LAST day to sign up for the FREE Wisconsin Rapids local foods tour

Today (Friday 23rd) is the last day to sign up for the FREE Wisconsin Rapids local foods tour, which will take place on Thursday Jan 29th from 1-4pm returning in time for the FREE local cheese reception sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board back at Hotel Mead from 4:30 – 6:30 Thursday evening.

Please register at:

And thanks to the UW-Extension Community Food Systems Team ( for sponsoring this event and covering all the costs!

Nominate yourself or recommend someone for WLFN Board of Directors

The Wisconsin Local Food Network would love for YOU to get involved by serving on the Board of Directors!!!

Nominate yourself before Monday December 1st, by completing the form at the following link:

There are 8 open positions. (4 regional and 4 topic-based)
• Central
• Eastern
• Northcentral
• Northwestern
• Infrastructure Development
• Farm to School
• Food Security and Health
• Community Development

Also – you can help out by encouraging others to nominate themselves or letting us know about folks that would make great Board Directors with the Wisconsin Local Food Network – you can reach out to them personally and make the suggestion or you can email me ( with your suggestions and I will be happy to contact them for you!

Learn more about current Board Directors and Board Director Position Descriptions at

  • Nomination period ends Nov 30.
  • Candidates will be announced on Monday Dec 8.
  • Voting starts Jan 1.
  • New Board Directors will be announced at the 2015 WLFN Summit!

Apricot Pistachio Squares

Apricot Pistachio Squares

ready for the oven

apricot pistachio squares

from Smitten Kitchen –

This recipe is lightly spun from this pear-almond tart from Dorie Greenspan, with a simpler crust and streamlined steps. This is the kind of bar recipe that should theoretically be flexible to use with other ingredients; I’ve been eager to try a peach-pecan or plum-walnut combo. I’d love to hear what kind of spin you give them. You can estimate roughly need twice the weight in pistachios if you’re buying them in their shells.

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Calling Members with Marketing and Branding experience

The Wisconsin Local Food Network has created a Communications Committee to better unify our messaging and create a consistent image and presence as we grow the network.

If you are interested in volunteering on this committee and providing your expertise in this area, please contact any or all of the current Board Directors on this committee:

Thank you so much!

WLFN Local Foods Capitol Day

Register now for the WLFN Local Foods Capitol Day!

The Wisconsin Local Food Network will be hosting the first ever Local Foods Capitol Day in downtown Madison, Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 5th at Cooper’s Tavern. The day aims to educate both attendees and legislators about three main topic areas that are important to WLFN members:
• Supporting Wisconsin’s local food program: Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin
• Increasing Farm to School programs statewide
• Promoting local food statewide and educating legislators on why they are so important to Wisconsin

In the morning, attendees will hear from speakers on all three of these topics and will have a Lobby 101 training with professional lobbyists. In the afternoon, attendees will meet with their respective legislators to educate them on the topics discussed. Talking points about each topic area will be provided.
9:00 AM – Arrival/Check-in
9:30 to 10:30 AM – Issue Briefings
10:30 to 11:30 AM – Lobby 101/Roleplaying Exercises
11:30 to 1:00 PM – Networking Lunch at Cooper’s Tavern (order off regular menu; cost not included)
1:00 PM – Break for Legislative Meetings at the Capitol
There is no fee to attend, but participants should expect to cover their own lunch and transportation costs. All those who affiliate with the mission of the WLFN are welcome to join! Please contact Theresa Feiner at if you have any questions. Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 19th, 2014.

Register here

Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Grants Awarded

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced the eight recipients of the 2014 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grants at the Wisconsin Local Food Network Summit in Milwaukee on Friday January 31st.


“I am pleased that DATCP was able to provide support for these innovative local food projects through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program,” said Dan Smith, DATCP’s Division Administrator of Agricultural Development. “The outcomes generated by these grant recipients will provide benefits in their local communities and serve as models to share with others in the local food industry.”

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin is a DATCP economic development program designed to increase the production and sale of local foods. As well as the grant program, Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin offers one-on-one technical assistance, educational seminars and food safety tools.

Grant recipients will use the awarded funds to reduce the marketing, distribution and processing hurdles that impede the expansion of Wisconsin food product sales to local purchasers. Previous Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant recipients have generated $5.95 million in new local food sales, created and retained 120 jobs, and benefited more than 2,060 producers.

The 2014 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin recipients:

● American Hazelnut Company – Statewide: Establish a grower-owned hazelnut processing and marketing company.

● Appleton Downtown Inc. – Appleton: Create a midweek farm market with local food producers, live music and onsite food sales.

● Country Ovens, Ltd. – Forestville: Educate consumers about the health benefits of Wisconsin natural tart cherry juice and whey protein.

● FairShare CSA Coalition – Madison: Develop new markets for community supported agriculture through innovative partnerships with businesses and their employees.

● Fifth Season Cooperative – Viroqua: Create infrastructure to manufacture, market and distribute value-added frozen food products.

● Gorst Valley Hops, LLC – Mazomanie: Design and implement a web-based hop production quality database.

● Wausome Foods, LLC – Wausau: Increase demand for Wisconsin milk and cheese by growing production of Wausome Wafers.

● Wisco Pop – Viroqua: Increase market demand for Wisconsin-sourced ingredients by adding a product line and expanding distribution.

Grant recipients were selected through a competitive process. Each project recipient will provide cash or an in-kind match equivalent to or greater than 50% of the total project costs.

Learn about Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin at For more information, contact Teresa Engel, the Program Manager, at or 608-224-5101.

Welcome new Board Directors

After 158 votes from across the state, here are the results of the 2014 WLFN board election!

Amy Wallner, Southeastern Regional Representative: beginning farmer, Milwaukee area

Luke Zahm, Southwestern Regional Representative: Owner, Driftless Cafe, Viroqua

Lisa Shirek, Northeastern Regional Representative: Painted Rock Farm, Amherst Junction

Joseph Luginbill, Northwestern Regional Representative:  Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association, Alliance for Strong Communities Executive Board (and many others!)

Andrew Bernhardt, Infrastructure Development Representative: UW Extension, Madison

George Reistad, Policy Outreach and Education Representative: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Madison

We would like to thank all of you that took the time to cast your votes – THANK YOU.

And we would also like to give a big thank you to other candidates that were not elected – thank you so much for your interest in making local food systems stronger and better in Wisconsin and for your support in the Wisconsin Local Food Network. Thank you.

WLFN Seeking Self-Nominations for Board of Directors

We have had a great first year with our newly created Board! We have accomplished a lot in our first year and are looking forward to bringing on some new board members for some newly created positions! (visit to learn more about the current Board)

We have SIX open Board of Director Positions and the current WLFN Board welcomes you to nominate yourself for one of the six open positions. Candidates have until Friday November 29th to nominate themselves.

Complete the online nomination form at the following link: WLFN Candidate Nomination Form for WI Local Food Network Board of Directors

However, if you do not feel that you have the time, please help by forwarding this info to farmers, nutrition specialists, community leaders, local food consumers, etc. that care about creating more sustainable, fair, profitable and healthy food systems. If you have someone in mind that would be a good fit for this Board – please send your suggestion to Shannon Havlik ( and she will contact the person for you.

Here are the open positions:

Regional representation (learn more about the 9 different regions at

  • Southeastern
  • Southwestern
  • Northeastern
  • Northwestern

Topic area: (learn more about the 9 topic areas at

  • Infrastructure Development
  • Policy Outreach and Education


WLFN Policy Survey

The Wisconsin Local Food Network Policy Committee would love your feedback to help us determine the focus and scope of the WLFN’s policy efforts.
Click here to take a brief survey (only 4 questions). It will take just 1-2 minutes of your time. Hint: when using the ranking feature, it works better to drag the box and reorder, rather than use the numerical ranking feature to the left.
Thanks! Your input is much appreciated.


Attend the “Food Aggregation in NE Wisconsin: A Forum for Local Food Advocates”

Friday, November 22, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
NWTC Main Campus, Student Center (SC) Room 128
2740 West Mason St, Green Bay, WI

Registration is $5 per person, to be paid at the door.  Please register at the above web site, in advance, so we can plan appropriately. Or, email or call Claire Thompson at (920) 388-7136 to register.

To register visit:


Farmers, value-added food producers, distributors, institutional buyers, restaurateurs, Farm-to-School advocates, cooperatives, consumers and foodies of all flavors are invited to learn, dialog, network and plan to develop new opportunities to grow, sell and buy local food in Northeast Wisconsin.

Invited Guests include:

  • Sarah Lloyd from the Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative
  • Natasha Lanz and Matt Gougeon from the Marquette Food Cooperative
  • Fred Depies from Trust Local Foods LLC

There will be ample time to network and share information about your local food interests and projects. We will also enjoy some delicious local food!