Winter Storage for Garden Vegetables

creative ways to keep your harvest fresh for months

One of the joys of summer is walking through the garden in late afternoon and planning the evening meal around whichever produce is ready to pick. With September’s shorter daylight and cooling temperatures ...

You Can Pickle That?

adventures beyond the cucumber

We’ve enjoyed another bounteous summer, but as the chill settles in and fall brings farmers market season to a close, it’s time to consider ways to get the most out of the remaining fall produce. Pickling is a centuries-old technique for preserving foods that involves submerging foods in vinegar ...

Raise a Glass at Oktoberfest

2018 Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest is right around the corner

Time to dust off that lederhosen! The 2018 Chippewa Falls Oktoberfest is right around the corner. This year’s celebration is packed with exciting activities centered on traditional German music, food, and ...

7 Wild Plants to Put on Your Table This Fall

our wild guide to seasonal foraging

Jim Schwiebert’s coworkers put up their guard when he approaches, lest he offer them a taste of something he scrounged up from his yard, on a trail, or from the garden behind their offices at Beaver Creek Reserve ...

Apple Season

birds, bees, and neighbor kids are all after the fruit of the fall

The Cortland apples are turning red. Some will be wormy since I raise them without pesticides. My treatment is an empty gallon milk or water bottle with a small hole cut out near the top. I mix cider vinegar, brown sugar, water ...

If You Plan It, You Can Can It

find trustworthy sources to prepare for food preservation season

When it comes to flavor and taste, few things compare to home-canned produce fresh from the garden. The home canning and preserving season is now upon us, so it’s time to get your gear and recipes ready ...

What's the Buzz?

Govin’s latest corn maze is un-bee-lievable

With so much focus on summer and winter in Wisconsin, it’s easy to forget about autumn until it’s almost upon us. But after summer’s final days pass by, we can expect to see crisp, vibrantly-colored leaves falling peacefully ...

Pull up a Seat & Let's Eat

Around the Farm Table returns for fifth season on WPT

We’ve watched Inga Witscher interview a wide variety of farmers and small-scale food production experts across Wisconsin – and create amazing dishes from their ingredients – for the past four seasons of Around the Farm Table on Wisconsin Public Television ...

Planning for Preservation

safety steps can help you preserve Wisconsin’s bounty

Spaghetti sauce full of the flavor of garden-fresh tomatoes. Strawberry jam bursting with fruit at the peak of ripeness. With the proper equipment and up-do-date recipes, these and other family favorites can be safely canned at home ...

Apple Investment

Chippewa Falls orchard plants thousands of apple trees in expansion

After originally buying and opening their orchard, Bushel & A Peck, back in the 1940s, owners Lisa and Wayne Geist are undertaking some major expansions this season and in the seasons to

Good Leaf: 5 Wisconsin Hotspots for Autumn Visuals

a guide to some of Wisconsin’s best fall drives

Autumn in Wisconsin is all about the color and getting out to see it. Here are five fall color tours within easy driving distance of the Chippewa Valley that are guaranteed to put you in a front row seat for Mother Nature’s annual show. Of course, you can always design your own fall driving tour ...

Bumper Crop Awaits

Wisconsin corn harvest expected to be near record

It’s not just your imagination: The Chippewa Valley’s cornfields are looking especially bountiful as the annual harvest approaches. So bountiful, in fact, that 2015 could be one for the history books ...

Cranberries Revealed

tart berry, a top Wisconsin product, celebrated in lavish photo book

A coffee table book with luxurious photographs of cranberries in all of their possible shapes and forms followed by scrumptious-looking images of appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, salads, and desserts – all with recipes – was the farthest thing from Wayne Martin’s mind when he embarked on a five-year journey ...

Catching the Color: Local Autumn Drives

how to maximize the beauty of our area’s trees

Known for its outdoor lifestyle, Wisconsin has plenty of ways to enjoy the fall colors. So, we compiled a list to help you make the best of the most beautiful (and short-lived) season.


Autumn is near and that means cooler weather and holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving. We are always fans of people getting into the holiday spirit and one of those ways is by eating and drinking fun, weird, surprising foods that only seem ...

Oktoberfest’s Shocking Past

digging into the origins of the beer swillin’, brat eatin’ German festival

The first Oktoberfest took place in Munich, Germany, in 1810, when the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig was to be wed to Princess Therese on Oct. 12. Prince Ludwig was known to be ...

Put Up or Shut Up

canning autumn’s bounty can be easy – as long as you’re careful not to poison yourself

Until a few years ago, food preservation seemed like an archaic custom to me, practiced only by rural grandmothers with vast root cellars and determined-looking homemakers on World War II-era “victory garden” posters. Then I married into a family ...

Take a Hike

see the leaves, feel the sun, suck some of the crisp autumn air

Eau Claire River RouteDowntown Eau Claire to East Side HillStart at the paved trailhead hidden across from L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s underground parking entrance on South Dewey

Fall Harvest is sponsored by:

The Informalist Restaurant
205 S. Barstow St.
at the Lismore Hotel
Eau Claire