’s probably a lot like childbirth (not that I’m any expert); Once the pain is behind you you’re left with something special. You forget about the shoveling and the waking up to the “This? Again?” of another ten inches of white pain. You block out the memories of the plow pushing three feet of snow right in front of your freshly shoveled driveway or the way people loved to throw boiling water into the air to watch it freeze. Once winter’s icy grip is released you’re rewarded with a healthy, bouncing baby summer.
Summer in Wisconsin is a special treat. It must have been what kept our ancestors around instead of throwing in the mukluks and heading south. Around these parts every weekend creates a difficult choice about how to make the most out of it. A trip to the beach? Camping up north? Kayaking the river? Sipping a cold beverage in the back yard? A street festival? Biking a trail? Seeing a band at Summerfest?
All of these are great ideas but for me, my “go-to” summer treat must be the State Fair. Having the opportunity to work at Outpost makes me appreciate our farmers and vendors even more than before I started working here. I love walking through the livestock areas and thinking, “Yep, I’ve met that farmer!” or seeing the Wisconsin made products and being proud that we sell their jams or their cheeses on our store’s shelves. In fact, check out the story in this issue on Odyssey Brands Greek yogurt and feta to meet a Wisconsin family that knows a thing or two about winning blue ribbons.
All these things make me proud to be an owner and an employee of Outpost and the State Fair is a concrete reminder of why Wisconsin is the place to be winter, spring, summer and fall. And of course, the State Fair has dogs jumping into water. Always the dogs jumping into water.
Get out there and make the most of it!
In this issue:
HOME COOK Getting outside with Anodyne's Steve Kessler
WE SAY OUI A poolside picnic worthy of a French Chateau
GOING GREEK IN WISCONSIN Odyssey Yogurt and Feta
SECRET RECIPE Key Lime Cheesecake with Raspberries
and more ...