Thursday, Mar. 7th, 2019

Chippewa Falls poet & artist, Jeannie Roberts, creates book of fun verses for kids

Let’s rhyme the roost together,
fill your home with poems that swing!
    Cadence, meter, rhythm –
lines of verse that bounce and spring!

Those rollicking words serve as the opening stanza of Jeannie Roberts’ latest book of poetry, Rhyme the Roost!, a collection of 26 poems for children, each accompanied by an illustration created by the author herself.

While Roberts, of Chippewa Falls, is perhaps best known for her four volumes of poetry for adults, Rhyme the Roost! isn’t exactly a departure: She previously penned a children’s book, Let’s Make Faces! (2009), and some of the poems in the new volume date back nearly two decades.

Writing poetry for children offers a chance to be silly, to impart some gentle lessons, and to spark youngsters’ love of words, Roberts says. “With children, it’s that really intentional rhyme, which is a component for them to start to really love language,” she said when asked about the difference between writing for children and writing for adults. “There’s a beat and a rhythm and a sound that makes them want to sing along. It’s magical.”

Magic and imagination are key to this collection. Consider the poem “What If …?” and its flurry of absurd, colorful images:

What if trees grew dollar bills?
What if heat gave us the chills?
What if crocodiles could write?
What if snow was black not white?

Or take another poems, “Hailey’s Hair,” in which, when released from its braids, a girl’s hair “scurries out the bedroom door” and “climbs directly up the wall!” Other poems address topics ranging from fingers and toes to holidays to the changing seasons.

Eau Claire author B.J. Hollars compares Roberts’ wordplay to that of iconic children’s poets Shel Silverstein (Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic) and Jack Prelutsky (The New Kid on the Block and scores of others). “Page after page,” Hollars writes, “Roberts’ poems always hit the sweet spot: that perfect place where wonder and whimsy meet.”

Roberts fell in love with writing in junior high school thanks to the encouragement of a teacher. She began writing the poems in the collection around 2002 – when her now 25-year-old son was a youngster – and eventually created intricate, colorful illustrations for each of them with Faber-Castell artist pens. For a time, she sought a publisher willing to print the book with illustrations in color, but she learned this would be prohibitively expense, and instead opted to publish the volume with black-and-white drawings instead. Inspired by Roberts’ vivid language, your kiddos will undoubtedly fill in the colors in their own minds.

Roberts suggests the verses from Rhyme the Roost! are perfect to read to your little ones at bedtime: For haggard parents trying to expedite the onset of sleep, a few fun poems can taken the place of demands for “just one more book!”

Rhyme the Roost! is available through the publisher, Kelsay Books (kelsaybooks.com); on Amazon.com; and at The Local Store, 205 N. Dewey St., Eau Claire. Learn more about Roberts writing at rhymetheroostbooks.com

Friday, Feb. 1st, 2019

Olson’s Ice Cream to Open Haymarket Landing Location in Downtown Eau Claire

Olson's Ice Cream, Chippewa Falls
Olson's Ice Cream, Chippewa Falls

At the end of a historically frigid week, another scoop of frozen news has arrived, one that will undoubtedly be more welcome in the Chippewa Valley than the polar vortex: For the first time in 75 years, Olson’s Ice Cream will be serving up its signature product somewhere other than its quaint shop on Bridge Street in Chippewa Falls. On Friday, Feb. 1, Olson’s revealed that it is expanding into Eau Claire with a 2,300-square-foot store inside Haymarket Landing, a mixed-use building at the corner of South Barstow and Eau Claire streets. The new store is expected to open this spring.

“Olson’s has had plans to come to Eau Claire since the ’80s, and we are excited to finally make it happen,” said Jeremy Hunt, Olson’s co-owner and general manager.

“Olson’s has had plans to come to Eau Claire since the ’80s, and we are excited to finally make it happen.” – Jeremy Hunt, co-owner and general manager, Olson’s Ice Cream 

Back in January, the legendary local purveyor of frozen treats, announced it would be expanding into Eau Claire, but kept the spot a secret until Friday morning. Olson’s held a contest on its Facebook page, soliciting guesses about the location of the new store and promising free ice cream for a year to three customers who guessed the new site correctly. Nearly 1,200 people submitted guesses, many of them pointing to the former Smiling Moose, 329 Riverfront Terrace, or the former Lynn’s Chatterbox Cafe, 1410 S Hastings Way, as potential locations.

“We were very humbled and amazed by all the feedback,” said Hunt, whose parents, Dan and Linda, bought Olson’s from its founding family in 2007. (Forty to 50 Olson’s fans correctly identified the Haymarket Landing area as the shop’s future site.)

At a press conference, the Hunts said they are aiming to open the new location at 80 S. Barstow St. by Memorial Day. The shop will have 50 to 70 seats – including, most likely, some on the sidewalk along Barstow Street – and will create as many as 25 new jobs, the Hunts said. The expansion will entail some new offerings beyond its signature ice cream flavors such as Butter Pecan and Chocolate Monster. “With two locations, we will be able to bring even more treats to our customers, and we’re developing some new products for the spring opening,” Jeremy Hunt said.

While Olson’s has considered staking a claim in Eau Claire for years, Jeremy Hunt’s decision to join the family business last year helped push the idea into reality, Dan Hunt said. The family considered numerous sites around the city – including near Oakwood Mall, on Clairemont Avenue, and elsewhere – before settling on the Haymarket Landing storefront, which has been empty since the mixed-used building opened in 2016.

“It’s a beautiful location, a beautiful building, and we can’t wait to open in Eau Claire,” said Dan Hunt, adding that the site’s proximity to the Pablo Center at the Confluence, Phoenix Park, and other downtown amenities made it ideal. The Hunts are working with contractor Market & Johnson and River Valley Architects to design and build the shop.

Haymarket Landing features a floor of commercial space below five floors of UW-Eau Claire student housing – meaning 400 potential customers will literally be living in the same building.

The Haymarket Landing building in Downtown Eau Claire
The Haymarket Landing building in Downtown Eau Claire

Ice Cream Flowing Downtown ... 

The new Olson’s will be the second ice cream shop to open in downtown Eau Claire in recent years. In 2017, Blayne and Kayla Midthun opened Ramone’s Ice Cream Parlor at 503 Galloway St. – just a few blocks from Haymarket Landing. Blayne Midthun said the downtown location – which is right off the bike trail and next to two busy streets, Farwell and Galloway – has been a big factor in Ramone’s success.

“Of course it would be nice if we could continue to be the only ice cream parlor in downtown Eau Claire, but we know that we can’t control what’s going on outside of our doors,” Midthun said.

“Today, people have many options for where they will eat, drink coffee, (and) be entertained, and now they will have another option for ice cream,” he added. Ramone’s sells Madison-made Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, as well as sundaes, malts, pies, and craft sodas.

Olson’s founder Albert J. Olson began making “homaid” ice cream with a partner at Knapp Dairy in 1923. In 1944, he relocated to Chippewa Falls to open Olson’s Creamland Dairy, where he processed milk and made ice cream. Today, the business is still in the same building at 611 N. Bridge St. In 2007, the Olson family sold the business to the Hunt family, who continue to operate it. While Olson’s Ice Cream has been previously been served up at other locations – including numerous restaurants, Festival Foods, and the 9 Degrees ice cream cart – this will be the first time Olson’s itself has opened a new location since the Second World War.

A landmark at the “original” Olson’s is a larger-than-life ice cream cone that tempts passersby from the sidewalk. Dan Hunt said he plans on getting a similar giant cone for the Eau Claire shop, either to place on the sidewalk or on the awning above the front door as a visual cue to the delicious treats being scooped inside.

Learn more at olsonsicecream.com or by finding Olson’s Ice Cream on Facebook.

Tuesday, May. 1st, 2018

4 Local Sunrise Spots That'll Take Your Breath Away

MOUNT SIMON PARK • IMAGE: SHANE NEWMAN
MOUNT SIMON PARK • IMAGE: SHANE NEWMAN

Rise and shine, folks!  The Valley is packed with adventures, and you’ll want to start yours early with something beautiful and easy to catch. You know what they say, the early bird gets an incredible view of the sunrise.

I promise you won’t miss the sleep! Over the summer, the sun awakens just before 5:30am, with the sunrise getting closer to 6:30am by the end of August. Set your alarm and treat yourself to a stunning view from one of these local spots.

1. Mount Simon Park

It’s no surprise one of Eau Claire’s highest peaks has a spectacular sunrise! This one stretches across the sky with its striking colors reflecting off the lake. While there are plenty of places to soak it all in, you’ll want to head right down by the boat landing. Planning to stay for a while? Take a seat at the bench nearby.

2. County Farm Park

Tucked away on the west side of Eau Claire is this lovely neighborhood park, overlooking Dove Healthcare, May’s Floral Garden, and Nestle. After you enjoy a spin on the merry-go-round, hit up the trails where wildflowers greet you, and the sun rises in the distance, creating a scene that is mesmerizing.

COUNTY FARM PARK • IMAGE: TINA ECKER
COUNTY FARM PARK • IMAGE: TINA ECKER

3. The Boat Landing Across from the View by Lake Wissota

To catch the first rays of the morning sun peeking over The View on Lake Wissota outside Chippewa Falls, you’ll want to hang out on the boat landing across from the restaurant. Experience all the magic as the sun casts its beams in every direction, touching the trees and reflecting off the water. Mother Nature truly is the finest artist.

4. Wissota Dam

This hidden gem in Chippewa Falls has got an epic view of scenic bliss. To get there, drive down the gravel road toward Rod and Gun. You’ll see a fence directly in front of you with some space for parking on the right. Park yourself, walk around the fence, and take the gravel road all the way to the Wissota Dam. The bike trail on your left will lead to a wooden bench and plenty of tree stumps for seating. Nothing beats the sunrise and solitude of the early morning hour.

You’ll want to catch that glowing orb as it emerges from its slumber and puts on a remarkable show for all of the Valley to see. Don’t forget your cup of Joe and start your adventure early!

Tuesday, Feb. 20th, 2018

5 Names Immortalized on Chippewa Valley Institutions

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library
L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

1. L.E. PHILLIPS

You’ll find Lewis E. Phillips’ name on more high-profile Chippewa Valley facilities than any other, including Eau Claire’s public library, the senior center, a drug and alcohol treatment center, a career development center, a Boy Scout camp, and more. An immigrant from Lithuania who became a major Eau Claire industrialist, Phillips established Ed Phillips & Sons in 1918 and became president of National Presto Industries in 1942. Though he died in 1978, the L.E. Phillips Foundation and other charitable foundations associated with his family have donated many millions over the years to local causes.

2. JOHN MENARD

Known best for founding the home improvement chain that bears his name – which includes more than 280 stores across 14 states – as well as for sponsoring auto racing, Menard has also opened his wallet for several major community endeavors. You’ll see his name on the Menard Center for Emergency Care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire as well as on the Eau Claire YMCA’s soon-to-be completed Menard Family Tennis Center.

Putnam Trail, Eau Claire
Putnam Trail, Eau Claire

3. HENRY PUTNAM

Putnam was a land speculator and lumberman who made his fortune in Eau Claire in the latter half of the 19th century. After contributing to all that timber cutting, Putnam became a conservationist and donated the 230-acre Putnam Park to the City of Eau Claire in 1909. The park was transferred from the city to UW-Eau Claire in 1957, and later it became a Wisconsin State Natural Area. Today Putnam Park is a unique urban nature preserve and provides a home for hundreds of plant and animal species, research opportunities for UWEC students, and a tranquil place to take a stroll for people of all ages.

4. WILLIAM H. HOBBS

Way back in 1885, William Hobbs founded a wholesale and retail supply company in Eau Claire. Among other things, the W.H. Hobbs Supply Co. operated the city’s first auto dealership and garage, the Eau Claire Mill Supply Co., and the Phoenix Manufacturing Co. Hobbs’ heirs created the Hobbs Foundation, which over a 35-year period gave out $5 million to community causes, including for the Hobbs Ice Center in Eau Claire and Hobbs Altoona Sports Center.

Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Falls
Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Falls

5. DENNIS HEYDE

Entrepreneur and Chippewa Falls native Dennis Heyde has been involved with numerous businesses, ranging from health care to travel to hospitality, including Fanny Hill Dinner Theatre. He also was a benefactor of the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association, which renovated the former McDonell Memorial High School in Chippewa Falls and reopened it in 2000 as the Heyde Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, Jan. 17th, 2018

5 Ways the Arts Impact Our Economy (Right Here in the Chippewa Valley)

Orchid Eaton, Saturday, January 13 at Haas Fine Arts Center in Eau Claire
Orchid Eaton, Saturday, January 13 at Haas Fine Arts Center in Eau Claire

Plays and art shows aren’t just a form of evening entertainment, there is a real economic benefit to the arts and culture industry – locally and nationwide.

Take Eau Claire County, for example. In a 2017 press release by the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, they tell us that Americans for the Arts completed a study demonstrating the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations. The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study gives us insight into the specific economic data in Eau Claire County.

Here are some standout numbers from that study ...

1. $10,310,089

This is the annual amount of money brought in by Eau Claire County’s arts industry. Arts and culture organizations spend money locally to run their businesses, adding economic gain. Also, events hosted by these groups attract people to other Eau Claire destinations. If you’re from out of town, what will you need? Perhaps a meal at a local restaurant or an overnight stay at a nearby hotel.

2. 393

The number of full-time jobs created by the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Eau Claire County. In comparison, 4.6 million full-time jobs have been created by the arts industry across the United States.

3. $1,079,000

Local and state government revenue gains generated by the arts and culture industry.

4. $4,509,343

The monetary amount spent by local nonprofit arts and culture organizations within the 2015 fiscal year. They contribute to the local economy while developing their businesses as well.

5. $166.3 billion

This is the amount of money nonprofit arts and culture industries across the United States produce each year.

 

In the press release, Ben Richgruber, Executive Director of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council, says, “Our community has seen significant growth over last decade. The nonprofit arts sector has played a major role in that success. These numbers will only increase with the opening of the Confluence Center for the Arts.”

More from the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center website at www.eauclairearts.com.

Thursday, Nov. 9th, 2017

Chippewa Valley Teens Form Competitive Mountain Biking Team

Riley Mullin, a 15 year-old mountain biker from Eau Claire, has nothing against the middle-aged folks on expensive mountain bikes with whom he rides the trails at Lowes Creek County Park. But when he learned about the Fall Creek Composite Mountain Bike Team – one of three National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) racing teams in the Chippewa Valley – he jumped at the chance to ride with other kids.

“It’s just refreshing to have other people your age. I’m looking around like ‘Holy cow, that’s cool!’ ” Mullins said after a recent Thursday evening team practice at Lowes Creek.

Mullins stands with his mountain bike in the Lowes Creek Expo Center alongside several teammates, all of whom compete with him in NICA races throughout Wisconsin. He’s here this evening because of Tammy Somerville, whose son, Sam, who had been competing in NICA races independently and told his mom he wanted to be part of a team.

“There was no team in the area to join,” explains Tammy Somerville, “so I said, ‘Well, let’s get a team going.’ ” Shortly after, Somerville and her son started putting out feelers in Fall Creek and immediately began hearing from other interested students and families from throughout the Chippewa Valley. They quickly made the decision to create a composite team featuring middle and high school students from Fall Creek, Neillsville, Chippewa Falls, and Eau Claire. Next, they began recruiting riders.

“We talked to the Chippewa Off Road Biking Association (CORBA); they posted something on their website, I was posting signs at school. So it was basically word of mouth.”

Somerville’s phone started ringing. Parents wanted to help get the team off the ground and to get their kids involved; students were hearing about the team and wanted to race. Before she knew it, Somerville was having to turn away interested students because NICA limits the number of student athletes per team. Some students were new to mountain biking, while others already had racing experience.

Miette Gosse of Eau Claire races with her father and team coach, Jason, in the Wisconsin Off-road Series (WORS) throughout the summer. And for teammate Matthew Mosher, WORS was a gateway into the high school league.

“I did one WORS race called the Firecracker here at Lowes Creek,” Mosher recalled, “but I wanted to get out and do more races and that’s when I heard about this team.”

As many Chippewa Valley residents already know, the region boasts a number of high-quality mountain bike trails thanks to the efforts of CORBA and its dedicated group of volunteers. The Fall Creek Composite Team practices throughout its season at Lowes Creek County Park, Area 178 in Chippewa Falls, and Northwest Park in Eau Claire. Racing competitions, which began in mid-September, fall under the banner of the Wisconsin High School Cycling League. The League’s five events take the team as far away as Waukesha, Waterloo, and Hayward. The athletes competed in a league championship race on Oct. 22 in Iola to close out their season.

For Mosher, Mullin, Gosse, and most of their teammates, the appeal of high school cycling over other more traditional sports is about the opportunity to participate. The team does not hold tryouts, no one gets cut, and every team member participates in every race. For a few others, though, such as new team member Trinity Lontz, it came down to peer pressure.

“I was influenced by my friend, (teammate) Becca (Somerville); I’d never been mountain biking before.” Lontz said. “So yeah, I got peer pressured, but it’s really fun and I’m glad I did do it.

Whatever their reasons for joining the team, the students athletes of the Fall Creek Composite Team are enjoying the opportunity to ride and race together.

Learn more by searching for the Fall Creek Composite Mountain Bike Team on Facebook or by visiting wisconsinmtb.org.

Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2017

United Way Blazes Trails to Success

Born Learning Trails encourage early childhood development

Born Learning Trail at Lakeshore Park, Eau Claire
Born Learning Trail at Lakeshore Park, Eau Claire

Early childhood learning takes place all the time, everywhere you go. To emphasize and encourage early childhood development, the United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley installed 11 Born Learning trails in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties this summer. These trails feature interactive activities for parents and children to do together to aid in language, social, observational, kinesthetic, and emotional development.

The trails were created with the help of local sponsors and volunteers. More than 110 volunteers performed more than 300 hours of labor to bring the vision to life, according to Kathy Cooper, project organizer and volunteer coordinator of the Successful Children’s Network.

“It brings out the community involvement and encourages early childhood development, and any time we can do both, that’s a great success,” Cooper said. United Way plans to expand on this project by installing two more trails next summer.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY

Bloomer
North City Park
2640 Ninth Ave.

Cadott
Riverview Park
Park Place Road

Chippewa Falls
Irvine Park
Wolfe Drive

Cornell
Brunet Falls Park
Corner of Main Street and North Fifth Street

Lake Hallie
Hallie Ball Park
4902 117th St.

New Auburn
New Auburn Park
Park Street

Stanley
Chapman Park (on trail west of lake)
West Fourth Street


EAU CLAIRE COUNTY

Altoona
10th Street Park
Corner of 10th Street West and Hayden Avenue

Augusta
Library Reading Garden
113 N. Stone St.

Eau Claire
Near Lakeshore Shelter and Skateboard Plaza on Half Moon Lake
900 Broadway St.

Fairchild
Fairchild Village Park
Corner of East Main Street and South Center Street

5 Ways to Catch Holiday Magic in Chippewa Falls This Season

there’s no doubt Chippewa Falls does Christmas right – here’s a few of our favorite holiday celebrations

This time of year, when the winds start howling and snowflakes start to zig-zag ever so gently to the ground, it’s perfect for getting together with family, friends, loved ones, and all the people you hold dear. And that includes your neighbors and friends throughout the community.

In Chippewa Falls, the holidays can be extravagant just as they can be simple. At events all over the city leading up to the end of the year, you can see bright lights, wintery thrills, cheerful songs, and quiet beautiful moments together with the whole community. Here’s a taste of what the season is like in Chippewa Falls.

Irvine Park Christmas Village, and Bridge to Wonderland Parade

1. Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides

Dec. 5-7, 12-14, & 19-21 • Rides leave at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30pm from the Chippewa Falls Main Street parking lot, 514 N. Bridge St.

Make sure you bundle up for one of the city’s coolest winter activities. You can enjoy a relaxing horse-drawn wagon ride through downtown Chippewa Falls, checking out decorations and lights, and the wagon will take you all the way through the famed Christmas Village in Irvine Park. You’ve got to be vigilant in buying tickets to schedule your family’s ride, though. Tickets go on sale the Friday after Thanksgiving at the Gordy’s Market Service Center (downtown Chippewa Falls location only), so be ready to stand in line for a bit. It’s totally worth it though. Cost is $6 per person (ages 2+).

2. Irvine Park Christmas Village

Nov. 23, 2017 to Jan. 1, 2018 • Irvine Park

No list of holiday stuff in the Chippewa Valley is complete without a mention of the Christmas Village in Irvine Park. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the stunning light displays that spread out through the whole park. There’s tens of thousands of blinking lights high up in the tallest trees, surrounding the pavilions, and all over the classic life-size Christmas scenes that replicate the Victorian era and the city’s early history. It’s nice for a slow drive through the park (don’t forget to turn your headlights off), a romantic walk with your partner, or a wintery adventure with the whole family. It’s a perfect way to brighten up cold months.

3. Bridge to Wonderland Parade

Dec. 2 • 6pm • Bridge St., Downtown Chippewa Falls

The 28th Annual Bridge to Wonderland Parade is just brimming with holiday magic with over 50 illuminated and musical floats, walking units, and horse drawn wagons as they light up Bridge Street with lights and cheer. It’s a beloved Chippewa Falls tradition where you can even see Santa Claus on one of the parade’s last floats. And as an added bonus, if you get a little chilly, you can enjoy complimentary hot drinks at businesses with red carpets.

4. Christmas Carol Singalong

Dec. 7 • 6:30pm • Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 S. High St.

Sing your heart out with friends and family at this awesome community-wide singalong. Members of the Chippewa Valley Community Chorus will lead the cheer-lovin’ group through an evening of some of the most loved Christmas carols and the best songs of the season. Singing fortifies your health, enriches your imagination, and gives your life an added zest – plus there is no experience required. It can be fun to just sing, you know. Additionally, there will be Christmas trivia games with prizes. The event is open to anyone with a free will donation.

5. Santa’s Arrival and Santa’s House

Arrival: Nov. 24 • 10am • BMO Harris Bank Parking Lot • 411 Bridge St. 

Santa’s House: Saturdays in Nov. & ​Dec.​ • 11am to 3pm • Rutledge Charity Building • ​404 N. Bridge St.

It is always a surprise to see how Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in Chippewa Falls each year. On Nov. 24, you can come enjoy the anticipation of their arrival at the BMO Harris Bank parking lot, where all children in attendance will receive a special ornament from Santa himself! Then for the rest of the month, visit with Santa and let him know your Christmas wishes at his house across the street. Santa’s House is open every Saturday after his arrival until Christmas.

So yeah, Chippewa Falls has a lot going for it when it comes to holiday cheer. Whether you’re looking to get Christmas-y with family, friends, or with the whole community, Chippewa’s got you covered. Enjoy!

Monday, Aug. 7th, 2017

We're Moving the Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll!

For the last decade, right about this time of the year we’d tell you voting was now open for our big, huge Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll. Well, for the many, many thousands of you who vote every year – things are changing.

We’re moving our annual Best Of poll – and the massive issue that goes with it – to better reflect the calendar year. Our new tradition will be this: Voting starts in December, and the results issue comes out the first week of February. It's perfect timing to explore what was really good throughout the whole previous year, and to preview the year ahead. But what’s more, we’re also amping up the Best Of results issue to a whole new level and throwing a big ol’ party at The Lismore to go with it. We think you’re going to love the change (and the killer party), so sit tight and get your clicker finger ready to vote in December as the year wraps up.

In the meantime, whether you’re a voter or up for an award, beware of any Chippewa Valley “Best Of” imposters with a similar-sounding poll. Unfortunately a knock-off is out there, but it’s not the real deal. Only the Volume One Reader Poll has seen nearly one million individual votes from the community over the last ten years. It’s the poll you know and the poll you trust, from the Chippewa Valley’s largest independently-owned and operated media group: Volume One.

Monday, Jul. 17th, 2017

Klinger Farm Market: A Fresh Take on Family Fun

Klinger Farm Market in Chippewa Falls has been in business for more than a century. It is owned and operated by the fifth generation of Klingers, and, as manager/owner Mary Klinger stated, the market’s main focus is on family, as well. “If we’re doing something, we try to think of families – will the kids like this? Will the parents like this? Will this be a neat experience for everyone?” said Mary, who has worked at the market her entire life. “We try to keep what we do more family-oriented. That’s my priority.” Klinger Farm Market’s 18 greenhouses help ensure that the market has something to offer the whole family year-round, including a corn maze and themed activities in the fall, Christmas trees in the winter, seeds and gardening supplies in the spring, and perennials and freshly picked produce through the summer. According to Mary, what they cannot grow they try to buy locally. The produce they do grow is picked fresh daily, and every family member has his or her own niche in the operations of the market.  “Our goal is (to be) a one-stop shop of sorts. You can come and walk around, visit the petting zoo, play on the playground, get flowers, get veggies to grill, all in one place,” Mary said. “It can be a family experience, not just a shopping experience.”

Klinger Farm Market • 12756 132nd St., Chippewa Falls • (715) 288-6348 • klingerfarmmarket.com