Mind and Body Products Support Well Being

Mind and Body Products can be found at the indoor farm market every Saturday inside City Center from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  We love to share the background stories from our great local farm market vendors.  Here’s how Mind and Body Products got started direct from founder, Mar Bentley.

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“How did you get into this business?” is a question we often get asked.

As this scenario typically takes place in a public setting, we usually answer with a general outline. However, for those interested in the details, here is our story.

When our children were much younger, our family faced one of our most unpleasant challenges. Our daughter was becoming increasingly fuzzy in her thinking, unable to concentrate, and had trouble sleeping at night. She wasn’t the same bright, giggly, and happy girl she had been her whole life.

At first, we dismissed it as a growing child who merely wanted to stay up later, and not getting enough rest. As her condition got worse, we became alarmed.

In the fall of that particular year, she began having mild seizures. We took her to a pediatric neurologist who informed us she would have lifelong learning disabilities, wouldn’t ever be able to go swimming, couldn’t be left alone, and so forth. We were also told that she would need to be put on drugs to control her seizures. The drugs, we were told, would have negative side effects, too. We were told that her condition was “incurable.” Conventional medicine had written her off and given us little, if any, hope.

With a proactive approach, and wanting another opinion, we took her to a natural therapist. In doing some independent research beforehand, we had anticipated dramatic changes to our lifestyle.

Besides radically changing our family’s diet, our natural therapist advised us to get our daughter off all chemicals possible.

This change forced us to ask ourselves a number of questions. “When she has a reaction to a bug bite, how will we treat it?” “If she gets a rash, what will we do?” “What will she bathe with?”

One of the first things we made was our now popular Healing Salve for those little nicks, cuts, scrapes, bug bites and so on. We also made our own pure glycerin soap, in order to minimize her exposure to unnatural chemical compounds. And, to help our daughter detoxify her body, we made bath salts with Epsom salt, lavender and peppermint essential oils.

When friends, family, neighbors and others in our community found out about our products, they asked us, “why don’t you go into business?” The rest, as they say, is history.

That’s how the concept of Mind & Body Products was born.

Meanwhile, you might be thinking, “well, what happened to your daughter?”

We’re glad you asked.

Due to a combination of factors, over time her condition has much improved. Contrary to the gloomy “incurable” future painted for us, her seizures stopped.

Once again she began enjoying all those things kids love to do. And she is much like she used to be — very happy.

As for our company today, our threefold business philosophy is simple. First, we don’t put any ingredients in our products that most people can’t pronounce.

Second, we use only the purest and best ingredients from the most natural sources we can find. Because of our products’ high quality, customers note that a little bit goes a long way.

Third, our products are in the price range of most anybody.

Mind & Body Products …
from the best ingredients …
made with love …
and sent from our family to you.

Mar Bentley
Mind & Body Products, LLC

East Slope Farm at Downtown Appleton Farm Market


East Slope Farm is a local, certified organic, family farm. Brian and Anne moved to their east sloping plot of land in Manawa in 2011, ready to start their farming adventure.

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The farm provides high quality vegetables to folks in central and northeast Wisconsin through farmers’ markets and CSA. They have been regular vendors at the Neenah Farmers’ Market and previously at the Oshkosh Farmers’ Market.

This is their first season at the Appleton Winter Market with a few limited dates: Dec 19th, Jan 9th, Jan 23rd, and Feb 6th.

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Their eye for quality produce is obvious when you walk by their farmers’ market stand, and it’s even more apparent when you taste their veggies. East Slope Farm believes everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, organic vegetables. Check out their recipe cards for some of their favorite recipes. Share their excitement for seasonal eating and high quality veggies.

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After the holidays they will have more information about their 2016 CSA. East Slope’s CSA offers some unique opportunities like: wood fired pizza days on the farm, smaller size options for couples or smaller households, and weekly options to order extra vegetables that you prefer.

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During the growing season the farm also has an on farm store that is open on Sundays.

East Slope Farm LLC
N8905 W River Rd
Manawa, WI 54949

Voice of the Wind Book Signing at Farm Market

12341085_10153229787626700_89402132143514349_n.jpgThis week at the indoor Downtown Appleton Farm Market! Give the Gift of Nature! Nature and garden writer Robert Zimmer will be appearing at the Downtown Appleton Indoor Farmers Market Saturday, December 12, with copies of his beautiful new book “Voices of the Wind: Four Season in Wild Wisconsin.” He will be signing and selling books as well as his new “Shadows and Light” hosta calendar. Stop by and pick up this wonderful book for the nature lover or gardener on your list.

The indoor Downtown Appleton Farm Market is held inside City Center from 9 am to 12:30 pm through the Winter season.

Explore Freckles Garden at the Indoor Farm Market

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Freckles Garden has a variety of creations to explore, depending on the season; just like a garden! FG offers one-of-a-kind sewn or crocheted creations made with LOVE, including:

  • Headwraps – Wide Headbands
  • Baby Hats, Booties, Sweaters in Crochet
  • Crocheted Hats & Mittens for ALL ages
  • Kitchen and Bath Scrubbies, Soap Savers and Wash Clothes
  • Crocheted Fleece blankets
  • Kid Dresses and Retro shirts
  • Reflective Winter Headbands/Ear warmers in Crochet
  • Flower pins/Clips
  • Granny Square Scarves
  • Barefoot Sandals……and so much more

Stop down and see what’s blooming in Freckles Garden at the winter market, in front of the Escalators.


Meet the Owner –   

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 4.09.15 PM.pngChris grew up with red hair and freckles in Appleton.  She learned needle crafts and sewing, by watching her Mom, at age 5. By combining her strengths and Love of creating anything with fun colors, organizing, and playing in the garden, FRECKLES GARDEN was born!

Chris holds a degree in Fashion Design, and has worked in Los Angeles as a Fabric Technician and Pattern maker.  Her goal is to continue to create, be happy and support her single parent family, while doing the things she loves.

Keep up with what’s blooming:

WEBSITE   http://www.frecklesgarden.com/

Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/FrecklesGarden

Instagram – https://instagram.com/frecklesgarden/

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/FrecklesGarden    Can’t get to the market?  Use code ADIMKT and save 10%

Pinterest  http://pinterest.com/frecklesgarden/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/FrecklesGarden

Spegash Fresh Authentic Italian at Downtown Appleton Farm Market



Spegash fresh authentic Italian offers delicious Italian foods every Saturday at our Downtown Appleton Farm Market inside City Center.


Join us and pick up some great Italian food every Saturday morning from 9 – 12:30 pm




Downtown Appleton Farm Market
inside City Center through May 28th

Walker Glove at Downtown Appleton Farm Market

logo.pngHave you tried on Walker Gloves at the farm market?  There is nothing else like Walker Gloves.  They offer the warmth and protection of a mitten and are as flexible to use as a glove.


Walker Gloves are convertible from gloves to mittens.


See Walker Glove and learn more about these unique gloves every Saturday from 9 – 12:30  inside City Center at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market.


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Here’s some background about Walker Glove.

Walker Glove LLC was formed in 2012 after Paul secured 2 U.S. patents in developing this product and after many years of trying to secure a manufacturer with potential sales.

The first shipment of Walker Gloves arrived in September of 2012 and we have begun the task of getting the word out.  Those of you who have tried the glove at the Appleton Farmers Market, have given us terrific feedback.  Some are disappointed that we could not have this glove made in the USA, however our gloves are sold in the USA with the proceeds going to support families of the USA. Others have shown great enthusiasm at the unique design and flexible features of the glove.

Join us at the Downtown Appleton Farm market inside City Center from 9 to 12:30 pm every Saturday!

Indoor Farm Market Video inside City Center

Inside City Center Plaza* at 10 E. College Avenue on Saturdays, Nov. 7, 2015 – May 28, 2016,  9am-12:30pm
Experience a large indoor Farm Market with up to 50 vendors selling fruits & vegetables, meats & cheeses, breads & baked goods, eggrolls, popcorns, specialty foods and handcrafted items.  Allow extra time before or after the market to enjoy the restaurants, retail stores, the Museums and all that Downtown Appleton has to offer!
Download a list of vendors now!

City Center Plaza is conveniently located at the intersection of College Ave and Oneida St. with an attached parking ramp and three more each just a block away.
Click here for a map.

Irresistibly Healthy is One Great Place for Hummus, Soup and more at Farm Market


Irresistibly Healthy is a regular vendor at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market.  Their delicious hummus is unique and healthy.

What makes Irresistibly Healthy’s Hummus unique?

They use:

  • Certified organic garbanzo beans
  • Certified organic fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Grape seed oil
  • Certified organic herbs and spices
  • They roast the garlic for freshness and taste
  • Natural tahini

Irresistibly Healthy makes their hummus in small batches for a truly artisan product.


We were able to try the Original Roasted Garlic Hummus and the Pizza Pizazz Hummus last week.  These flavors were both delicious and extremely full flavored.  If you like fresh spices and rich flavors we highly recommend these hummus flavors.


The savory soups from Irresistibly healthy are equally delicious.  We tried the mushroom soap which was filled will a flavorful variety of mushrooms in a creamy base.


Irresistibly Healthy is at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market every Saturday from 9 am to 12:30 pm and you can also find them on Facebook and at their website.

Spicy Cheesy Bread from Lola’s Bakery a Thing of Beauty at Farm Market


Did you get a chance to try Lola’s Bakery and Restaurant from Sturgeon Bay this past Saturday? Amazing! We had the spicy cheesy bread with meat and cheese stuffed inside and spices outside. It is a thing of beauty. It’d be perfect to take to a party, if we hadn’t have devoured half of it, first. We can’t wait to see what they bring to market this week.

Join us this Saturday for the Downtown Appleton Farm Market inside City Center from 9 to 12:30 pm

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Caprine Supreme Farm Market Vendor feature

Have you tried Caprine Supreme at the farm market?  Caprine Supreme will be joining us for our Winter Market inside City Center.  Make sure to sample their delicious cheeses!


Here’s some background on Caprine Supreme from owner Sheryl Jaskolski

Caprine Supreme is a farmstead operation, where my husband and I use only the milk from our herd of dairy goats for our products. Our goats have been raised from birth here on our farm for the past 10 years. They are raised in an open environment with access to the outdoors and pasture at all times, even in the winter months they are often outside basking in the sun. There are no stalls, rather spacious living areas. They are milked twice a day in a milking parlor and fed grains and hay. They are never given any hormones of any kind and antibiotics are used as a last resort to keep the animal alive with the milk then being withheld from the product milk. They are given an ample supply of free choice mineral at all times, which alone keeps most health issues in check. Our goats will gladly greet any visitor that they can because they are happy, friendly goats. We let the goats be goats; we do not push them for maximum production. Our goats are part of our family. Because our processing plant being on farm, we are able to make yogurt, cheese and bottled milk with the freshest milk possible.