I found a hidden treasure in Milwaukee. And it’s happening almost every weekend from Nov-April at State Fair Park.
Who knew? Milwaukee has a Farmers’ Market during the winter.
As soon as I heard this was going on, I had to stop in and see this for myself.
The room was packed with folks buzzing around from table to table to see who had the best products to offer. We needed a game plan. Do we start heading right, to be greeted by the friends from the elk farm? Or head to the left to a table filled with baskets of mushrooms?
Right turn first. Make our way around and end with the mushroom lady.
I saw them right away. Apples. From a farm. In Wisconsin. If you pay attention to the stickers on your apples from the store, many of them are coming from New Zealand this time of year. (or any time for that matter) In my opinion, many of the store bought apples have lost their taste. It was the only thing on my list really.
The nice gentleman explained that the apples will keep for quite a while if you store them at a cool temperature, just above freezing. I grabbed a few from him and another apple vendor who was selling Honey Crisps, my favorite!
Next stop- a visit with Rich at the Sorghum table. I have started using sorghum flour more often and had recently purchased this exact brand from Outpost. I picked up some Sorghum Hot Breakfast Cereal, and have been topping it with a little milk and real maple sugar. Yum!
Mmm… cheese. From our new friends at Saxon. We first tasted their products at Larry’s Market and were delighted to find them at this market. (especially because they had a whole table of cheeses to try) I picked this one. Pastures. A hint of sweet, creamy, oh-so-good.
After filling our bags with local goodness, we glanced around the room one more time, to be sure we had gotten everything we said, “we’ll come back for that” to.
A sign caught my eye.
It said “All Enchiladas are Naturally Gluten Free.” This I had to see. Linda at Cocina DeLeon was happy to tell me all about how easy it is to make the enchiladas gf, no need for anything but real, safe ingredients. She was even kind enough to give me some enchiladas to sample and tell you about.
I picked spinach/bean and she gifted me the beef enchiladas. They come frozen in the tray you cook them it. Simple. Perfect for a busy week night when you don’t feel like cooking.
Easy to make, just pop them in the oven, then add the enchilada sauce and shredded cheese (included in their own cute little containers) and finish them off with a bit longer in the oven. Stop in to see her at their Brookfield location, or even better, head out to State Fair Park and visit her and other local friends doing their part!
Both flavors hit the spot. Authentic taste, not like a frozen dinner with over processed ingredients. Homemade taste. Perfect for a chilly Wisco day. Thank you to Linda for being helpful and enthusiastic about her products. She loves her work and it shows! (even when all the other vendors were packing up and we caught her at the end of the day)