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!


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.