Adventurous Eating at the Appleton Downtown Farm Market

Adventurous eating…
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I signed up to be an ADI guest food blogger. Boy, was I in for a treat!

I decided to share all my bounty with a few friends who are up for adventures in eating, as I had no clue what I was going to do with my mystery ingredients.

The farmer’s market vendors I was given were Red Belly Farms, MainLee Cooking and Arthur Bay Cheese Company.


I started my adventure at Arthur Bay Cheese Company, picking up a box of cheese selections: fresh cheese curds, fresh string cheese, baby swiss cheese and the 3 year cheddar.

Arthur Bay has a production plant in Appleton, where the cheese is processed and packaged. The young man at their tent was very helpful and informative.


The cheese curds were delightfully squeaky, and quite tasty. They are made fresh daily for maximum squeakiness. I was not aware that all cheddar cheese begins as curds, and is then pressed together to make the cheese block, and they are not left overs, or crumbled from blocks of cheese.

The string cheese was super fun to eat, and again, quite tasty just by itself as a snack. The 3 year cheddar has a nice sharpness, but not overly so.


I took the swiss and the cheddar and made an amazing mac and cheese dish that got rave reviews! Both cheeses melted nicely into a very smooth sauce. YUM! Home run number 1!

My next stop was to MainLee Cooking. There, I got the Wish Fish Sea Salt, which doesn’t taste anything like fish, but has a great smoky aroma and flavor.


This sea salt is smoked over untreated wood for a sweet, smoky taste. The good folks at MainLee were very helpful in describing the process and how to use the salt. It is good to use with fish, pork, soups, and salads, and imparts a really pleasant smoky note to dishes. I used it more as a finishing salt instead of a main seasoning, as a little goes a long way. I grilled some chicken, and sprinkled some of the Wish Fish Sea Salt on after it came off the grill. It added a great smoky note, that was really nice.

My last stop was Red Belly Farms, which is a family operated farm in Chilton. In addition to the farmers market, they also run a weekly CSA Program that offers people a convenient, option for getting fresh, locally grown vegetables. Members get around 20 weeks of fresh produce. They all kinds of fruits and vegetables available seasonally.


Boy did I hit the mother load with Red Belly Farms! I was handed a bag of corn, thinking that was it and started walking away, to be called back with “Wait, there’s more!”. And wow, was there more! I was handed a big box full of fresh produce. I had no idea what was i it until I got home and opened the box.

I was amazed by all of the goodies in my mystery box! The folks from Read Belly are very generous, and there produce was so delicious. The only way to get it fresher would be to pick it yourself.

So, back to the box. When I opened it, I was greeted by some of the most beautiful produce I have seen in a while. One of things, I didn’t even recognize. Sweet corn, broccoli, tomatoes, green and yellow green beans, peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, baby field green salad mix, green peppers< pickled beets and, finally, green and purple kohlrabi (the mystery vegetable).

I decided to do something a little different, since there was so much amazing produce.


The first course was a salad with the baby field greens withe the tomatoes, cucumbers and a balsamic dressing. For the main course, I made “noodles” out of the zucchini and yellow squash.


I grilled the corn, roasted the broccoli, beans and kohlrabi (which brought out a really nice sweetness to the kohlrabi). I then sautéed the noodles, mixed in the corn, zucchini, beans and kohlrabi. I tossed all of that with some homemade pesto, and topped with the grilled chicken that I had finished with the MainLee Wish Fish Sea Salt.


WOW! Everything was delicious, and my dinner guests were very happy, and thankful I was part of the ADI guest food bloggers.


In closing, all three vendors have amazing produce and ingredients, and I will be visiting all of them again…soon!

  • Arthur Bay is located outside the Trout Museum on College Avenue.
  • Red Belly is in the 4th block of the Farm Market on College Avenue between Durkee St and Drew St.  Look for their red & yellow tents!
  • Main Lea Cooking is on Oneida St.

Michael Miller – Farm Market Food Blogger.

topped with the grilled chicken that I had finished with the MainLee Wish Fish Sea Salt.

WOW! Everything was delicious, and my dinner guests were very happy, and thankful I was part of the ADI guest food bloggers. In closing, all three vendors have amazing produce and ingredients, and I will be visiting all of them again…soon!

Review: Shaved Ice Hits the Spot at Farm Market

shaved ice

Shaved Ice really hits the spot on a warm summer day.  Could it get any bigger or tastier??  I had blue raspberry, cherry and grape…yes you get to have 3 flavors.  I thought there would be no way I would be able to eat it all, but guess what????  I did!  I had a little help from my 5 year old who now comes to the market and asks to get shaved ice and just look at the friendly face that serves you.  Great people and service with a smile!  Make sure to stop by Hawaiian Shave Ice to get yours next time you are at the market located on College Avenue between Durkee St. and Drew St. on Saturday mornings!

Meghan Otis

Paint the Town for Art on the Town with Andrea Salchert at Angels Forever / Windows of Light

2da43fee-abe6-484d-8f87-e4027d89d3cdFriday, August 21st

6-9 pm

“Paint the Town”

Angels Forever – Windows of Light meet, view and purchase the art of Andrea Salchert

“I am a psychic artist from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I am really passionate about combining personal development with artistic pursuits. I believe, creativity is the driving force for change that guides everything to grow and evolve.


My primary focus is working in the encaustic medium.  I combine beeswax, damar resin, and various pigments to paint predominantly on wood panels. Encaustic paint must be warm to be worked, so I use a variety of irons, torches, and other heated tools.  The advantage of working with wax is the visual depth that can be created by painting layer upon layer of translucent medium. When pressure is applied, through scraping and polishing, the medium is left more transparent. It takes effort and finesse to achieve the surface texture that suits me. My method certainly is a dance of sorts between development and destruction-both creative and personal.”



Enjoy complimentary Vande Walles Chocolates as you view Andrea’s art!

A listing of all of the venues and artists can be found at Appleton Downtown’s website

ART on the TOWN is every 3rd Friday of the Month, from 6-9 pm  through September

Review: Dogs Love Perfect Pet Bakery

dog treats

What dog would not love to get treats that look like real food??? I have a Great Dane named Lola and a Maltese Bichon named Bella and they just LOVED these treats.  Lola enjoyed the pizza followed by the ice cream cone and Bella just devoured the doughnut.  They were 2 happy doggies that loved their treats for the day!  Thank you to Perfect Pet Bakery for making my dogs feel extra special!  Perfect Pet Bakery can be found every Saturday outside the Queen Bee restaurant on College Avenue between Morrison and Durkee St.

Meghan Otis

Coventry Glassworks Featuring Greg Bracken and Pat Dobberke for Art on the Town.

Coventry Glassworks and Gallery presents two local artists – Greg Bracken
“From Cows to Corgis (and landscapes too)” and Pat Dobberke “New Dancers”.

Opening reception is during Art on the Town, August 21, 6 – 9 p.m.

Greg Bracken is offering two of his pastels for a silent auction to take place
during the opening reception. All of the proceeds from the auction will
benefit Soi Dog Foundation and Humane Society International.

Soi Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit organization located in multiple
countries including: Thailand, USA and Australia. Soi Dog helps the homeless,
neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand, works to end the dog meat
trade throughout the region, and responds to animal welfare disasters and

Humane Society International is one of the only international animal
protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals.

Greg Bracken is well known locally for his animal portraits and increasingly
for his impressionistic landscapes.

Pat Dobberke continues to investigate the human form in motion. She has
recently been involved in local ballet and will be exhibiting new pieces
representing various dancers.

Coventry Glassworks & Gallery is located at 514 W. College, Appleton, WI
(920) 739-5762

Review: Park Ridge Gardens Organic Produce at Farm Market

park ridge

Park Ridge Gardens is a fabulous place to get your organic produce.  I had the pleasure of meeting their wonderful staff and they gave me an overwhelming amount of delicious food.  As you can tell from the picture above I was given tons of great food.  Our family was able to make great salads that were topped with mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes.  My 2 boys just loved the broccoli which we steamed and the eggplant…WOW!  I have always wanted to try the eggplant and so my husband and I made Eggplant Parmesan and it was so delicious.  We will definitely be buying more produce from Park Ridge located on College Avenue outside Vagabond Imports every Saturday.

Meghan Otis