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Downtown Farmers Market Focuses on Health, Safety as Season Nears

first farmers market of 2020 planned for Saturday

Preparing for the first farmers market of the season in downtown Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park has been particularly challenging this year. In addition to arranging all the usual details for the dozens of vendors who will arrive shortly after dawn on Saturday, Deidra Barrickman has had to contend with the uncertainty ...

Gardening Is Cheaper Than Therapy (And You Get Tomatoes!)

newbie gardeners: take heed and dig in

One of the benefits of sheltering at home is having additional time to explore new interests. This is a great time to invest in a garden because we have the extra hours to research and ...

MEET YOUR MEAT: The Valley’s Favorite Places to Buy Meat

here’s what readers said in our 2020 ‘Best Of’ poll

When we published the results of our 2020 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll earlier this year, it was no surprise that Rump’s (1411 Lynn Ave., Altoona) rose to the top as the Best Place to Buy Meat ...

Chippewa Valley Restaurants Step Up to Help Residents in Need

Loopy's delivers free meals to elderly, sick in the community

As Chippewa Valley eateries try to survive during Wisconsin’s now-extended stay-at-home order, a number of them have decided to help the community despite being shut down for several weeks ...

Eating Good Local Meat on a Budget

it’s not always easy, but it is always a good call

Good meat abounds in the Chippewa Valley. But sometimes you have to look for it. There are the farmers markets, of course. And some of you have friends and relatives just outside of Eau Claire ...

Here's the Tea

local woman opens Chinese cultural experience

Xin Obaid arrived in Eau Claire in 2010 from Wuhan, China, unable to speak English and without knowing a single soul in the area. To combat the loneliness she was feeling, Obaid turned to the things she ...

Learn More About CSAs at Menomonie Co-Op Event

With each spring comes the opportunity to sign on for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, and this Menomonie event is here to help you find just the right match. Hit up the Menomonie Market Food Co-op ...

Ted’s Pizza to Celebrate 50 Years With Makeover

Downtown Menomonie’s Ted’s Pizza (306 Main St. East), is gearing up to celebrate a half-century in business with a grand interior and exterior renovation. On Jan. 13, the second generation-owned pizza ...

Ready-To-Eat Meal Firm Partners With CVTC

Eau Claire residents can grab a healthy, ready-to-go lunch while supporting local postsecondary students courtesy of a partnership between Midwest Meals and Chippewa Valley Technical College ...

Barbecue Basics: Ryan Jean-Baptiste is here to help

Ryan Jean-Baptiste has been serving up life-saving barbecue in the Chippewa Valley for the past 5 years as the owner of Life Support BBQ – also known as the Hambulance Mobile Food Truck ...

CVTC Chef Receives Educator Award

Chef Kevin Brown, a co-creator of Chippewa Valley Technical College’s Culinary Management Program, was named 2019 Educator of the Year by the ...

Roble Is Back on the Menu but Delivery Only

Roble, which closed not long after being chosen Best New Restaurant in the 2018 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll, is back. Operating out of the ...

Dive Into an Igloo Downtown

Eau Claire bar adds unique outdoor seats for the wintertime

Downtown Eau Claire’s Dive (aka the bar in The Lismore Hotel) wasn’t about to let its swanky patio overlooking Barstow Street sit unused this winter. Seizing an opportunity to help patrons enjoy Wisconsin’s chillier months ...