My Day at the Appleton Downtown Farm Market (Part 1)

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 4.29.03 PMI was invited to be a part of the Farm Market bloggers this summer.  Being a ‘foodie’, I was excited to have been asked and curious about the vendors that were selected for me.  I was truly not disappointed!

My first stop was at the ‘Produce with Purpose Farm’ stand. Rick Slager and his wife, Dawn, own ‘Produce with Purpose Farm’, located  five miles east of Fond du Lac.  It is a four season farm and 51 weeks out of the year they are selling their produce.

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 4.29.36 PM“We love diversity. We believe that not all carrots are orange and potatoes brown. We love to educate people on the value of eating healthy and encouraging youth (and adults) to find out more about  where there food comes from!”   Ask Rick a question about any of his vegetables and he’ll be more than happy to share.  His enthusiasm for farming is infectious.  The  produce is displayed so beautifully, you’ll have a hard time trying to decide what to purchase!

Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 4.30.06 PMFrom Farm to Table

Displayed here are all the beautiful vegetables I used to create a dinner for friends.   I especially loved the deep rich colors of the purple potatoes, the orange Sherbet carrots, the yellow beets and the purple mini sweet onions. 

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I did a simple roasting of the vegetables with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.  The beets and carrots were almost like having a dessert! The sweetness of the flavor was amazing, as were the purple onions. 

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I paired the vegetables with a  simple roasted chicken breast topped with an apricot chutney.  It was a delightful evening with friends and I so enjoyed sharing my experience at Produce with Purpose Farm.  The stand is located towards the end of College and Drew.  Please give Rick a visit.  He will be happy to see you! 

Blogger:  Gloria Wiegman Springer

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There's so much to like about Downtown Appleton. Thanks to its 60+ distinctive shops ... 50+ casual, fine dining and ethnic restaurants... nearly 30 pubs, clubs and live music hot spots ... a leading performing arts center and world-class visual arts gallery ... family-friendly activities and attractions ... a variety of coffee shops and gathering places ... PLUS Northeast Wisconsin's best events, Downtown Appleton is a favorite destination for many -- and it just keeps getting better and better!

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