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Milwaukee Magazine Lauds E.C.’s Art, Agritourism Scenes

new article explores food- and farm-related attractions in the Valley

Tom Giffey, photos by Andrea Paulseth |

RURAL SLAM DUNK. Together Farms outside Mondovi is one of the Chippewa Valley destinations included in a new Milwaukee Magazine article.
RURAL SLAM DUNK. Together Farms outside Mondovi is one of the Chippewa Valley destinations included in a new Milwaukee Magazine article.

An article in the September issue of Milwaukee Magazine celebrates the Eau Claire area as a place of everything from “grass-fed burgers to barn concerts” where locally raised products are sold at the downtown farmers market and available on local restaurant menus.

The article, titled “Art and Agritourism Are Just a Few Reasons Why You Should Visit Eau Claire This Fall,” name-checks a number of Eau Claire businesses and attractions you’re likely familiar with as a local, including the Oxbow Hotel (and its restaurant, The Lakely), Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor, The Local Store (Hey! That’s us!), and the Eau Claire Downtown Farmers Market.

“Saturday morning’s downtown farmers market (one of the state’s largest) isn’t just about fruits and vegetables or cheese, although Inga Witscher, Wisconsin Public Television’s Around the Farm Table host, sells her St. Isidore’s Dairy cheese, the milk stemming from her seven Jersey cows in Osseo,” writes Kristine Hansen. “A section of the market is dedicated to artisans and you won’t find typical or blah art here. Instead, hand-dyed skeins of yarn, embroidered deer-skin moccasins (by a Native American), gorgeous pottery for the kitchen, and jewelry that will turn some heads (in a good way) are sold by locals.”

The article also explores some nearby attractions in the Chippewa Valley countryside such as Together Farms, beloved for its burger nights, and Farm to Fork Retreat, where you can eat pizza, join a campfire conversation, or even book rooms in a lodge.

To get some good staycation ideas, read the full article at milwaukeemag.com.