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Winter Farmers Market Opening

Plus, splendid sausages, a new beer garden and new salad and juice kiosk.

By - Nov 3rd, 2014 12:50 pm
The Domes. Photo by Dave Reid.

The Domes. Photo by Dave Reid.

Yes, those lovely warm weather farmers markets are gone, but that just means it’s time for the indoor winter markets to begin. The Milwaukee County Winter Farmers’ Market began its season last Saturday in the Mitchell Park Domes (524 S. Layton Blvd). The market offers wholesome artisanal goods from local farms and businesses that promote sustainable cultivation. Patrons will find fresh vegetables like kale, brussels sprouts, beets and sweet potatoes, varieties of grass-fed meats, fish, fresh organic baked goods and selections from several local creameries.

The market has been running for six years and was initially sponsored by the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association, which also helped to establish its first location at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center.This year’s new vendors include Appleton-based Dalla Terra Pasta, Madison’s Honey Bee Bakery, Elkhorn’s LotFotl Community Farm and Wisconsin Dells’ Roots Chocolates. The new Milwaukee vendors are Sugar Bee Farm and Zymbiotics. A complete list of vendors, and their respective schedules, can be found on the MCWFM website . The market runs every Saturday through April 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and will be closed November 29th and December 27th…

As we’ve reported, The Vanguard was set to open in Bay View at 2659 S. Kinnickinnic and so it did on Friday, with a menu featuring 14 kinds of sausage, including smoked sausage, cheddarwurst, a hot dog, brat, hot banger and veggie versions, with such dipping sauces as deviled avocado, burnt ginger, and house Cheez Whiz…

New Germantown Beer Garden: Not only does Chaz Hastings own Milwaukee’s Harley Davidson dealership, the Old Town Inn and the Von Rothenburg Bier Stube on Germantown’s historic Main Street, but now Hastings is planning to build an impressive 5 acre beer garden just behind his Germantown restaurants. The beer garden will be modeled after the Hofbrauhaus in Munich and will include a brat house, a tavern, a pavilion and a clock tower. The project will be introduced to the city’s planning commissioners on November 10th, and Hastings is hoping to open the beer garden by next Oktoberfest, at the latest…

Grassroots Salad Company, a kiosk serving made to-order salads, wraps and juices is opening near the food court entrance at Brookfield Square Mall, 95 N. Moorland Road, Brookfield. It’s run by the owners of Georgie Porgie’s restaurants in Oak Creek and Mount Pleasant, known for their custard and burgers, but now they boast a website for Grassroots touting the benefits of juicing and eating green.

That means you can order juices like “Green Power,” fresh apple juice blended kale, spinach and pineapple, or  “Dr. Roots,” with fresh beet, apple, carrot, ginger and lemon juice.

Customers can design their own salads ($6.99) and wraps ($5.99), from several kinds of greens and toppings including roasted vegetables, edamame, quinoa, Wisconsin Parmesan cheese and apple. Open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Now Closing:

Il Mito officially closed this past Saturday. The Italian restaurant has been operating out of the Knickerbocker hotel since 2013. Owner Michael Feker released an official statement on Twitter stating, “This decision was made with much thought and regret, due to ongoing disagreements with and limitations from the Knickerbocker Condominium Association and the landlord of the space that we wanted to transform into your home away from home, AKA IL MITO East.”

Brady Street’s World of Beer is closing temporarily. An unofficial statement on the bar’s closing was released via Facebook last week. However, partner Jeff Ferchoff has said that if he is able to obtain the business, it will reopen within a week to include both an expanded menu and spirits. Meanwhile the franchise company’s location in Mayfair, which opened in August, is going great guns.

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