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

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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Farm Market moves inside City Center and Welcomes New Vendor Michael’s Dog Treats

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The Farm Market has moved inside for the Winter season.  You can find us inside City Center every Saturday morning!

Here’s a map showing City Center and parking ramps for your convenience.

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Michael’s Dog Treats is a new vendor joining the indoor farm market inside City Center this week. Join us 9 am – 12:30 pm

Michael's Dog TreatsLearn more about Michael’s Dog Treats on their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Michaels-Dog-Treats-126914440979062/?fref=ts

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.

Recipe: Fall Farm Market Rainbow Rice Stuffed Heart of Gold Squash

With all the vibrant colors of fall richly surrounding us, it seemed an absolutely delicious idea to create a meal with fall farm market finds that tantalize the senses with a rainbow of color and flavor.



Fox Cities Farm’s market booth invited us to a sampling of their beautiful fall fare; we gratefully received: (Look for them at the Downtown Appleton Winter Farm Market inside City Center!)


  • Heart of Gold Squash, whose beautiful outer shell of cream, green and highlights of orange beautifully compliment the delicious golden interior…just like a pot (or Heart) of Gold at the end of the rainbow!
  • huge and vibrant purple-red onions,
  • fresh grown Music Garlic cloves and
  • pretty purple carrots.

Feeling inspired by the beautiful rainbow of color, I decided to create a stuffed squash dish that would allow us to revel in the rainbow during our dinner.


Heart of Gold squash is a hybrid of acorn and sweet dumpling squash that has a pleasant texture and tastes every bit as sweet and mellow as my favorite butternut squash, and comes in the perfect size for dinner for two.

Preparing the Heart of Gold Squash ~


I washed the squash and sliced it open from stem to bottom, scooped out the seeds and roasted the squash face down in a glass dish with about ¼” of water in the bottom.  To keep the moisture high, I covered the dish lightly with foil and baked at 375º F for one hour, until juicy and tender (use a fork to check for tenderness any time after 40 minutes, depending on size of squash).


When the squash is juicy tender, remove from oven and turn the squash halves upside-right.  Brush a little ghee on the flesh of the squash and sprinkle with salt, pepper and smoky paprika.


Rainbow Rice Stuffing for the squash ~


While the squash was baking and becoming oh so fragrant, I prepared the rainbow rice stuffing, utilizing the rest of the veggies from Fox Cities Farm and some freshly harvested arugula and red pepper from our home garden.  We’re loving the extended season this year; easy to appreciate in Wisconsin, right!?

You will need:

2 TBSP Ghee


1 tsp Ginger powder

1 tsp Curry powder

1 ½ tsp Garam Masala

¼ tsp Smokey Paprika

Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


Arugula (one handful, chopped)

Purple Carrots (1 C., sliced thin)

Red Bell Pepper (¼ C., diced)

Garlic (1 clove, crushed)

Cilantro (fresh, for garnish)


2 C. cooked Indian Basmati Rice (1 C. dry rice, rinsed and prepared ahead of time)

Caprine Supreme’s Garlic and Chive Chevre (if you desire, when serving)

**Feel free to switch up the veggies according to what is currently available to you; be creative!

Loving Preparation:


Bring a deep skillet to medium-high heat.  Melt the ghee.  Add the onions and sauté until tender translucent. Add red pepper, purple carrots, purple red onions, garlic…sauté until tender, adding small amounts of water as the veggies cook for moisture and steam.  Add the ginger, curry and garam masala…and a little more water, continue to sauté to meld the flavors for a few minutes. Add the arugula and cook for just 2-3 minutes more.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Adjust seasonings to taste.


Add the cooked Indian Basmati Rice to the prepared veggies.  Stir to blend and integrate the flavors.


Scoop the Rainbow Rice mixture into the now turned upside right squash halves.  Be generous, pack them well and allow the stuffing to heap above the surface of the squash.


Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake at 375º F for another 15 minutes.

Garnish with fresh minced cilantro and some small dollops of Garlic and Chives Chevre from Caprine Supreme Goat Cheese, if you please.  Mmm…creamy, mellow and rich.




This recipe was inspired by the vibrant veggies graciously given to Debra and Mark by Fox Cities Farm and Caprine Supreme Goat Cheese vendor booths at the Downtown Appleton Farm Market.  Big THANKS to both vendors for their generosity!

Watch for this recipe and more in Debra’s Vibrant Yum – Loving Awareness Recipes for a Happy, Healthy, Whole Life … coming soon!

Debra Gehrke is a vibrant yum foodie, love and joy living yogini, mantra musician and life transformation guide.  She believes wholeheartedly that life is meant to be JOYfully delicious and that with Loving Awareness, and the commitment to shining our inner Light, our realities become that of our heart and soul’s deepest dreams come true.

For more information on Debra and Mark’s offerings and events, please visit www.lovingawareness.org.  

Silver Wear Handcrafted Jewelry Available at our Indoor Winter Market


Silver Wear LLC is proud to offer a wide variety of hand crafted jewelry created from heirloom silverware. Our customers can buy the jewelry from our inventory or bring in their family’s heirloom silverware to our showroom to have Darlene create something special. Members of the family can proudly wear their unique custom-made gift while remembering a loved one.

Our wide variety of jewelry includes rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, watches and more. We now offer fun designs that include elephants, giraffes, dogs, cats and even fish.

What has Silver Wear LLC jewelry in such high demand is our superior quality to go along with our very reasonable pricing. Our items start at only $15 for basic rings, necklaces and earrings and max out at $50 for our beautiful watches. Stop by our booth us to meet Darlene, see what looks good on you and take our business card. Betcha can’t buy just one.

Darlene and Dennis Nagan