MONROE (WKOW) -- A group of female farmers want southern Wisconsin to know about farm fresh food. The Soil Sisters are once again hosting their culinary event this week August 5 - 7 mostly in Green County.
The event spans more than 20 farms and celebrates Wisconsin family farms and rural life. It takes place mostly in the Monroe and Brodhead areas. The Soil Sisters encourage you to bring your coolers for fresh produce and meats. Here are some of the highlights:
• Green Acres: In Her Boots, a day long, hands-on program for aspiring women farmers. Facilitated by the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES); Friday, August 5; 10am – 3pm; ticketed event.
• Taste of Place at Cow & Quince Restaurant: Kick-off the weekend at this local food celebration; Friday, August 5; 6 pm – 8 pm; ticketed event.
• Green Acres Workshops: On-farm, hands-on fun and educational workshops; Saturday, August 6, 9am – 3pm (various times and locations); ticketed event.
• Dinner on the Farm at Sandhill Family Farms: Farm-to-table picnic featuring local cuisine and live music; Saturday, August 6, 4pm – 9pm; $75 per adult, kids under age 10 eat free; ticketed event.
• Tour of Farms: Farmstands are open at numerous farms, sharing eggs, fresh produce, cut flowers and hand-crafted items; Tours throughout the day. Sunday, August 7; 11am – 6pm; free event.
• Dine Fine: Numerous participating restaurants feature local menu specials.
Friday, August 5 — Sunday, August 7; specials vary by participating restaurants.
For more information about the event, click on this website.
Kriss Marion from Circle M Market Farm in Blanchardville appeared on Wake Up Wisconsin to share one of her recipes Monday and talk about the event. If you want to make the Napa Cabbage treat she shared with viewers, here is the recipe:
One Head of Napa Cabbage
1 cup of each for spreads:
Cream Cheese or Goat Cheese
1 cup of each for toppings:
raisins or currants
shredded cheddar cheese
chopped herbs like mint, basil and cilantro
1/2 cup each for drizzle:
balsamic vinegar reduction/glaze
• Pull off the large outer leaves off of the cabbage and set aside for a slaw or soup.
• Individually rinse the smaller, firmer leaves, those about 6 inches or smaller in length, and arrange in a nice bowl like a giant rose. You want this presentation to look attractive and touchable. A cabbage rose!
• Fill some colorful bowls with individual spreads and toppings. Marion recommends peanut butter as a spread, but kids with nut allergies can try cream cheese or goat cheese. Mayo is another option, especially if you need a dairy-free and nut-free option.
• For toppings, put out bowls of salted sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, currants or raising, shredded coconut. A surprisingly great combo is peanut butter with shredded cheddar cheese.
To serve: Simply take a leaf, spread with peanut butter or soft cheese, and sprinkle with your choice of toppings. If desired, and not in a situation where mess is an issue, drizzle honey or a balsamic reduction over the top. Eat flat like a piece of bread, or roll into a wrap. This is a satisfying tactile snack as well as a pretty and healthy one, as well. Marion’s motto at Circle M Market Farm is “Play with Your Food” and this fits the bill perfectly.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Serving size: 10 for a snack/appetizer