Butter Braid Fundraiser HAS STARTED! Order you Butter Braids and Pick up on the last weekend of the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour!

Butter Braid Fundraiser HAS STARTED! Order you Butter Braids and Pick up on the last weekend of the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour!


Back in 2018 we worked with J & M Fundraising and did a Butter Braid Fundraiser. The money from the Butter Braid sales was used to pay for Porta Potties along the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour! It was a huge success! So, we are trying it again. Order your Butter Braids between August 19th and September 13th – online with a credit card or in person with cash or check from any Hill and Valley Exploration Tour Venue – and pick up on the last weekend of the Tour September 26 and 27 at the Branding Iron Roadhouse Farm-to-Fork Eatery, Main Street, Lime Ridge! Proceeds will be used to fund Porta-Potties along the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour route!

What is a Butter Braid you ask? It is a flaky, yeast pastry that is fool-proof to bake. The photo is a picture of a Butter Braid that we baked. So simple – Thaw, Rise, Bake, Eat! Butter Braids were a Midwest secret! In 1992, Marlene and Ken Banwart started a bakery in their rural farming community in West Bend, IA. Marlene and Ken kept their new business a secret – they were worried how their farming community would view their non-farming business. Twenty-six years later, hidden gem cottage industries such as Butter Braids can be found in rural communities throughout the Midwest! Come and join the fun and find OUR Hidden Gems on the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour!

Google Map for the 4th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour is Updated

Google Map for the 4th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour is Updated

We have updated the Google Map for the 4th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour to include the location of the Hay Art Sculptures and the Special Event Venue Locations! Check out the updated google map and plan your route!  Our planning for the tour is well underway and we are so looking forward to seeing everyone in September 2020. 

*The tour has moved to the last two full weekends in September. 
*The Picturing Sauk Country Trail is being reinstalled.
*Two colossal Hay Art Installations are planned
*Check out our Facebook page for Events. There are many more to come!

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Our 4th Annual 2020 Hill and Valley Exploration Tour Google Map is Ready – See who is on the TOUR Now!

Our 4th Annual 2020 Hill and Valley Exploration Tour Google Map is Ready – See who is on the TOUR Now!

Introducing the 2020 Hill and Valley Exploration Tour Venues! Check out our google map and plan your route!  Our planning for the tour is well underway and we are so looking forward to seeing everyone in September 2020.  The tour has moved to the last two full weekends in September.  So many good things happening then!  Just so you know, the Picturing Sauk Country Trail is being reinstalled and we are planning on two hay sculptures! It is going to be a great tour. Each year just gets better and better! Sign up for our email list for breaking news!


Tips & Techniques from Grand Champion Exhibitor Allie Reinecke – Sunday, September 20, 2020 – at Fearing Angus

Tips & Techniques from Grand Champion Exhibitor Allie Reinecke – Sunday, September 20, 2020 – at Fearing Angus

Held at the Fearing Angus Farm, this event is for 4H kids and their parents interested in showing cattle. Allie Reinecke will walk you through the process. Allie is an amazing young woman from the Reedsburg area. During this event, Allie will share her tips and techniques for cattle showmanship success. There will be tips & techniques, animal demos, Q&A session, and fun had by all. While there is no charge for this event, please register so we know how to planl Please dress in layers as this event will be held in an unheated farm building at Fearing Angus Cattle.

Get your tickets here! There is no charge, but we do need a head count of attendees.

Learn more about this event at Fearing Angus Facebook Events page.

About Allie Reinecke:
     Allison Reinecke grew up in Reedsburg, Wisconsin and has over 12 years of experience showing and raising cattle. She got her start showing her family’s Holsteins at local and district shows. She soon started to purchase and show market steers at the Sauk County Fair, the Wisconsin State Fair and jackpot shows through 4-H and FFA.
Allison has had success at the county and state level in showmanship, placing as the Master Beef Showman at the Sauk County Fair for 3 years. Allison has also had grand and reserve market animals at the Sauk County Fair and in breed divisions at jackpot shows around the state.
     Through her 12 years of showing, there were many lessons learned, and Allison enjoys passing on her showmanship, daily care, and calf selection tricks and experiences with newer, younger cattle exhibitors.
In addition to showing club calves, Allison also has experience in livestock judging contests, placing as the 2nd overall individual at the 2014 Wisconsin State FFA Livestock Judging contest.
After graduating from UW-Platteville in 2019, Allison has started her career with Illinois Farm Bureau as a county manager in central Illinois. In her professional role, she regularly works with, and supports FFA and 4-H exhibitors with their animal projects.

 


Fall Harvest Farm Dinner – Sunday, September 27, 2020

Fall Harvest Farm Dinner – Sunday, September 27, 2020

A celebration of the 4th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour and Fundraiser for the 5th Annual Tour, the Fall Harvest Farm Dinner is a true farm-to-fork dining event. Held in the field at the beautiful home farmstead of Kathy and Frank Dwyer, the Fern Creek Retreat, Hillpoint, WI, this event epitomizes the best of rural living with beautiful vistas and incredible, fresh food.

Ingredients for all dishes are sourced from the participants of the Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: A celebration of rural living, September 19-20 and 26-27, 2020. Lisa Buttonow, Branding Iron Roadhouse Farm-to-Fork Eatery, Lime Ridge, and Nick Wingate, La Crosse, are your culinary tour guides for this event. Menu to be released closer to the event and after the fall harvest.

Hiking the Fern Creek Retreat is encouraged; please wear the appropriate foot gear and dress in layers as this event is outdoors.

The Brown Paper Ticket price is a deposit of $25. Total price for the event is $70 excluding tax and gratuity. Remainder of event price ($45), tax and gratuity will be collected the day of the event and may be paid in cash, check or credit card. Proceeds from the on premise Cash bar go to the 5th Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour in 2021.

Come relax at the beautiful Fern Creek Retreat. Dine on locally sourced dishes, beautifully prepared and served al fresco!

Reservations are Required. Tickets available from https://fallharvestfarmdinner.bpt.me


Community Kickoff Event at Reedsburg City Park – Friday, September 18, 2020

Community Kickoff Event at Reedsburg City Park – Friday, September 18, 2020

Hill and Valley Exploration Tour Community Kickoff Event at the Reedsburg City Park. Come to the Reedsburg City Park on Friday Night, September 18th to celebrate rural living and the fourth annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour. Free Entertainment by the Union Road Band. Wood-fired Oven Pizza by the Branding Iron Roadhouse Farm-to-Fork Eatery. This event is supported in Part by Compeer Financial.

The 2020 Fourth Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: A celebration of rural living is moving to the last two full weekends in September. 

Union Road is known for their multi-genre variety of music ranging from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, through current hits. With something to please every crowd, Union Road appeals to easy-listeners and boot-scooters alike.
The Branding Iron Roadhouse Farm-to-Fork Eatery is a unique country restaurant featuring locally grown foods and seasonal menus. Wood-fired Oven Pizza is USUALLY on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Visit their facebook page facebook.com/brandingironrh for updates and schedule changes!

Coming in 2020 – Hay Art Installations

Coming in 2020 – Hay Art Installations

New in 2020 for the Fourth Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour are Hay Art Installations! Stephanie Knuth of Narrows Creek Farm and Laurie Meyer of Joe Meyer & Sons Dairy are the first two ARTISTS confirmed.  They will be creating Hay Art and installing it on their home farms.  If you are interested in creating Hay Art, please give us a call! From Single Bale to Large Sculptures, all hay art installations are very welcome. Come and Join the Fun!

The 2020 Fourth Annual Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: A celebration of rural living is moving to the last two full weekends in September. 

Hay Art Installation “Milk Truck” by Laurie Meyer
Hay Art Installation “Happy Pumpkin” by Laurie Meyer

Dates for the 2020 tour Announced

Dates for the 2020 tour Announced

The 2020 Hill and Valley Exploration Tour: A celebration of rural living is moving to the last two full weekends in September.  Shop rural artists, businesses and farms onsite during these two fall weekends. The 2020 tour will be September 19-20 & 26-27, 2020.

Music, Pizza & Wine: 2019 Hill and Valley Exploration Tour Celebration and 2020 Tour Fundraiser

Music, Pizza & Wine: 2019 Hill and Valley Exploration Tour Celebration and 2020 Tour Fundraiser

Welcome to the 2019 Hill and Valley Exploration Tour Celebration and 2020 Tour Fundraiser at the Narrows Creek Winery, Loganville.
Local Musicians! Wood-fired Oven Pizza by the Branding Iron Roadhouse Farm-to-Fork Eatery, Wisconsin Fruit Wine by Narrows Creek Winery, and Locally-brewed Craft Beer Available for Sale. A portion of proceeds support the 2020 Hill and Valley Exploration Tour.
Tickets can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets or at the Door! $8 per person! Thank you for your Interest and Support!!

Design Your Own Beef Rub

Design Your Own Beef Rub

Saturdays Only! Stop at the Wisconsin Beef Council’s Take and Make Table at Fearing Angus to create the PERFECT Rub for your Fearing Angus, Dandelion Ridge, and Valley Springs Farm BEEF! It’s for DINNER!

Chat the Small Cow/Calf Operation with Farmer Steve Fearing

Chat the Small Cow/Calf Operation with Farmer Steve Fearing

Join Farmer Steve Fearing at Fearing Angus to discuss the ins and outs of the Small Cow/Calf Beef Operation.  Available on Both Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday October 6, from 10am to 4pm, to chat on the farm. Take a look at his calves for sale.  Ground beef, summer sausage and beef sticks made from Fearing Beef are available for sale.

#picturingsaukcounty Trail frame – Corn Steal

Peter Krsko – Paint the Forest

Peter Krsko – Paint the Forest

Peter Krsko, Paint the Forest Event, is a inclusive event for all ages.  No art experience required.

Saturday, October 5th, 1pm to 4pm, and Sunday, October 6th, 11am to 1pm!

About Peter Krsko:
Peter Krsko creates collaborative and community public art, such as sculptures and murals, inspired by biological concepts of diversity, differentiation, participation and co-ownership. His sculptural installations mimic the structure and form of natural entities as well as the dynamics and laws of interactions among members of the ecosystems.

Brochures Are Available NOW! Links to Venues!

Brochures Are Available NOW! Links to Venues!

Our gorgeous brochures are READY for PICKUP!  Pick up your brochure at The Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Uw Extension Office, 3rd floor, Baraboo, and Any Tour Venue!

Brochures were Designed by the Amazing Trish Duren (PM Duren Art Studio, Cazenovia).

Tour Venues:

Branding Iron Roadhouse Farm-to-Fork Eatery, Lime Ridge
Carr Valley Cheese Co, La Valle
Dandelion Ridge Farm by Lime Ridge
Fearing Angus by Lime Ridge
Narrows Creek Garden, Lime Ridge
Narrows Creek Winery, Loganville
PM Duren Art Studio, Cazenovia
Valley Springs Farm and B&B, Reedsburg
Weston School District, Cazenovia
Woodland Valley Farms Greenhouse, by Valton
Ernest Hupeden’s Painted Forest, Valton

Brochures Are Available NOW! Links to Venues!

Brochures Are Available NOW

Our gorgeous brochures are READY for PICKUP!  Pick up your brochure at The Reedsburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Uw Extension Office, 3rd floor, Baraboo, and Any Tour Venue!

Brochures were Designed by the Amazing Trish Duren (PM Duren Art Studio, Cazenovia).

Tour Venues:

Branding Iron Roadhouse Farm-to-Fork Eatery, Lime Ridge
Carr Valley Cheese Co, La Valle
Dandelion Ridge Farm by Lime Ridge
Fearing Angus by Lime Ridge
Narrows Creek Garden, Lime Ridge
Narrows Creek Winery, Loganville
PM Duren Art Studio, Cazenovia
Valley Springs Farm and B&B
Weston School District, Cazenovia
Woodland Valley Farms Greenhouse, by Valton
Ernest Hupeden’s Painted Forest, Valton